Shikha Uberoi, of Japan, returns a shot to Akiko Morigami during the first round of the Pacific Life Open, Thursday, March 10, 2005, in Indian Wells, Calif.
Mar 11th, 2005, 04:24 PM
Shikha advances at Pacific Life Open
March 11, 2005 15:27 IST
Shikha Uberoi advanced to the second round of the Pacific Life Open tennis tournament in Indian Wells, on Thursday night, beating Japan's Akiko Morigami.
Uberoi maintained her stupendous form that had seen her come through the tough qualifying rounds of the 2.1 million-dollar event sanctioned by both the ATP and WTA Tours to thrash world no. 81 Morigami 6-4, 7-5 in the first round encounter.
Uberoi, ranked 147, next faces 27th seed and world number 41 Meghan Shaughnessy of the US.
Uberoi had earlier beat another Japanese, Saori Obata 6-3, 6-1, and Russia's 146th ranked Ekaterina Bychkova 6-2, 3-6, 6-4 in the qualifiers.
The Indian Wells event is a Tier-1 event and includes the world's top-ranked players including world number one Lindsay Davenport, Frenchwoman Amelie Mauresmo, Russia's Wimbledon champion Maria Sharapova and Elena Dementieva.
Mar 11th, 2005, 05:23 PM
Are yuo sure she's playing for India now?
Mar 12th, 2005, 12:26 PM
She is according to many articles published in the last months.Here's one of them:
Playing for India is my motivation: Shikha
By Vijay Parthasarathy
Despite cynicism Shikha Uberoi takes pride in playing for India. - Photo: P.V. Sivakumar
HYDERABAD, FEB. 10. Such is the hype surrounding Sania Mirza in her hometown that she's had to turn as elusive as the Scarlet Pimpernel. The invisible barrier which springs up inevitably between the famous and the hoi polloi is, in her case, already as impenetrable as a poker player's gaze. She actually has — you shudder at the term — a fan-following.
Meanwhile, her doubles partner Shikha Uberoi faces no such trouble as she coolly reclines against her seat, in the top-tier of the stands, just as Sania's singles match begins.
Five months before Sania got the public tripping on tennis with her performance against Serena Williams, the Indian-American girl made the main draw of the 2004 U.S. Open and then, in the first round, clinically took apart Japan's Saori Obata, who was, at that point, ranked number 56 in the world.
In the next match — against Serena's sister Venus — the 21-year-old Shikha took an early 4-1 lead and gave the former World No. 1 a scare before eventually losing in straight sets.
By that time Shikha had already expressed her desire to play for India. Yet, any hype was muted and, as a society, we passed up the opportunity to bask in the reflected glory. That she was Vivek Oberoi's cousin barely received mention. There were no bright ideas of an ad with the Bollywood star either. Shocking, given that in the past we have often dwelt at length on the achievements of individuals whose Indian connections were more or less intangible.
Shikha, whose father is from Hyderabad, has won three ITF titles to date; she had decent results to show in 2004 and the match against Venus was something of a highpoint. "I knew I could beat Venus and I guess the pressure began to build a little after I got the lead," Shikha says, shaking her head, the twang not as pronounced as you might have expected.
"I didn't put away a couple of volleys fast enough and, well, there's a big difference between the top-10 in the world and the next 200."
She was supposed to graduate with the Princeton class of '04, but attended only a year of college and has, since, been on an extended break to allow her to concentrate on tennis.
"You have so many more tennis players in the U.S. who are good, so the competition is tough," Shikha says. "Training with Rick Macey (Venus's former coach) in Florida obviously helps my game, but in the end it's about how tough you are mentally on court."
Shikha has since confirmed that she will play for India this year in the Federation Cup. The decision to switch loyalties has been questioned. As a top-ranked player in India, Shikha would cut far more lucrative sponsorship deals and get treated better; but she seems to take offence at that.
"Yes, it's easier to land sponsorships but it wasn't an issue with me," she says. "I would have been hankering after endorsements and ads, and that's definitely not the case. Besides, in the U.S., I had tons of private sponsors approaching me.
"More importantly, here I can play in the Fed Cup, the Asian Games and represent India at the Olympics."
Shikha agrees that in a highly individualistic sport like tennis issues like patriotism matter more to the crowds than the players themselves. However, she maintains that her primary motivation is to represent the country.
A study in contrast
Shikha and Sania are playing doubles together at the Hyderabad Open and their styles appear as contrasting as their personalities. Shikha has built a decent all-round game, she is equally comfortable volleying as she is hitting balls from the baseline. Sania can volley if pushed, but the 18-year-old prefers to dictate terms from behind the baseline in her singles matches. Shikha's two-fisted backhand has more variety, while Sania's forehand is arguably world-class.
