Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Player Profile: Achanta Sharath Kamal

 Sharath about to unleash his deadly topspin

Sharath Kamal definitely stands tall and belongs to the all-time greats of Indian Table Tennis players. 
His seemingly laid back attacks combined with his tremendous reach and power are a force to reckon with. Even the very top players of the world now respect Sharath. He is at an all time high at the moment and we hope he continues to maintain his standard of play and reach higher.

Name: Sharath Kamal

Date of Birth: July 12, 1982

Club: San Sebastian de los Reyes

Coaches/Trainers: A Muralidhara Rao, A Srinivas Rao

Ambition: Best is yet to come

Winner, US Open 2010
Winner, Egypt Open 2010
Winner Commonwealth Games 2006, Melbourne
Highest World Ranking No. 39
Gold Medal at Commonwealth Championships at Glasgow
Pro Tour winner at Delhi
Represented India at Olympics
Arjuna Awardee
Multiple National Championship Winner

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Table Tennis Player Profile - Aman Balgu

Aman with the Inter-University trophy 2007-08

Aman is probably one of the fittest players on the Table Tennis circuit. His full-blooded strokes aided by his fleet feet makes him stand apart from the crowd immediately.

Aman blossomed gradually and achieved success in 2009 at the senior level.

Name: Aman Balgu

Date of Birth: July 19, 1989

Club: Andheri YMCA, Matunga Gymkhana
Coaches/Trainers: Deepak Mani, Kamlesh Mehta

Ambition: To win a medal for India at the Olympic Games

Gold Medal at SAF Games - Team Event in 2009

Represented India at the Asian Championships

Silver Medal at Senior Nationals in Team Events 2009

Gold Medal - All India Inter-University 2009

State Champion - Youth and Men's Singles at Sangli 2009

Hobbies: Playing many sports, Catching up with friends, and Music.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

August TT ratings for Maharashtra

The August ratings for the top players of Maharashtra are out. The big move is by Aniket from 2360 to 2395 owing to his performances at the State tournaments this season. Sanil too has cemented his position at the top by stellar performances at the National level and the Indian open. Balgu has disappointed so far but we expect a lot from this youth.

The big mover in the list is Martand Biniwale, who has played beyond his expected rating and has jumped right behind Rohit Chaudhari. If he continues to produce results that he has displayed this season, he could easily challenge the top 6. This youth is the one to watch for sure!

 Most of the others retain their ratings since they have played to expected strength.