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The Serve with Trisha Sundaram

Trisha Sundaram
Trisha Sundaram
Fresh from her consolation singles victory at the July National Open (Omaha, Nebraska) in the girls 12s division, Chesterfield, Missouri, resident Trisha Sundaram spoke to CrossCourt about her life, her dreams and her favorite food.
 
What other sports do you like to play?
I like track and basketball and soccer.
 
Soccer, huh? What are your thoughts on the recent World Cup? 
Unfortunately, the USA didn’t do so good; or as good as I wanted them to. I wanted Ghana to win.
 
What is your favorite subject in school?
I love math. I don’t know why … it’s just the easiest out of all my classes.
 
And your least?
I would say science.
 
Why did you start playing tennis? 
I started playing tennis when I was six. We (our family) watched tennis a lot on television because my mom used to be a top player in India. She and my dad have been playing forever.
 
What are your goals in tennis?
To become No. 1 in the world. I have some really high expectations.
 
Who is your favorite player, and why?
I have a few favorites … Serena is one, but I really admire Arthur Ashe. His sportsmanship and how much went through with him and his life, people were racist against him, and he just went through with it. I’ve done a lot of research about him, and it’s hard, it was really hard for him. But he went through with it, winning three Grand Slams, and that’s really good.
 
If your could win any tennis tournament in the world, what would that be and why? 
Wimbledon. It is the most prestigious Grand Slam. Every tennis player dreams to win it. I also want to play Fed Cup for the U.S.
 
Your dad says that you're really humble when you go on the court and that you always think you're the underdog. Why can you say to that? 
Yeah. Everybody appears so good and it kind of brings me down. But then I play and I don’t care if I win or lose against them. It is an advantage – I know, it’s a little weird.
 
Who would you mose like to meet?
Rafael Nadal. Or Roger Federer. Oh, and Andy Murray.
 
What's the best part about playing tennis?
It’s the most exhilarating sport in the world. It requires so much ... you must be physically fit, mentally strong, have good footwork, good anticipation, good brain, good strategy, cross-training, coaching. All of this helps you to be the best.
 
It's a Saturday afternoon, what are you doing?
I don’t know. We might hit the courts, play ping-pong or chess.
 
Describe your tennis "style".
I don’t look too flashy because it makes me feel out of place. I wear mostly t-shirts from the tournaments. I always wear a skirt because that’s what all tennis players do,
but once in awhile I’ll wear shorts.
 
And your favorite food?
I love chocolate.
 
*This story originally appeared in the Fall 2010 issue of CrossCourt.
 

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