Sania is flamboyant to the point of sounding brash; Shikha looks more circumspect. Of course, she's three years older than Sania. Together, they complement each other's game, and Shikha says they get along extremely well.
Shikha is currently ranked 148 in singles and would have been India's top-ranked woman tennis player, except that Sania's third round show in Melbourne propelled her to number 132 in the WTA rankings.
"There's no rivalry there," she smiles. "I want what's best for the country, and it's silly to let something like that come in the way of doubles partners. Sania has been wonderful for tennis in India and I think the sport can actually compete with cricket on equal terms. "Females here don't play enough sport. The idea is to be an inspiration to young girls. Back in the U.S., Indian parents would randomly walk up to me, saying how proud they were of me. Imagine what I could do here."
Mar 12th, 2005, 12:31 PM
And here's another one:
Uberoi cleared to play for India
February 03, 2005 19:42 IST
Last Updated: February 03, 2005 20:15 IST
Shikha Uberoi's dream of representing India has come true with the International Tennis Federation clearing her change of nationality.
Shikha, who has been representing the United States of America, her country of residence, was cleared to play for India in professional and organised team events at a meeting of the ITF Board of Directors on the sidelines of Australian Open in Melbourne last week.
The ITF's decision means that the Indians will have two to tango at the $140,000 WTA Hyderabad Open next week where Shikha and teen star Sania Mirza will be wild card entrants.
In fact, Shikha, cousin of Bollywood actor Vivek Oberoi, had played her first event under the tricolour at the $170,000 Volvo Open in Thailand this week where she lost to Spaniard Conchita Martinez in the first round.
Twenty-two-year old Shikha is ranked 148 on the WTA Tour, 17 places below Sania, and has won three ITF titles so far. Her younger sister Neha too is looking for a switch to Indian passport.
Shikha has also confirmed her participation at the WTA Hyderabad Open 2005, to be held in the city from February 7 to 12. She has been steadily rising in world rankings since 2004 and has qualified herself for the tournament's main draw.
She was number 2 on the qualifying list and has moved up after certain players dropped out from the main draw acceptance list.
Over a short span of time Shikha has received acclaim from fans and experts alike.
In her Grand Slam debut as world No.275 qualifier at US Open 2004, she signalled her arrival by defeating world No 56 Saori Obata and leading 4-1 over Venus Williams in the second round before going down 7-5, 6-1.
In September last she broke into Top 200 at No.182.
Shikha is trained by Venus Williams' former coach Rick Macey.
Mahesh Bhupathi, Managing Director of Globosport, organisers of the Hyderabad Open, said, "Shikha has a strong connection with Hyderabad and playing here would naturally inspire her to excel. We are sure Hyderabad would inspire her performance to soar. She would be yet another player to watch out at the contest."
Qualifier Shikha Uberoi failed to keep her momentum going and went down to Meghann Shaughnessy of the US in the second round of the Pacific Life Open in Indian Wells, California, on Saturday.
Shikha was outclassed in straight sets, 5-7, 1-6, by world no. 41 Shaughnessy.
The world no. 148, who will play for India in next month's Fed Cup against Australia, had upset world no. 81 Akiko Morigami of Japan 6-4, 7-5 in the first round.
Mar 14th, 2005, 03:29 AM
i dont think currently she is playing for India..
But if im not mistaken she intends to play for india in the future...
Most probably represent India in the Fed Cup...whenever that is
Mar 21st, 2005, 10:51 PM
She lost her qualifier match at the Nasdaq 100 open :(
Mar 21st, 2005, 11:06 PM
Shikha, you shouldn't have lost to Nakamura! :sad:
Apr 16th, 2005, 07:13 PM
Sania missing but Shikha, team are up for challengehttp://www.indianexpress.com/grfx/trans.gifhttp://www.indianexpress.com/grfx/trans.gifhttp://www.indianexpress.com/grfx/trans.gif
NEW DELHI, APRIL 15: When India actually take to the court in the Fed Cup beginning Monday, they will be hoping for some divine help. For, the Indians have a tough task ahead.
With an unfit Sania Mirza almost ruled out of the national duty, the focus will be firmly on the Florida-based Shikha Uberoi. But the youngster herself is not worried about all the hype. ‘‘I know it would definitely be tough but overall it will be a great learning experience. I am thrilled to realise a long-held dream,’’ she said talking to the media here today.
admitting that playing for the country would be a ‘‘different feeling’’ than being on the Tour, Shikha tended to look at the positives from the experience.
‘‘I was 10 when I first thought of turning pro. At 13 I was playing in tournaments representing the US, but at 15, when things turned serious and I was asked which country I would like to play, I was sure it was going to be India. The situation would be different, of course. It is something I have never experienced before in my life, but I am sure the team is up to it,’’ she added.
