There were many other videos posted next to Ambika's. I didn't realize this is the way you approch schools for tennis scholarships. Pretty good. I'm glad that Mr. Pande knows about it.
To compare Ambika's game against her competition for a spot in the US colleges, I clicked on this one (random choice). Look at it. If you were a recruiter, what do you see? If you are Ambika, what should you see?http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LuO0Jo_nkdQ
Frankly, the facilites Ambika was playing at (assuming it is in India), were quite good. I'm not sure the complaint about a lack of infrastructure is a huge impediment today. In some ways, as long as you have access to courts, tennis is relatively a cheap game, even in India. Physical fitness is completely in your control. Why should our girls be so fragile? I can't see a reason. There is enough free information available on the internet. There are diet consultants in India. It is quite simple -- eat a proper diet and follow a physical fitness routine. On this one, I cannot cut any slack to Indian kids. It is hard work but it can be done. Yes, coaching can be expensive although I question a need for very expensive coaches at this stage when your goal is to enter a US college where you will get proper coaching. But it is likely no more expensive than the IIT-JEE coaching/tutoring that is fashionable (or a must per my family sources). The key is that you must mean business -- give it 100% -- you cannot be in two minds at this stage. Of course, it is easier said than done in India, where education is your (only) key to success. But, then again, it is probably no different in eastern European nations, which are the treadmill of tennis talent coming on world stage.