India has sent a diverse and sizeable pool of talents to represent the nation at the 22nd edition of the Commonwealth Games, yet none of them is as young as the talented Anahat Singh. Her opening victory was followed by a heartwarming gesture by her more experienced opponent.
ANAHAT DEFEATED JADA ROSS OF ST. VINCENT AND GRENADINES
The 14-year-old Indian faced Jada Ross – representing St. Vincent and Grenadines – in her first match in the squash women’s singles competition on Day 1. In an incredibly confident display, Anahat defeated her opponent 11-5 11-2 11-0.
Following the match, Ross showed a sportspersonlike and heartwarming gesture. Despite losing the match, she reached out to Anahat and embraced the young Indian. The audience at Birmingham reacted to the moment with a roaring sound of applause.
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SHE AND HER COACH ARE PLEASED WITH HER GAMEPLAY
Speaking to PTI, Anahat described her emotions on her round of 64 victory. She said that the match was fun and exciting. She did not definitely know what to expect as it was her first senior tournament – she was included in the Indian CWG squad following terrific performance in junior tournaments all over the world – but she gained confidence as the match progressed. Her youth made her believe that she had nothing to lose, and that idea made her more relentless.
“It’s really exciting and so much fun… It’s my first senior tournament, so I didn’t really know what to expect, but I got more confident as the match went on. I had nothing to lose… A lot of my family are here and they were all cheering really loudly,” she said.
Coach Chris Walker praised Anahat, arguing that she had great problem-solving skills and is immensely talented. Terming her a lovely girl, Walker added: “She has got a great attitude to all this attention. She’s just enjoying the ride. She won the third game 11-0, there was never any chance of her letting up. She is very present when she is playing and so mature for such a young age.”
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