For B. Pratyusha, life has continued to pose challenges ever since she became the third woman Grandmaster from Andhra Pradesh and Telangana in January last year.

Only last week, the former Asian under-18 gold medallist was relieved to see her mother Satyadevi come back home from the hospital after a grim battle with COVID-19 which had also dwindled her financial resources.

Online coaching

“Well, now I have started online coaching to about 20 players and taking classes at some academies abroad. Though it was difficult initially, I got used to coaching now and also feeling that my game is improving because of the in-depth study I had to make to teach these boys and girls,” she explained.

The 23-year-old Pratyusha, now dependent only on the scholarship of Airports Authority of India, is struggling on the financial front as the pandemic put the brakes on her aspirations since last year…

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