Teenage squash star Anahat Singh has announced herself on the global stage with a sensational performance in her opening match at the 2022 Commonwealth Games.
The 14-year-old Indian beat Jada Ross of St Vincent and the Grenadines in straight sets to reach the round of 32 in the women’s singles event. Singh dropped just seven points across the match and won the final set to love.
Afterwards, Ross acknowledged her opponent’s incredible effort and showed her appreciation by giving Singh a big hug.
Who is Singh?
Singh is the youngest competitor for India at this year’s Games, having qualified via competing in the national selection trials.
Originally from Delhi, Singh has won eight international titles already in her career.
She won the US Junior Squash Open last December and ranked top in the U-15 category in Asia.
Singh also won gold at the British Junior Squash Open in 2019 and followed this up by winning silver in 2020.
After the Games are done, she will take part in the World Junior Squash Championships, which will take place in France.
India’s pursuit of medals in squash events will be headed up by experienced campaigners like Dipika Pallikal, Saurav Ghoshal and Joshna Chinappa, yet all eyes will be on Singh as she attempts to make history.
Future World Champion?
Speaking to Sportstar, the teenager opened up about her aspirations for the future.
“I want to play PSA (Professional Squash Association) and eventually be World Champion”, she stressed.
Addressing her selection for this year’s Commonwealth Games, Singh admitted everything has come as a shock.
“It was shocking because I didn’t think I’d get selected but I was really excited when I did.”
Asked how she felt about being the youngest member of the Indian team, she said: “It’s a bit overwhelming and It’s very different because I’ve been playing juniors but I’m really looking forward to it.”
Fans praise Singh for remarkable debut
A clip of Singh in action was shared by the BBC on Twitter, prompting a number of fans to laud the Indian youngster.
Many described her as an “inspiration”, while others stressed that she could go all the way and win gold in the event.
“She’s already a junior champion and a prodigy. We expect her to go all the way to the medals,” one fan said.
“The most relaxed debut ever. She’s not even trying,” wrote another.
Meanwhile, a third added: “She’s only 14 and effortless. A joy to watch!”