And her team certainly seems to be up to the challenge. Asked whether the absence of Sania would make a difference in team plans, there was an agreement that losing out on country’s best player was certainly disappointing. ‘‘But then it is a team event and I’m sure we’ll all do our best,’’ said Shikha.
Besides Shikha, the other main player for India would be Delhi girl Ankita Bhambri who came up winners last year. ‘‘To be very honest, I never expected to play any match last year with Sania and Rushmi in the team. I was surprised but then I decided to give my best and this year I am hopeful of doing better,’’ she said. She also counted Australia and China as the toughest opponents in Group I. Non-playing captain Enrico Piperno may still be keeping his options on Sania open (I might take the gamble of keeping her in the team for the tough matches in the later stages, he said) but in her absence, the rest of the field is game for action.
Apr 23rd, 2005, 11:10 AM
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Indian tennis player Shikha Uberoi plays a shot during the second game of the Fed Cup Asia-Oceania Group I match against India in New Delhi, 22 April 2205. Uberoi lost 6-1,6-2 to China's Na Li.
May 1st, 2005, 12:34 PM
Shikha Uberoi vs. Camille Pin
Go Shikha!!!! Best of luck!!!
May 3rd, 2005, 11:59 PM
(Q) Zi Yan (CHN) d. Shikha Uberoi (USA) 64 62
May 8th, 2005, 11:34 AM
1st rd:Stephanie Cohen-Aloro (FRA) d. Shikha Uberoi (USA) 61 64
May 10th, 2005, 09:55 AM
Sania retains ranking, Shikha moves up to 135th
New Delhi, May 9 (UNI) Primed for a comeback before the French Open after an ankle injury kept her out of the court for more than a month, Sania Mirza managed to retain her 72nd position in the latest WTA rankings, while Shikha Uberoi moved a step up to finish at 135.
The new rankings, released today, have Sania occupying the same 72nd place with 464 rank points.
Following her down the ladder is compatriot and seasoned Rushmi Chakravarthi whose 72 rank points place her at a poor 329th, thus slipping six places frmo last week's rankings.
Sai Jayalakshmy Jayaram slid nine places to finish 478 while Fed Cup team member Ankita Bhambri managed to improve her rankings, going two places up to finish 506. Rookie Shruti Dhawan maintains her 508th place while Ankita's sister Sanaa Bhambri is 547.
Meanwhile US-based Shikha Uberoi, who recently made her Fed Cup debut for India, is perched on the 135th place - moving a step up since last week's rankings. She tallied rank 268 points.
Her sibling Neha moved seven steps up to finish 285 with 292 rank points.
May 18th, 2005, 03:43 PM
Roland Garros qualies:
Jarmila Gajdosova def. Shikha Uberoi: 7-6 6-3
Jun 13th, 2005, 10:06 PM
Shikha will face Natalie Grandin in the first round. Good luck!!!
Jun 14th, 2005, 02:07 PM
Good win for Shikha!!!
She defeated Grandin 6-3 6-2
Jul 30th, 2005, 01:09 PM
Shikha will play qualies in SAn Diego.
Lindsey Nelson USA [WC] vs. Shikha Uberoi IND 
GO SHIKHA GO!!!!
Jul 31st, 2005, 12:46 AM
Shikha will play qualies in SAn Diego.
Lindsey Nelson USA [WC] vs. Shikha Uberoi IND 
Dally Randriantefy (MAD) d. (Q) Shikha Uberoi (IND) 63 62
Aug 22nd, 2005, 12:14 AM
A new flame burns in Shikha
NEW DELHI: In her own words, it was the most incredible experience of her life. Something that Shikha Uberoi never wants to forget.
Next week as the Indian (yes, she's been finally recognised as an Indian by the WTA) walks out to play the qualifying event for the US Open at Flushing Meadows, the night of September 3, 2004 will come rushing back to Shikha. For company, Shikha will have her sister Neha, who has received a wildcard from USTA for the qualifying event.
As a qualifier ranked 275 in the world, Shikha was expected to be as much a threat to former champion Venus Williams as Bahamas is to Brazil in football. The way the April-born Arian set about changing that impression was enough to wipe out the smirk, from New York to New Delhi.
"Last year was incredible. I know I'm going to be thinking about that but I know I won't put any pressure on myself just because I reached the second round last year,"an audibly excited Shikha said over the phone from Florida.
Such excitement was palpable even last year after her performance in the US Open. Great things were predicted for the Mumbai-born, now 22-year-old. She may not have caused any headline-worthy upsets since then but Shikha couldn't be bothered about criticism of that kind coming her way.
The fact that she is a staggering 145 places ahead of her ranking of 275 from last year is not enough to dull out the disappointment that emanates from some circles. "A few wins here and there and I'm sure I would've had a better ranking. I'm in no way satisfied with what has happened but I'm am not going crazy worrying about my ranking. Of course, I want to be ranked higher than 130, who doesn't. But I've improved so much since last year. There are so many positives,"Shikha declares.
