Sister act: Sibling pair set to take tennis by storm

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:08 IST

After the Williams sister created sensation in the tennis arena, another sibling pair is set to take the sport by storm.

Sister act: Sibling pair set to take tennis by storm

New York:

After the Williams sister created sensation in the tennis arena, another sibling pair is set to take the sport by storm. Shikha and Neha Oberoi - India-born American citizens - are women tennis' brand new finds and are already being compared to Venus and Serena Williams. "It's hard to decide how I feel a€" more Indian or more American. It is really 50-50," says Shikha."I look at America as my maasi and India as my mother. I would love to play for India one day. I am an Indian just as much as I am American," she adds.In the limelightMumbai-born 21-year-old Shikha, the elder of the two sisters, volleyed her way into the limelight during the US Open this year.She played Venus Williams and although 380th ranked Shikha was beaten, she still came out the winner.Had she beaten Venus, she'd have become the first Indian woman to make it to the third round of a Grand Slam. And, racing to a 4-1 lead in the first set, she was looking good to pull it off. For Shikha and Neha, being raised in the US and holding American passports doesn't take away from their dream of representing India in international tournaments. Traditional upbringingBut despite having lived in the US most their life, the sisters had a traditional upbringing till they finally decided to make tennis a career.Mahesh Bhupati's firm, Globo Sport, has signed them up for the Indian market, while SFX, which is the same company that represents Andy Roddick and Andre Agassi, has signed up the sisters for the US and worldwide market. Shikha, who has a degree from Princeton University, wants to join the UN some day, and also come to India for environmental work. But that is in the future. For now, sports lovers in the country want Shikha and Neha to play the Indian dream on centre court.



Topics : Tennis
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