Maharashtra’s Prarthana Thombare is going to represent India at the Rio Olympics, 2016. The 22-year-old is going to partner her idol and inspiration, doubles World No. 1 Sania Mirza in the doubles’ category, where she hopes to win a medal for the country and make everyone proud at home.
The pair have already won a bronze medal together, in the women’s doubles at the 2014 Asian Games.
Thombare is considered an upcoming talent expected to emulate Sania Mirza in tennis on the world stage. Let us now take a look a 5 facts about her:
1. Thombare belongs to a small village named Barshi in Maharashtra. She started playing tennis at a very young age, and used to travel to Solapur with her father to train and hone her skills as a player.
She had a talent for the game which was noticed by many right from her initial days as a player. She used to defeat girls older than her and more experienced in the sport with ease, and that is when her parents enrolled her into the nationals after noticing her rare skills.
“I used to travel 70 km every day to go and train and it was getting taxing on my body as I required adequate rest. Hence, my dad took the decision to move to Solapur.”