Wednesday, August 16, 2017

India in top 16 World Table Tennis teams

World no. 15! As a country, the Indian men's team is now inching towards the cream of World Table Tennis. After many many years, we are now in the top 16 countries! The Women's team is ranked no. 23.
The significance of a high ranking is that it can ensure automatic qualification in future World Team Championships if the players keep climbing.

India has had great performances right from the early decades of the last century. As a team, one of the noteworthy, world class performances was at the 1985 World Championships at Gothenburg, where India finished 12th.


(Photos courtesy of the ITTF and from Firstpost)

Top India Women Table Tennis players by World Ranking

The following are the top ranked Indian Women Table Tennis players by World Ranking:

Manika Batra is just out of the top 100. Mouma Das, Ayhika Mukherjee, and Madhurika Patkar follow next. Interestingly, Junior player Archana Kamath, is fifth in this list.

Top India Table Tennis players by World Ranking

The following are the top ranked Indian Men Table Tennis players by World Ranking:

India's pride, Achanta Sharath Kamal is 1st, followed by Harmeet Desai, Soumyajit Ghosh, and Sathiyan Gnanasekaran. Incidentally, this is the first time in recent decades that four Indian players feature in the top 100.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Pooja, Sathiyan win Inter Institutional Table Tennis Championships 2017

Pooja Sahasrabudhe Koparkar beat Madhurikaa Paatkar Torgalkar 4-0 in the Women's singles finals at the All India Inter Institutional Table Tennis Championships. 

In the Men's final match, in form Sathiyan Gnanasekaran beat Harmeet Desai in straight games.

Pictures courtesy of the ITTF.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Achanta Sharath Kamal plays Harimoto the Japanese prodigy in an attempt to reach the finals

In just a while, Achanta Sharath Kamal takes on 13 year old Japanese prodigy, Harimoto in the Men's singles semi final of the Seamaster ITTF World Tour India Open at New Delhi.

Sharath beat Paul Drinkhall in a thrilling Quarterfinal match 4-3 after deuce, while Harimoto beat an injured but experienced Robert Gardos


Thursday, October 6, 2016

Asia-Pacific Table Tennis league next season

Lucrative league  (approx 10 crore) announced in Asia-Pacific- The Asia-Pacific region will soon be home to the most lucrative professional table tennis league in the world, when the new T2 Asia-Pacific (T2 Apac) kicks off its inaugural season next year.

While the roster of players has yet to be finalised, the line-up of 24 is expected to feature some of the world’s best (12 men, 12 women) competing in men’s, women’s and mixed-team events.

Its prize purse of US$1.5 million (S$2.06 million) far surpasses any of the events on the International Table Tennis Federation’s (ITTF) professional circuit, with the World Tour Grand Finals the richest event at US$500,000.