Shikha Uberoi | A Star Performer

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Her Life: An Amalgam of Brawn and Brain

  • Year 1983 – Born in Mumbai.
  • Year 2004 – Reached second round of US Open.
  • Year 2006 – Got Asian Games Silver Medal.
  • Year 2007 – Received the Zee Astitva Athlete of the Year Award.
  • Year 2015 – Got the Indian Icon Award.

“Knowing why you are doing something and owning that why is the foundation for a successful life.”

Shikha Oberoi is a former Indian Tennis player and an entrepreneur. She is the second Indian women to crack top 200 WTA (Women’s Tennis Association) rankings. After retiring from tennis, she took the path of entrepreneurship and is currently serving as the Vice President of Business Development and Partnerships at Indi.com, a company she cofounded.

Childhood

Shikha Uberoi was born on April 5, 1983 in Mumbai to Mahesh Uberoi, a table-tennis player and Madhu Uberoi. Her family moved to Princeton in New Jersey when she was a kid. She has one older sister, Diya and three younger sisters, Neha, Nikita and Nimita. Her cousins are actors Vivek Oberoi and Akshay Oberai. Her four sisters are also tennis players, but of all, Shikha is the most successful and she is the only one to represent India while the other sisters represented the United States.

Personal Life

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She got her Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology and South Asian Studies from Princeton University. She got graduated with a very high academic performance while winning Princeton University’s prestigious Kit Harris Memorial Award for her Leadership and Ethics. She got retired from tennis in 2011 and has not married yet.

Career Journey

She turned pro in August 2003. She is a right handed and double handed backhand tennis player. Though she did not win any WTA Tour events, she has got three ITF (International Tennis Federation) Women’s Circuit singles titles to her name. She got the first one in Harrisonburg in 2003, the second in Fort Worth and third in Edmond in 2004. At the 2004 US Open Tennis, Shikha became the second ever Indian female player in the modern period to feature and win a round in the main draw Grand Slam Tournament by defeating Japan’s Saori Obata. The first set such a record was Nirupama Vaidyanathan at the 1998 Australian Open Tennis and Shikha was the second one to follow it. She is the second Indian female player in the whole history to crack the top 200 World Tennis Association rankings.

In 2005, Shikha reached two Women’s Tennis Association doubles finals by partnering with her sister Neha Uberoi, one in Kolkata and the other one in Guangzhou. In 2006, she represented India at the 2006 Asian Games and defeated Linda Ahmad of Bahrain in the first round, but got retired in the second round to Zheng Jie of China. In the year 2007, Shikha was the finalist in Auckland by partnering with Su-Wei Hsieh. She was also appointed as the India Fed Cup Team leader. She got the 87th rank as of 2007 February in Doubles and got the 122nd rank as of 29th August 2005 in singles.

Shikha started her media and lifestyle company SDU Seva, Inc. As of 2013, she is creating and producing many international social issue television shows and working as a social entrepreneur. She speaks internationally at many diplomatic conferences on female empowerment through sports and serves as an inspiration to millions. She has, in recent times, been invited to sit on the board of directors of the World Economic Forum Global Shapers Initiative for Bhopal. She is also working as a news and sports presenter and as a tennis and fitness coach.

Awards and Recognition

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She was awarded the Zee Astitva Athlete in the year 2007. She was among the top 10 fastest servers of Tennis in the world. She was the first Indian woman to qualify for and reach the second round of US Open Tennis in the year 2004. She also got the Asian Games Silver Medal in Doha in 2006 and the Indian Icon in 2015.

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