Maturity and optimism have seen her through a few rough patches. Shikha knows it's your mind which makes you a champion.
"Tennis is not just about hitting the ball. Anybody who has reached this level is capable of doing that. What's important is to work on your mind. Years ago it was all about the physical aspect. I was so immature and childish last year but I've come a long way since then. I've matured a lot. I'm proud of the fact that I'm 22 and still improving."
It's not just her mind that Shikha's been working on. A couple of weeks ago, Shikha caught a few lessons with tennis guru Robert Lansdorp, the man who made Maria Sharapova the Wimbledon champion. "We were in California and thought it would be a good idea to take his advice on my forehand. He's such a great coach, having worked with the likes of Pete Sampras and Sharapova. He liked pretty much what he saw and I liked what he had to say. Just a few pointers here and there. I feel good and am raring to go,"Shikha revealed. With a new forehand and fresh desire to exceed, Shikha has indeed come a long way since that magical evening.
Aug 23rd, 2005, 12:03 PM
She faces Yulia Beygelzimer in the first round of qualies.Good luck,Shikha!!!
Aug 25th, 2005, 09:47 PM
No. 18 Qualifying Seed Shikha Uberoi enjoyed a come from behind victory over Yulia Beygelzimer (UKR) 0-6, 7-5, 6-3.
Aug 25th, 2005, 09:50 PM
No. 18 Qualifying Seed Shikha Uberoi struggled in the first set of her first round Qualifying match, but came back to win against Yulia Beygelzimer (UKR) 0-6, 7-5, 6-3.
Aug 26th, 2005, 10:59 PM
American and No. 18 Qualifying Seed Shikha Uberoi lost her third round Qualifying match against No. 1 Qualifying Seed Sybille Bammer 7-6(5), 6-2.
Aug 26th, 2005, 11:24 PM
Where did you find those pictures?
Sep 19th, 2005, 06:30 PM
Shikha Uberoi moves into second roundMonday, 19 September , 2005, 21:22
Kolkata: India’s Shikha Uberoi hit an array of powerful returns to sail into the second round with a fluent 6-1, 6-3 win over Japan's Ryoko Fuda in the USD 170,000 WTA Sunfeast open tennis tournament here on Monday.
The Florida-based Indian, ranked 152, ran away with the opening set by breaking her opponent in the third, fifth and seventh games before a sparse crowd at the Netaji indoor stadium, but faced a stiff resistance from her practice partner in the second set.
Shikha looked tentative when she committed a double fault and dropped her serve in the first game as the Japanese went on to take 3-2 lead in the second set. But Shikha clawed back to restore parity by demolishing Fuda in the sixth game. From then on, Shikha - the elder of the talented Uberoi siblings - seized control as Fuda lapsed into a series of unforced errors to lose the next three games conceding the set and the match.
Sep 20th, 2005, 08:37 AM
Shikha avoids the glare to keep Indian flag flyingJayanth Jacob (http://www.expressindia.com/about/feedback.html)
Kolkata, September 19: Shikha Uberoi won her first-round match 6-1, 6-3, but it took some adjusting. First it was the choice of courts which was a surprise and now the overhead lights. Shikha said she found it difficult especially when tossing the ball up while serving and during overheads.
“I have been trying to get used to the lights in practice, but a match is a different ball game. You may practice for weeks in these conditions, but it is totally different under pressure. Today, I was finding it difficult to sight the ball as I found the lights too bright for comfort. I had to choose my spot to serve, away from the glare, otherwise I feared I would lose the ball. It was the same with overheads, but there I didn’t have a choice,” she said.
Shikha also expressed surprise that the tournament is being played on this surface.
“Coming off the US Open where the courts are much faster, we expected the indoor courts to be different from what it is. I expected it to be carpet, the Indoor Supreme that is used elsewhere. It was quite a surprise, the surface they chose. But, I guess you have to adjust to everything,” she said. Having just seen off a Japanese player in her first match, Shikha could well bump into another in Rika Fujiwara in the second round. “I don’t know whether the Japanese players have a similar style of play, but I’ve heard something like that. They like to keep the ball in play and run around a lot. Whatever be the case, I’ll be ready,” she said.
Sep 20th, 2005, 08:38 AM
Home comforts boost Shikhahttp://www.indianexpress.com/grfx/trans.gif
KOLKATA, SEPTEMBER 19: The big news on Day 1 was Shikha Uberoi’s first-round win, and few would remember the name of her 18-year-old Japanese opponent or figure out why she lost.
But a little homework on Ryoko Fuda provides an insight into the highly competitive world of international tennis — and a reality check for highly demanding Indian fans.
