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Ankita Ravinderkrishan Raina (born 11 January 1993) is an Indian professional tennis player and the
current Indian No. 1 in both women’s singles (since 2013) and doubles (since 2019).
Raina has won one WTA 125k in doubles, along with 11 singles and 18
doubles titles on the ITF Circuit. In April 2018, she entered the top 200
singles rankings for the first time, becoming only the fifth player
representing India to achieve this feat. Raina has also won gold medals in
the women's singles and mixed-doubles events at the 2016 South Asian
Games, and won a bronze medal in singles at the 2018 Asian Games.
Playing for India in Fed Cup, Raina has a win/loss record of 23–17. She has notable wins over Zhu Lin (CHN)
and Yulia Putintseva (KAZ), both at the 2018 Fed Cup.
Raina was born in the western Indian state of Gujarat to a Kashmiri Pandit family. Her middle-class
Hindu family hails from the town of Tral in Pulwama district, Kashmir. Her family left Kashmir in the early
1990s during the exodus of Kashmiri Hindus, due to the ongoing insurgency in Jammu and Kashmir. Raina
is fluent in Hindi, Gujarati, and English. Raina briefly studied at Brihan Maharashtra.
At the national events, Raina has represented her home state Gujarat. Her idols growing up were Roger
Federer, Rafael Nadal, Serena Williams and Sania Mirza.
Raina trains at the Hemant Bendrey Tennis Academy at the PYC Hindu Gymkhana in Pune. Previously coached
by Hemant Bendrey, she is now coached by Arjun Kadhe, who is also her trainer and hitting partner.
Raina is a steady baseliner who primarily relies on her speed and
counterpunching abilities to outlast her opponents. She hits with plenty of
topspin on both her forehand and backhand, and can hit in all directions
comfortably. She also uses the backhand slice quite often, as a way of
varying the pattern of a rally.