Queen of aces: Kyra Shorff

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first_imgKyra ShorffAll of 18, she is known as India’s latest tennis sensation. She has won many accolades in her fledgling career. Mumbai’s Kyra Shroff is a teen idol and is being christened the next best thing in Indian tennis. At 12, Shroff was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes but her talent couldn’t be stemmed. She made it to the world ranking of 946 in the doubles in the women’s category as of January 2011.And today, four doses of insulin a day are all she needs to keep her going. “Life needs to go on. My father, Firdaus Shroff advises me to take it in my stride, consider it a speed breaker and drive over it,” says Shroff who studied at St. Anne’s High School. Supplements recommended by her dietician, Nataly Haddard help her serve aces in the court. Born and raised in a family of sports lovers, Kyra finds her inspiration from her parents and her siblings. At six, she walked into the Wodehouse Gymkhana where her father used to play tennis. She first picked up the racquet at 10 and started regular practice sessions. Sporting a headband and professing her admiration for Roger Federer, she wants to take on the mantle. Her biggest inspiration is Lance Edward Armstrong, the former American professional road racing cyclist who is best known for winning the Tour de France a record seven consecutive times, after having survived testicular cancer. Shroff first came into the limelight after winning the international U-18 singles tournament in 2008. Till date Shroff has won 12 Singles and 15 doubles All India Tennis Association (AITA) National level tournaments. Her never-ending spirit comes from the family who believes that playing well is in their genes. Her father played county cricket for six years in Surrey, UK and has won the Maharashtra juniors in badminton. Her sister, Maia loves playing badminton, rugby and football while her brother Porus is the captain of Maharashtra (U-16) football team.”My brother is very talented,” reveals Kyra. “He has done exceptionally well in football over the past eight years. He represented the Kenkre Football Team travelling to Sweden for the Gothia Cup 2010 as well as will be representing the Maharashtra MSSA U-16 team in the Manchester United Cup this year. I hope as a sister I have inspired him in some way,” smiles Kyra.advertisementlast_img

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