It will also explain why Sania Mirza’s loss in the first round at Bali isn’t a reason to run her down; it happens to everyone on the circuit.
Ryoko’s career graph has seen a great rise, though not as spectacular as Sania’s. In the past year Ryoko has climbed 100 places and is currently ranked 181. Her opponent today, Shikha, was just 30 places higher than her, which isn’t much considering the neck-to-neck competition. The scoresheet shows a rather comfortable 6-1, 6-4 win for Shikha but it all boiled down to a few key points. Finally, it was the ‘home and away’ difference that will see Ryoko take the flight out today.
One key factor in the match was the disparity in crowd support. On Shikha’s side was a partisan crowd, her corner including her coach father, player/sister Neha and Fed Cup coach Enrico Piperno. Ryoko had just her coach Masahide Sakamoto. And while Shikha was never short of advice or encouragement, for Ryoko it all boiled to just talking to herself and pumping her fists.
A stranger in a strange land, Ryoko put up a brave front talking to the media with the help of coach, who played the part-time translator. She spoke of how she liked Indian food and called the crowd ‘sporting’ but did add, ‘‘home advantage is always there, it certainly helps the local.’’
And it was evident. Down in the second set, Shikha double faulted but the crowd saw to it that she held her serve. A questionable call in the final game was wildly applauded, so much so that Ryoko wouldn’t have dared to approach the chair umpire to reconsider the decision.
Life on the road for these young girls is tough. Coach Sakamoto says how Kyodo’s parents and he take turns to travel with the tennis prodigy. ‘‘If I have to travel with her all the time, I would go crazy,’’ he confessed. But traveling is a must since, like India, Japan too has a couple of WTA tournaments. And these are fringe benefits of an event of this magnitude. Players like Rushmi Chakravarthy, the Bhambri sisters and even Sania have never had this home advantage. Maybe the playing field is levelling out; even Ryoko will have her day.
Shikha Uberoi after her victory at the Netaji Indoor Stadium on Monday. Picture by Santosh Ghosh
Calcutta: In the end it was an easy win for India’s Shikha Uberoi, who swept into the second round with a 6-1, 6-3 win over Japan’s Ryoko Fuda at the WTA Sunfeast Open on Monday.
However, countrywoman Ankita Bhambri, a qualifier, crashed out in straight sets, losing 6-7 (3-7), 3-6 to Kaia Kanepi of Estonia.
Shikha, playing the first of the two main attractions on centre court at the Netaji Indoor Stadium, managed to steal Sania Mirza’s thunder with a strong display of baseline tennis.
You would have been forgiven if you thought that Monica Seles had come to town with both players grunting louder as they hit the ball harder. Shikha was the more vociferous, in both grunt and deed, as she pumped the air hard, screaming “Yes” every time she won a point.
It wasn’t a spectacular match, but there were flashes of brilliance from the Indian, who has taken some pressure off herself in her quest to improve her ranking by clearing in the first hurdle.
Fuda took first guard, rather shakily, letting her practice partner force her to deuce. But the Japanese fought back and finally took the first game when Shikha make sent a crosscourt forehand long.
Nerves settled, Shikha held her easily, losing just a point. On Fuda’s serve, she quickly went up 0-30 hitting a couple of scintillating forehands and soon had two break points. She converted the first and from then on it was plain sailing for the world No. 152 as she didn’t allow Fuda to win another game.
The second set saw Shikha’s concentration and serve waver a little, and the plucky Japanese, who is ranked 185 in the world, managed to get a little of her own back by breaking the Indian in the first game.
Fuda kept attacking her backhand and the ruse worked and she got the break when the Indian sent a backhand flying into the net.
Shikha very nearly broke back in the second game, but Fuda managed to hold and take a 2-0 lead. The Indian’s serve was still shaky, but good enough for her to hold, and get on the scoreboard.
She squandered a chance to level things in the next game, wasting two break points after forcing the game to deuce. But that hardly mattered, as she seemed to be getting back into her groove and easily held to make it 3-2.
She still, however, needed break to level things and avoid being taken the full distance. She made a slight adjustment to her game and began running around her backhand. Fuda’s game plan was thrown off course and she was broken to love.
Shikha didn’t look back and reeled off the next three games to take the set and match.
“I didn’t really expect the one-sided scoreline,” she said later at the after-match press conference. “Beginning the second set I lost a little focus.
“In the next round I realise I need to hold on to my focus and maintain a higher level of play in general as each round will only get tougher.”
India's Shikha Uberoi brought cheers to the home crowd humbling eighth seeded Japanese Rika fujiwara in straight sets 6-2, 6-3 to march into the quarter final of the US $ 1,70,000 WTA Sunfeast Open here today.
