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Thinking about the Text
Working in small groups of 4–5 students, go back over the two passages on
Santosh Yadav and Maria Sharapova and complete the table given below with
relevant phrases or sentences.

Points of
Comparison/Contrast

        Santosh Yadav

         Maria Sharapova

 

1. Their humble beginning


2. Their parents’ approach


3. Their will power and strong
    desire to succeed


4. Evidence of their mental
    toughness
5. Their patriotism

 

 



Answer

Points of
Comparison/Contrast

        Santosh Yadav

         Maria Sharapova

 

1. Their humble beginning

 

“She was born in the small village of Joniyawas of Rewari District in Haryana.”

 

“the Siberian born teenager”


2. Their parents’ approach

 

“her parents refused to

pay for her education”

 

 

“My father was working

as much as he could to keep my tennis-training going.”

 


3. Their will power and strong
    desire to succeed

 

“She left home and got herself enrolled in a school in Delhi.”

 

- “She saved money and enrolled in a course at Uttarkashi’s Nehru Institute of Mountaineering.”

 

 

“Instead of letting that depress me, I became more quietly determined and mentally tough.”

 

“the most important thing is to become number one in the world. That’s the dream that kept me going.”


4. Evidence of their mental
    toughness

 

“From the very beginning I was quite determined that if I chose a correct and a rational path, the others around me had to change, not me.”

 

“I never thought
of quitting because I knew what I wanted. When
you come from nothing and you have nothing, then
it makes you very hungry and determined ... I would
have put up with much more humiliation and insults
than that to steadfastly pursue my dream.”

 

5. Their patriotism

 

“Then I unfurled the Indian tricolour and held it aloft on the roof of the world. The feeling is indescribable. The Indian flag was flying on top of the world. It was truly a spiritual moment. I felt proud as an Indian.”

 

“I’m Russian. It’s true that the U.S. is a big
part of my life. But I have Russian citizenship. My
blood is totally Russian. I will play the Olympics
for Russia if they want me.”