In the spotlight is Auburn High's Suma Ejantkar, a senior on the Tigers' girls tennis team.
Auburn Villager: When did you get your start playing tennis?
Suma Ejantkar: I started around 4 years old.
AV: What got you into tennis?
SE: My parents really got me into it. I don't really remember actually wanting to play. I think my parents just took me to class at the Samford tennis court with coach David Hume, and it just began from there.
AV: What do you like most about playing tennis?
SE: I love how I feel like I'm always in control on the court. Right now, it's really like a lot of stress relief for me. I like get it a lot through tennis, so that feels nice.
AV: What's the most challenging aspect of playing?
SE: Definitely the competition. And sometimes also keeping myself under control because sometimes I get to excited or I'll get frustrated at myself. But having that balance is sometimes difficult.
AV: What's your strongest stroke. Forehand or backhand?
SE: I would say my forehand it my strongest. However, my backhand is my most consistent.
AV: Did you have any role models or players you looked up to?
SE: I definitely look up to Roger Federer. He's my all-time favorite.
AV: What do you like about him?
SE: About how he keeps his cool. All the other players — they get really aggressive and sometimes they get too angry at themselves. But Roger is always really calm and he really plays nicely on the court.
AV: Do you have one match that really sticks out in your mind?
SE: There have been several. I remember there was one where I had a match, and we went for a really long time because she would win a game and then I would win a game, and it kept going on. And I remember all my teammates came and they cheered on me during my tiebreak, and so that really lifted me up and I ended up winning that match. So it was really exciting for me.
AV: How is the season going so far?
SE: So far, our matches have been rained out. But we just had one at Marriott. We won second place at our tournament. But we're a pretty strong team this year.
AV: What are the team's goals this season?
SE: To get as many wins as possible, I guess. That and to obviously do well at state.
AV: Do you know what you want to do yet after you graduate?
SE: Well, I'll be going to college; no idea where yet. But hopefully I'll decide soon.
AV: Do you know what you want to study?
SE: I'll be going into biomedical sciences or biology.
AV: What attracts you to those fields?
SE: I have dreams of becoming a doctor when I grow up, so of course biology is a good start for that. But biology super, super interesting because there's so many topics and and it's new current research that always comes in, so it's really interesting to look for that.
AV: Do you play any other sports?
SE: No. I only play tennis. I did do swimming, but that didn't really last long.