The Indian, ranked 152 in the world, rode on her big serves and let loose power-packed winners to unsettle her opponent and raided the prospects of a last eight date with top seed Anastasia Myskina provided the Russian wins her second round match. The cool-as-cucumber Indian broke her rival in the second game, but was immediately broken back. However, Shikha kept up the good show to demolish Fujiwara in the fourth and eighth games to take the set. The second set saw the Japanese seizing the initiative as she broke Shikha in the fifth game but the Indian bounced back by breaking the Japanese in the sixth and eighth games to seal the issue.
Shikha Uberoi became the first Indian to romp into the second round of the Sunfeast Open WTA Tour event at the Netaji Indoor Stadium, when she outsmarted Ryoko Fuda of Japan 6-1, 6-3. In the last match of the day, qualifier Indian Ankita Bhambri lost to Kaia Kanepi of Estonia 7-6 (7-3), 6-2. The first set saw Shikha in her elements, breezing past Ryoko with her aggressive play. The Japanese girl wilted under pressure, failing to combat Shikha's strong serve and forehand volleys. Both players played mainly from the baseline, and Shikha proved to be the stronger of the two. In the first set Shikha broke Fuda in the third, and fifth game and held her own to take a 5-1 lead. In the deciding game, she broke Fuda again, the winning point coming from a superb down-the-line backhand. She needed just about half-an-hour to wrap up the first set.
http://sport.indiatimes.com/photo.cms?photoid=1236983In the second set though, it seemed that the Japanese girl had got the measure of her higher ranked opponent. She broke Shikha in the first game, and it looked as if the American of Indian origin, who now represents India, was struggling a bit. But Shikha, managed to draw level with a break in the sixth, and then broke Fuda again in the eighth game to take a 5-3 lead. Serving for the match, she did look a bit tentative, serving a crucial double fault, but then managed to hold without further damage, much to the delight of the small but appreciative crowd at the Netaji Indoor Stadium. (AFP Photo)
http://sport.indiatimes.com/photo.cms?photoid=1236982"I sort of lost my focus a bit in the second set and Fuda sensed that. She started hitting a lot deeper," said Uberoi. "I just have to concentrate more on keeping my focus on for longer periods," added Uberoi, whose younger sister Neha Uberoi is also playing here. "I have been trying to get used to the lights in practice, but a match is a different ball game. You may practice for weeks in these conditions, but it is totally different under pressure. Today, I was finding it difficult to sight the ball as I found the lights too bright for comfort. I had to choose my spot to serve, away from the glare, otherwise I feared I would lose the ball. It was the same with overheads, but there I didn't have a choice," she said. "Coming off the US Open where the courts are much faster, we expected the indoor courts to be different from what it is. I expected it to be carpet, the Indoor Supreme that is used elsewhere. It was quite a surprise, the surface they chose. But, I guess you have to adjust to everything," she added.
http://sport.indiatimes.com/photo.cms?photoid=1236981Happy to have got past the first hurdle, she said she would like to take it one match at a time. Being the elder of the Uberoi sisters, she said that she could relate more to Venus than Serena Williams. "Well I know Venus better and I feel the same way towards Neha that she feels towards Serena - sort of maternal," she said with a smile. Shikha said she was happy with the court, but admitted that the light at times was a bit troublesome. There are some very bright spots and you may lose the ball," she said. (AFP Photo)
Sep 21st, 2005, 09:41 PM
http://sport.indiatimes.com/photo.cms?photoid=1236980Shikha Uberoi is one of the highest ranked Indian women players. She plays a powerful right handed tennis and her biggest achievement to date has been her feats at the US Open in 2004 where she qualified into the main draw after winning 4 matches. She had only made the qualifiers as a Wild Card entry. Shikha won her first round match and finally losing to Venus Williams in the second round 5-7 1-6. This event probably marked the real start of Shikha's career when people starting to sit up and take notice of her play. On September 02, 2004, it was an ordinary evening at the US Open in September 2004, when Venus Williams was to play a lowly qualifier at the Arthur Ashe stadium. Not exactly a match that will set one's pulse racing. But before Venus even warmed up, she was down 1-4, staring at a second round exit. Venus, using experience and skill, won in straight sets 7-5, 6-1 but tennis had glimpsed at the talent of a young, rising star. Shikha Uberoi lost that evening but she won the hearts of the huge gathering at the Arthur Ashe stadium. (AFP Photo)
The Uberoi twins, Neha Uberoi and Shikha Uberoi at the post match press conference after their straight sets victory 6-4 6-2 over Chia-Jung Chuang and Rika Fujiwara.
Sep 25th, 2005, 07:44 AM
Uberoi siblings storm into doubles final
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Kolkata, Sept 24: The Uberoi sisters - Neha and Shikha - reached their maiden doubles final on the WTA Tour, scalping Ukraine's Yuliana Fedak and Melinda Czink of Hungary in an exciting three-setter at the USD 170,000 Sunfeast Open here today.
