SCMC Tennis Champion Aditi Krishnan Bags Landslide Victories At SIU Tournament

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Aditi Krishnan picked up the tennis racket for the first time back when she was 4 years old in Delhi. This interest was ignited once again in 2011 in Shillong when she started taking 5 hours of training sessions that were split between fitness and the game. From here she began participating in the All India Tennis Association (AITA) and honed her skills.

Skills that we witnessed dominating at the Symbiosis International University (SIU) Tournament, lawn tennis category; with Aditi clinching the gold medal. The first game of the tournament began with playing against Ruhani, a first-year from Symbiosis Institute of Technology (SIT) where she won 6-1. The semi-finals were against a second-year student of Symbiosis School of Liberal Arts (SSLA) Anhita where she beat them 7-0. It was in this game that she felt she was in form and warmed up for the finals.

In the finals, Aditi had to play against Nandita, a 4th-year student from SSLA, who she trained against frequently in friendly matches. This was a 3-set match and it began with Aditi leading 2-0. However, at this point in time, Aditi began pondering about her victory being within grasp and began losing concentration, creating an opportunity for Nandita to break. When discussing this entire situation with us, she recalled a famous quote from the tennis legend, Rod Laver,

“The time your game is most vulnerable is when you’re ahead, so never let up”

This loss of concentration when we are just a few steps from victory is exactly what Aditi was dealing with but this quote guided her to focus on just the next point and to stay in the game despite the deterioration. The added pressure of representing her college and carrying the hopes of every student served as motivation to keep fighting until the very last point. Due to her prior knowledge of Nandita’s weaknesses, Aditi focussed on her strategy of attacking Nandita’s weak backhand and brought the game back in her favour with a victory score of 4-2, 4-0.

“Representing any organisation is massive.” says Aditi, her first foray at the college level happened in ITS. Even though it was at just the inter-batch level it felt significant to not play for just herself. Representing college was a step above that and all she could think in moments of pressure and when in doubt was:

“I have to win, people do have expectations and I don’t like disappointing people at all.”

She definitely didn’t disappoint and put on a great show for us all as she fought through multiple nail-biting deuces and finally received a well-deserved medal. Aditi hadn’t thought of dedicating the victory to anyone at that point but when asked by us, she pointed to her idol, Roger Federer.

As a sports coordinator of 2023, her message to all those reading is that sports are one of the best ways to express yourself. Even for those who might have stage fright like her, this is one arena where you can have fun, no judgment and learn from your friends. At the end of the as long as you go in to win and give it your all, you’ve got nothing to worry about. As we ended our conversation, she left us with this quote that was from outside her academy in 2018:

“Winning isn’t everything, wanting to win is”.

Aryan Krishnan
(Batch 2023)