Laxmi Poruri

Laxmi Poruri-Madan (born November 9, 1972) is a retired American professional tennis player and the first Indian-American female to play professional tennis on the WTA Tour in the modern era.[citation needed]

Poruri was born in Guntur, India and raised in Central California where, from a very young age, she was known as a tennis prodigy. In 1986, she won the Orange Bowl, beating Monica Seles in the final.[1] At age 15, she played her first US Open where she lost to Katerina Maleeva in the 2nd round. She attended Stanford University from 1990-1994 on a full athletic scholarship, where she was a four-time All-American athlete, the 1994 Player of the Year,[2] and the top-ranked women's collegiate tennis player in the country.[3]

After graduating from Stanford, Poruri played professional tennis for several years. Upon retiring from professional tennis, Poruri taught English for a year in Boston, MA. Poruri then attended McGill University in Canada, where she received her MBA. Poruri worked on Wall Street for two years before returning to California in 2004.[citation needed]

As of 2015, she resides in Austin, TX with her husband, Ajay Madan, a corporate and securities lawyer, and daughter.


  1. ^ "Salazar, Poruri Win Tennis Titles", Miami Herald, December 24, 1986. Retrieved May 19, 2010.
  2. ^ "Women's Tennis" Archived 2012-01-10 at the Wayback Machine, Stanford Official Athletic Site. Retrieved May 19, 2010.
  3. ^ "Indian Americans: A New Generation Comes of Age", Stanford News Service. Retrieved May 7, 2012.

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