In August, when Ahmedabad’s wheelchair tennis player Madhu Bagri took part in the Bangkok Cup, an International Tennis Federation (ITF) event, she became India’s first woman to entr in the paraplegic category of an international tennis event.
In less then three months, the 38-year-old added another feather in her cap when she won the 3rd National Paralympic Wheelchair Tennis Champion concluded in Bangalore on Sunday.
In the summit clash, that lasted around two hours, Madhu pipped 23-year-old Shilpa KP of Bangalore 6-4, 5-7, 10-8 (super tie-breaker).
“I am playing in my first national meet and a win here feels special. Also, my opponent Shilpa was the winner of the firstever national meet organised in India two years back. To beat a former national champion is a no mean feat,” said Madhu, who started working on her tennis just six months back in May at Ace Tennis Academy.
Elated with Madhu’s achievement, coach Parmesh Modi said that Madhu always had the desire to excel. “She is very dedicated, she puts in fourfive hour on court daily giving more than 100 per cent everyday. Also, the idea of making my assistant coaches Ravi Padhyar and Govind Darbar play against Madhu on a wheelchair helped her cause,” he said.
Source: Times Of India, Nov 11, 2013