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Nagging injuries haven’t stopped Sofya Golubovskaya from winning

first_img Published on March 27, 2019 at 12:22 am Contact Andrew: arcrane@syr.edu | @CraneAndrew Sofya Golubovskaya bounced the ball nine times with her left hand and twisted her racket in her right. Her right thigh was wrapped thickly with tape that stretched to her knee cap. A protective sleeve covered her arm, too.They were the signs of Golubovskaya’s nagging injuries in Syracuse’s 4-3 win on Sunday over then-No. 15 Florida State. Heading into the final set of her singles match, she had to tend to another ailment. Resident athletic trainer Carli White rubbed something “icey” on her shoulder. Her body ached. But out of the timeout, Golubovskaya fired a serve that resulted in a forehand into the net by Florida State’s Ana Oparenovic. Then, the sophomore rattled off two points. Then three. After the FSU senior mishit a return at 40-0, Golubovskaya was rushed by her teammates. She had clinched Syracuse’s comeback win.Since the fall, back pain turned into “tennis elbow” from overuse of her right arm, followed by thigh and shoulder aggravations, Golubovskaya said. This season, her injuries held her out of a Feb. 15 home match against Colorado. SU head coach Younes Limam didn’t know how long the injuries would affect his second doubles slot for. When Golubovskaya returned, she kept winning. Heading into Friday’s match against No. 2 North Carolina (20-1, 8-0 Atlantic Coast), Golubovskaya is 9-5 in singles for No. 28 Syracuse (11-6, 4-4). For now, her play has steadied.“It’s go-time,” associate head coach Shelley George said of Golubovskaya. “You’re not thinking about (injuries) like that, you’re going after your job.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIn the week leading up to January’s ITA National Team Indoor Championship, Golubovskaya’s teammate and doubles partner Sonya Treshcheva suffered an ankle injury and missed a month. Golubovskaya kept on playing. Sometimes, it was only in doubles, even if she dropped down a slot. She went 1-3 when paired with seniors Masha Tritou and Libi Mesh, suddenly forced to create new chemistry. Her elbow pain started two weeks into the spring season, Golubovskaya said, after the ITA Kick-Off Weekend. Nearly every day since, she’s worked with White in the training room. Heat, stretch, exercise and cold pack — her daily routine. During matches, a black arm sleeve covers her right arm. “It’s fine, it’s getting better and better every day,” she said last week.The thigh, which was wrapped Sunday, started hurting in practice the week prior. The year prior, Golubovskaya’s rallies usually ended in volleys close to the net. It’s what helped her rise to second singles as a freshman. Her injuries limited the power behind her shots. With Syracuse in its toughest stretch of the season, Golubovskaya won’t have another match like Colorado to rest and recover. On Friday, SU hosts No. 2 North Carolina, which has three singles players and two doubles pairings in the top 10. Golubovskaya will likely face the No. 5 player in the country, Makenna Jones, or No. 9 Sara Daavettila.“It’s hard, but you just have to work on it,” Golubovskaya said. In doubles against FSU, her head dropped as an overhand smash sailed long. A couple of games later, she did it again. This time, the ball didn’t even touch the ground, it hit the Drumlins Country Club curtain still in the air. She started the match moving slowly, tired and frustrated at times.Eventually, Golubovskaya flashed her potential. To clinch the second set in singles, Golubovskaya sprinted from corner-to-corner, chasing rallies from Oparenovic. She fired a forehand winner. “Great work, Sofya. Great work,” strength and conditioning coach Will Hicks shouted.Golubovskaya flopped onto the bench and waved her empty water bottle. Minutes later, up 6-5, it was more than just Hicks chanting. The chair umpire raised his hand for silence. The point played, and Limam waved his hands for the chant to continue. Despite the thigh, the shoulder, the bicep, the back, Golubovskaya’s continued winning in the bulk of her matches, like her clincher Sunday. She’s adapted, settling in for SU as she heals.“We’re an athlete,” Golubovskaya said. “We don’t really have times to recover.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Meet the Indian Origin Athletes Abroad

first_imgWhile Indians around the world have made a mark in many fields, sports is an arena where we are said to lag behind other countries. Except perhaps when it comes to cricket, or hockey. However, that seems to be changing now, as more and more Indian origin sportspersons are making a name for themselves in their country of residence.Here is a look at some sportspersons who are a force to reckon with in their nations, and well on their way to global popularity: Diviya GK, captain of women’s national cricket team, Singapore Diviya GK has been representing Singapore at an international level since 2006 and is so far is the only woman to play in the men’s league in Singapore.“My cousins were on the national cricket team for Singapore, and I used to play cricket with them at the void decks when I was about 13 years old. They would tease me by saying that I cannot play cricket because I am a girl,” Diviya, 30, told Connected to India.Diviya has so far played in Australia, South Africa and the Netherlands and is also involved in coaching at the Rex Martens Cricket Academy in SIngapore and the Quick Club in the Netherlands.Sim Bhullar, basketball player, CanadaSim Bhullar is recorded as the first player of Indian descent who was signed up for an NBA team after he joined the Sacramento Kings for the 2014 NBA Summer League. His parents migrated to Canada from Punjab.Bhullar, 24, was born in Toronto and grew up in Brampton. He is also a two-time WAC tournament MVP, winning the award in 2013 and 2014, where he also helped New Mexico State reach the NCAA Tournament.Nyan Mesuria , football player, UKThe 14-year-old football sensation, who has been recently making waves online through a video that features him, is being labelled ‘football’s first Indian superstar’. Mesuria has been offered a 12-month placement at the Chelsea Foundation Football Development Centre.Mesuria was born in London to Indian parents, and currently plays for the under-15 team of Ipswich Town’s Academy. He will be eligible to represent India in international football in the future but has time on his hands before he decides whether he wants to switch commitment from England to India in the future. Paviter Singh, ultra-runner, SingaporePaviter Singh, who started running marathons in 2004, is now aiming to run at the Ultra Trail Mont Blanc (UTMB) in Italy in September. UTMB consists of an exhausting 170 km trail race, which passes through France, Italy and Switzerland along the Mt Blanc Trail.The Singapore resident has earlier participated in marathon trails such as the 119-km Lavaredo Ultra Trail and several 100-km runs. Nauraj Singh Randhawa, high jumper, MalaysiaThe Malaysian high jumper, winner of two gold medals at the South Asian Games, in 2013 and 2015, broke his own record broke of 2.29m with a new height of 2.30m at the Singapore Open Athletics Championships in in April this year. Randhawa, who is in his mid-twenties, took up high jumping as a nine-year-old boy. He was also seen warming up for an appearance in August at the World Athletics Championships in London by winning his first European title in Barcelona on June 29.Kalisa Kaur, netball player, SingaporeThe 13-year-old netball player, known as a ‘netball prodigy’, was a part of her school team at St Hilda’s Primary School that won the gold at the National Championship last year. Kalisa knows she has got what it takes to reach the top ranks. “She’s so fanatical that she eats, sleeps and breathes netball in order to realize her ultimate goal of representing Singapore one day,” her mum Kawal Kaur says, according to  the Independent.Interest in sports runs in Kalisa’s family. Her grandfather Amarjeet Singh, a retired deputy superintendent of police, was an all-round sportsman who represented the Singapore Police in hockey and football. Her mother was a prolific netballer and brother Mark Ravinpal plays cricket for the Singapore Cricket Club (SCC). Related ItemsAbroadAthletesIndiaIndian-originLittle IndiaSportslast_img read more