The Florida-based Uberois got the better of their higher ranked rivals 7-6 (7-5), 1-6, 6-3 in the semifinal, egged on by a sparse crowd at the Neaji indoor stadium.
The first set was an absolute thriller and the real suspense came in after the first six games went with the serve.
Czink-Fedak broke the rivals in the seventh game as the Uberoi sisters committed a few unforced errors at the net to concede a 3-4 lead.
The rivals held their serve in the next two games as the score line read 5-4 in favour of Czink and Fedak.
But, just when the foreigners looked poised to snatch the set, the Uberois bounced back, riding on some magnificent down the line shots by Neha and aggressive winners from her elder sister to break their rivals.
The contestants retained serves in the 11th and 12 games as the set rolled into the tie-break.
The Uberois opened up a 4-0 lead in the tiebreak, but Shikha made some unforced errors to enable the European pair narrow the gap to 5-6.
However, The Indians took the next point to close the set.
Sep 25th, 2005, 12:59 PM
Shikha will be competing next week in Guangzhou tournament. Difficult first round match.
(3)Na Li vs. Shikha Uberoi
Sep 26th, 2005, 03:15 PM
Uberoi sisters seek to team up more often
http://www.ndtv.com/images/sports/misc/divline.gif Monday, September 26, 2005 (Kolkata):
Notwithstanding their loss in the final of the Sunfeast Open, Uberoi sisters Shikha and Neha said they hoped to play together more regularly on the circuit.
The Uberois, who would team up again for the Guangzhou International in China next week, said they needed to play more doubles together to make a name for themselves on the circuit.
"We are basically singles players. And I think that showed," Neha said after the duo went down 1-6, 0-6 to the fancied Russian combination of Anastasia Myskina and Elena Likhovtseva.
Seemingly overawed by the masterly display of the Russian duo, Shikha admitted they were simply left baffled on court. "They did not give away anything. We simply did not know what to do. We are left baffled," she said.
However, Shikha expressed satisfaction with her showing at the tournament where she also made it to the singles quarterfinals.
"I think I have played some of the best tennis this week. I look forward to bettering my performance in the near future," she said. (PTI)
Sep 28th, 2005, 03:04 PM
Shikha Uberoi crashes out of Guangzhou International in 1st round
New Delhi | September 28, 2005 2:49:07 PM IST
Shikha Uberoi's campaign in the 170,000 dollar Guangzhou International was cut short in the very first round after the Indian went down 4-6, 1-6 to third seed Na Li of China today.
Shikha, who had overshadowed fellow Indian Sania Mirza in the Sunfeast Open in Kolkata reaching the quarterfinals in singles, had a tough task against the Chinese.
However, the US-based Indian put up spirited fight in the first set and did not concede a single point without fight even though that could not stop the local favourite to bag the set.
The second, however, proved a one-sided affair with the Indian running out of steam and the Chinese showing ruthless form to win the set dropping just one game according to information received here.
Monday, October 10, 2005 19:37 IST
http://dnaindia.com/images/duoo.jpgPlaying doubles: The Uberoi sisters, Shikha (left) and Neha, were in Mumbai in-between tournaments for some R&R
"Oh gawd! I feel so weird with all this make-up," moans Shikha Uberoi. "Nah! Chill, you look lovely," coos younger sis Neha.
The Uberoi girls were in Mumbai in-between tournaments for some R&R. "We have family in Mumbai so it makes sense to come and spend some with them. After this we leave for tournaments in Switzerland and then Belgium," says Neha.
Indian women's tennis has never had it so good, and it also helps that the girls are at the top of their game. "We've been playing well, which has resulted in the fact that we've also risen in the rankings," says Shikha.
In the latest WTA Ranking, in singles Shikha is ranked at 139 and Neha at 248. "Our doubles ranking (140 and 134 respectively) have shot up since the Sunfeast Open in Kolkata. It was great to have the crowds support us there. We almost felt like movie stars," adds Neha.
While the girls have a lot of fun together both on and off the court, they don't hesitate to point out what is missing in each other's game. "Neha has a strong serve and forehand but she needs to mature a little bit. She has to learn to be patient," says Shikha. Neha, on the flipside, feels that Shikha needs to be more in tune with her body.
Sports aside, Shikha and Neha don't share too many interests. Except, maybe, in boys. "We talk about boys but where is the time for boyfriends. Right now, we are caught up in just playing tennis."
Oct 22nd, 2005, 03:40 PM
Shikha is competing in Hasselt qualifyings this weekend.
