11th March 2019

What are the odds?!

Srinidhi Madhu took inspiration from her team mate Liam Channon and stormed her way to become GB 10U National Champion.

It's fair to say Srinidhi was an outsider for the tournament, a week before the event she wasn't even certain she had qualified! However, with her incredible mindset, she took each match a game at a time and played her highest level tennis when she needed it most.

After a nervous start in the 1st round she won her opening match fairly comfortably 5-3 4-0, to set up a QF with the No.2 seed, a player who up until now was unbeaten at this level all season. Srinidhi took her aggressive style to her opponent fearlessly, and stayed brave in the tie break to take the first set 5-4. She then kept her focus and intensity up in the second set, breaking the belief of her opponent and won the second set 4-1.

After 2 great wins, it was inevitable that her focus would switch to potentially winning the tournament. Her semi final was against a player she had previously lost to but she showed no signs of nerves, apprehensiveness or doubt, taking the match 4-1 5-3.

In her final, Srinidhi faced a very high level younger player, who posed a huge challenge as an opponent who seemed to get every single ball back into play. Just like Liam, Srinidhi looked like she belonged on the biggest stage, staying patient whilst aggressive, using patterns and angles to assert herself in the match. Eventually, after many long exchanges, she came through 5-4 4-2 to take the title!

Srinidhi's victory and success has many parallels with Liams. What really made the difference for her has been her attitude and mindset throughout her tennis journey. She has consistently tried to improve and grow as a player, never viewing losses or challenges as failures. This mindset also helped her in the moment of matchplay, staying brave and trusting the process in tight situations.

Everyone at Tennis Unito is hugely proud of this achievement and I'm sure Srinidhi will be already thinking about how she can improve to achieve even greater things in the future!