And as for her wish for the new year, the tennis star hopes to remain in good health, so that she can perform well in future tournaments as well. She talks to CS about the past year and her expectations from 2013:
I am looking forward to 2013 as there are a lot of new things happening this year. I have joined a dance reality show. This is the first time I will be dancing on properly choreographed sequences. And most importantly, I will be dancing with Shoaib, who’s an amazing dancer. Also, I am really waiting for future tournaments. I couldn’t perform well because of my injury last year. There are also plans to open my own sports academy by March and a restaurant as well.
Last year was definitely a good year for Indian sports. Sushil Kumar was the Indian sports person of the year for me. His performance in Olympics was outstanding. India’s sports standards have definitely risen. And hopefully in the years to come, we will see more and more Olympic gold medals in our country’s kitty.
As far as tennis is concerned, competition has grown so much that at any given point of time, it is difficult to predict who is good. Even though we lost in the Olympics, there are other tournaments where we did well. Tennis players can globally play around 30 weeks a year. So just concentrating on one tournament is not possible. We will look forward to next Olympics and try to win them but we also have tournaments like Wimbledon and other grand slams to look forward to.
Moments to cherish
For me, the most memorable tennis moments of the year were Serena’s grand victories and Andy Murray’s emotional speech. Serena Williams has always been my favourite sports personality. But last year she won Wimbledon as well as the Summer Olympics. Those were moments worth remembering. And when Andy Murray cried after losing the Wimbledon final to Roger Federer, I guess that was the moment for me. Seeing him cry, I cried too.