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Mumbai, MH, India

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Past articles by Zenia:

Interview: Aditi Ashok on Tokyo Olympics, teaching India golf, a tiger connection and more

The 23-year-old world No 200 finished fourth at Tokyo 2020, narrowly missing a medal after going toe-to-toe with the best players in the world. → Read More

Tokyo 2020, shooting: Explaining the unfortunate pistol issue that India’s Manu Bhaker faced

Bhaker, 19, suffered a weapons malfunction during her qualification round and lost almost 20 minutes, yet came close to a final berth. → Read More

French Open 2021: Novak Djokovic’s greatest Grand Slam triumph was also his toughest

The 34-year-old became the first man in the Open era to win each of the four Majors twice, an undeniable mark of greatness in modern men’s tennis. → Read More

From veteran Pavlyuchenkova to rising Greek star Sakkari: Meet the French Open semi-finalists

The last four in the women’s draw are all first-time semi-finalists at a Grand Slam. → Read More

French Open: As Aryna Sabalenka exits another Grand Slam early, what is holding her back?

The third seed in the women’s draw went down in the third round to Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova after a train-wreck of a third set. → Read More

Naomi Osaka withdraws from French Open: What can tennis learn?

The French Open incident should not go down as a gender or race issue or make for keyboard activism, but it should be a catalyst for real change in tennis. → Read More

Naomi Osaka withdraws from French Open 2021: Here’s all you need to know

The 23-year-old withdrew after the first round following the bitter fall-out from her decision to boycott all media activity at the Grand Slam. → Read More

I feel frustrated: Neeraj Chopra on how the lack of competition might derail his Olympic hopes

After a breakthrough 2018 season, javelin ace Chopra was laid low by an elbow injury all through 2019 and then, the pandemic struck. → Read More

Table tennis: How Sutirtha Mukherjee rose from a ban before Rio 2016 to Tokyo Olympics qualification

The 25-year-old from West Bengal sealed her Tokyo Games spot by beating India No 1 Manika Batra at the Asian Olympic Qualification. → Read More

Interview: Ankita Raina on how her breakthrough start to 2021 was fuelled by uncertain 2020 season

In 2021, the 28-year-old has so far made her Grand Slam debut, won her first WTA main draw match, lifted her first WTA trophy and broken into doubles Top 100. → Read More

Paddling towards success: The story behind the upswing of table tennis in India

A look at the rise of table tennis in India through the eyes of veterans and rising stars. → Read More

Indian shooting: After her historic ISSF World Cup performance, Ganemat Sekhon hopes to inspire

The 20-year-old won India’s first women’s skeet medal at a senior World Cup, before ending up with a total of three medals at the Delhi event. → Read More

First ODI: India’s big loss to South Africa was nothing but their search for a lost rhythm

Playing international cricket after a year, India’s rustiness showed in small but vital moments: shot selection, bowling variations, finding the gaps. → Read More

Tennis: What Serena’s tears tell us

The 39-year-old suffered a heartbreaking loss to Naomi Osaka in the Australian Open semi-final and broke down in the press conference. → Read More

Australian Open: Why Serena Williams’ straight-sets win over Simona Halep stands out

On paper, it looked like straight-sets, seemingly routine 6-3, 6-3 win. On court, it was one of the best matches Williams has played since her return. → Read More

Australian Open: The lessons in Medvedev and Pliskova’s contrasting reactions to meltdowns

Karolina Pliskova was dramatically dumped out early of yet another Grand Slam while Daniil Medvedev theatrically won a fifth set for the first time. → Read More

Akhtar Ali (1939-2021): ‘Mr Tennis’ of India, remembered for the generations he groomed

The Indian tennis great died on Sunday at the age of 81 due to multiple health issues, leaving behind an unmatched legacy. → Read More

Australian Open: Sound of tennis at its best as Simona Halep, Nick Kyrgios pull off thrilling wins

Jim Courier, speaking for fans everywhere, said after the men’s match that this is the best tennis has sounded since the pandemic. → Read More

Wrestling the odds: The story of ‘Goonga Pehelwan’ Virender Singh

He was rejected by the national team because of his impairment but he has now become the first deaf athlete to be awarded the Padma Shri. → Read More

Wanted: A Rahul Dravid (and a robust cricketing structure) for the Indian women’s team too

As seen in Australia, Indian cricket is lucky to have the blueprint ready to build bench strength. It’s time to apply that to the women’s team now. → Read More