With the country’s sporting calendar in tatters owing to the coronavirus pandemic, athletes across disciplines are currently adapting to life away from their respective field of play.
“I have been trying to find ways to train in the space I have at my home. I have not been doing much with my racket. The emphasis has been on my physical work. My trainer and I decided that this will probably be the only time I can solely focus on getting fit overall. So, that has been the goal,” Sunayna told DT Next in an email conversation.
“It is obviously not the same (as being on court), but I am happy that I am able to keep myself in good shape. So when we get back to a sense of normalcy, it won’t feel like I am starting from scratch,” said Chennai-based Sunayna, adding she is grateful to be with her family during these unprecedented times.
Sunayna, a close relative of Dipika Pallikal and country’s top-ranked men’s player Saurav Ghosal, doesn’t need to look too far for inspiration and advice.
Asked if she has been interacting with the experienced duo on how to approach the months ahead, she responded, “I don’t think anyone is in a position to give us clarity in terms of what will happen in the future. So, we are taking it one day at a time.”
Although there is no imminent action, Sunayna, having her longest break since taking up the sport, is going about her business in systematic fashion. “We (squash players) are doing everything to stay fit. Most of the work is a part of our everyday life. We enjoy the grind and it also keeps us happy,” she said.
“At present, everyone is on the same boat. The most important thing is to stay safe and remain healthy. As of now, there is no real plan on what to do next. But, I am just going to soak in the feeling of being back on court again,” concluded Sunayna.