She defeated the local player (whom I'd never heard of,I have to admit) Davina Lobingger 6-1 6-0
Tuesday, April 25, 2006 23:35 IST
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After her exploits at the Fed Cup in Korea, DNA caught up with the 23-year-old Shikha Uberoi and quizzed her about tennis, Sania Mirza and of course her celeb brother Viveik.
An Indian first
I was born here and India is very much a part of my life. Maybe for Neha it is different (coz she was born in the States) but for me, it is the way I am. I wanted to be in the heart of India and I feel I’m slowly getting there. The people here are very emotional as compared to the Americans, and every time I disappoint them I feel like saying ‘sorry.’
I feel I’m improving every year, though I’m not setting any goals.I enjoy playing both singles and doubles but because of my ranking I don’t get many opportunities to play the doubles. I would say if I’m a teenager in singles, in doubles I’m just a six-year-old.
My brother Viveik
When he was studying in the US, we had great fun. But I have still not managed to go for any of his shoots and neither has he been able to come to watch me play (though I did invite him to the Sunfeast Open).
I love watching his movies, Company and Masti, in particular. I am also looking forward to Pyare Mohan.
Sania, no problem
Sania is a fantastic person. As a player, she’s great and the results she has achieved so far show her tremendous potential. It was a pity we couldn’t play in the Fed Cup last year but we hit it off this year.
I’m happy with the way my career has progressed so far. Whatever she has achieved is only on the basis of her performances. Even if the others had got similar opportunities, maybe they couldn’t have achieved the same results.
Venus, the good Samaritan
It was on September 11, 2001 (during the terror attacks on World Trade Centre), that Venus (Williams) gave me and Neha a lift after both of us were on our way back after losing in Challenger events. She had just been crowned the US Open champion and we were nothing then. But we were amazed by her humility and patience, as we got to know her more during the trip. It was ironical that I played Venus at the US Open three years later and had a chance to win (Shikha was 4-1 up in the first set before losing 5-7 1-6). That continues to be my most memorable moment.
Jul 25th, 2006, 01:39 AM
Congratulations to Shikha Uberoi & Jelena Jankovic for defeating the #1 seeded doubles team, Daniela Hantuchova/Ai Sugiyama (1), 6-3, 6-4, at the Bank of the West Classic in CA.
Looking for some big and positive things from Shikha and Neha!
Aug 12th, 2006, 11:17 PM
Big CONGRATULATIONS!!! to Neha Uberoi who defeated the #2 seed and ranked #49 in the world at the WTA Rogers Cup qualifying tournament in Montreal Canada.
I hope that you keep going strong. You've got it in you.
Great effort by Shikha in her match against Nicole Pratt. It will happen for you soon. Just keep pushing ahead.
Aug 13th, 2006, 03:53 PM
Huge CONGRATULATIONS!!! for making it into the main draw at the WTA Roger Cup tournament in Canada. Your hard work, tears and sweat is paying off.
Keep focusing, you will make it to the top!!!
Oct 28th, 2006, 05:47 PM
Time to rescue Shikha's thread ;)
She's playing qualies in Quebec tourney.Her section:
(1)FERNANDEZ, Clarisa vs ARN, Greta
MILLS, Danielle vs BACHMANN, Angelika
LISICKI, Sabine vs POLA, Laura
CARSON, Kit vs (8)UBEROI, Shikha
Good luck,Shikha!!!! :D
Feb 4th, 2007, 11:15 AM
Wild card for Shikha Uberoi
NEW DELHI, Feb 3: Shikha Uberoi has been given a wild card entry to the $175,000 Sony Ericsson International women's tennis tournament to be held in Bangalore from February 12 to 18.
The WTA Tour event will have eight-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams as the chief attraction besides the appearance of Sania Mirza and Australian Alicia Molik.
"For the remaining two wild cards, we are looking at various options. We will keep in mind deserving Indian players while also considering outsiders who can add value to the tournament," Tournament Director Sunder Raju, also Secretary of the Karnataka State Lawn Tennis Association who own the event, said at a press conference here last night.
Julian Mack, Director of Global Sponsorship of Sony Ericsson, said his company was committed to long term involvement in Indian tennis.
"We are the sponsors of WTA Tour and through that we are happy to be associated with Sania Mirza. We are excited to bring a fine line-up of players to Bangalore and we hope for further involvement in the growth of Indian tennis," Mack said from London via conference call.
Raju also unveiled the official website of the tournament and an on-line ticketing system.
The event will be telecast live on Zee Sports.
Raju said a 'Market Square' will be inside the venue complex.
"We have come up with this idea to attract the non-serious fans. In order to make them come everyday to the tournament, there will be life-style events, fashion accessories and jewellery shopping, and a high-hygienic food court," he said.
Anil Khanna, Secretary-General of All India Tennis Association and President of the Asian body, was also present on the occasion.