The city tennis player, Prinkle Singh, has earned the rights to play on the Wimbledon courts, London, in August this year. The CLTA trainee blanked Shreya Gulia (6-0, 6-0) in a one-sided semifinal match of the ongoing HSBC Road to Wimbledon Masters u-14 tournament held at New Delhi on Friday to qualify for the world finals going to be held in London.
Both the finalists in the boys and girls sections of the Indian circuit of the ‘Road to Wimbledon’ will play in the world finals to be held on the Wimbledon courts.
“I am very happy with my effort and will try and win the final too. It’s a dream come true for me. And I am sure I will put up a good show there,” said Prinkle, who will face Mehak Jain in the final tomorrow.
Last year, she missed the chance to play in the world finals as she couldn’t move beyond the quarterfinals. “Ofcourse the last year’s loss was at the back of my mind and wanted to do better this time. And I did it,” said Prinkle. Her elder brother Sumit Pal Singh is also among the top tennis players in the junior circuit in his age group.
Prinkle started playing tennis at the age of five just as a hobby after her father Mohinder Singh, who is an architect, shifted their base to Chandigarh from Jammu and Kashmir.
“It was only after shifting to Chandigarh that we were introduced to the sport by our father. He used to insist that we pick up some type of sporting activity for general fitness,” recalled the teenager.
Another CLTA trainee Shashikant lost to Sanchit Sharma in the semifinals and will play for third place on Saturday.