Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Indian National Table Tennis circuit

The biggest stretch of the Indian Table Tennis season kicks off with the East Zone National Ranking Table Tennis tournament to be held at Bolpur, West Bengal. The first Zonal tournament was at Bangalore but we had a lull on the domestic circuit with all the focus on the Commonwealth Games.

All nationally ranked players are gearing up for the coming events and are sharpening their skills since they have only one week left for the first event.

Here's what we have in store in the near future:
(Please contact your State association for further details)

National Ranking Table Tennis Championships, 2010 (East Zone)
[ October 27th, 2010 - October 31st, 2010 ]
Bolpur, West Bengal

National Ranking Table Tennis Championships, 2010 (West Zone)
[ November 24th, 2010 - November 28th, 2010 ]
Nagpur, Maharashtra

National Ranking Table Tennis Championships, 2010 (Central Zone)
[ December 06th, 2010 - December 10th, 2010 ]

National Ranking Table Tennis Championships, 2010 (North Zone)
[ December 01st, 2010 - December 05th, 2010 ]

Senior National and Inter-State Table Tennis Championships, 2010
[ January 17th, 2011 - January 13th, 2011 ]
Kolkata, West Bengal

Cadet & Sub-Junior National Table Tennis Championships
[ January 03rd, 2011 - January 08th, 2011 ]
Indore, Madhya Pradesh

Junior Youth National Table Tennis Championships
[ February 01st, 2011 - February 07th, 2011 ]

Monday, October 11, 2010

Table Tennis Player Profile: Zubin Kumar

Jubin executes his elegant Forehand Topspin

At first glance, you'll never guess that Jubin is a star player. You'll be forgiven for making that grave mistake because of the sheer humility Jubin personifies. 

The moment you see him on the table, he is a different being altogether. Playing with amazing timing and elegance, Jubin steamrolls opponents into the ground. Add to that the fact that he is a left-hander and you can't but admire his game.

Jubin was always in the shadows of his more famous peers until he won the Youth crown. A win over Sharath sent him to another league and his confidence soared. The exposure to international play owing to his consistent domestic performance, meant that Jubin leapt over others that had outshone him earlier.
Jubin's only bitter moment came when he was dropped out of the ongoing Commonwealth games. Many truly felt that he easily deserved to be in the team because he was consistently top ranked the year before. The selectors probably played it safe and went for experience. 
We are pretty sure that Jubin will bounce back with a vengence and move up and higher even faster. He is currently playing in the Spanish league, an experience that will only help him to conquer all that he wants.
Name: Jubin kumar

Date of Birth
: 12/02/1987

Club: Tramuntana (Spain)

Coaches/Trainers: Many coaches helped me to improve.

Ambition: To play good and To win medal for country in major tournaments

TT Idol: Jean-philippe Gatien

Major Achievements
  • Youth National Champion, 
  • Inter-Institution Champion in 2009
  • Gold medal in SAF games
  • Finished 2009-10 season ranked No. 1 in India

Friday, October 8, 2010

TT Player profile: Maitreyee Bailoor

by Vikramadithya Shivaram

 Maitreyee in a photo shoot for the press
Name: Maitreyee Bailoor

Date of Birth: 2 April 1996

TT Club: Belgaum Table Tennis Academy(BTTA)

Coach: Sangam Bailoor (her father)

Idol: Sangam Bailoor

Ambition: To represent India and win Olympic Medal

  • 2007 - won a bronze medal at the Cadet Nationals held in Chennai
  • Was ranked 10th in the year 2009-2010
  • Currently ranked No 1 in Karnataka in women, youth girls and junior girls
Best Win: Over Jagruthi Virmani (Delhi)

Best tournament: Chennai Nationals 2007

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Player profile: Uday Athreya

 Uday in a multiball session at his University in Singapore

The humble and somewhat shy Uday is reluctant to be compared to Bona Thomas John (one of Karnataka's great TT players). Bona blossomed relatively late. Who knows what Uday could have achieved if he had a chance to continue playing seriously.

The good news is that he has started training in his University. Although Uday is very clear that he is playing only for fitness, we secretly hope that he goes on to achieve something that he dreamt of earlier in his career.

Date of Birth: 03-12-1986

Club: Winners Choice Sports Foundation

Coaches/Trainers: Vasanth Bharadwaj

TT Idol: Jan Ove Waldner

Ambition: Was to represent India internationally (but he hints that it is on the back burner for now)

Currently pursuing MS in Computer Science at NUS Singapore

  • Silver medal at the All India inter university Table Tennis championships
  • Was ranked No.1 in Karnataka's Junior, Youth and Men's category
  • WON THE Karnataka Rajyotsava award and the prestigious Karnataka Olympic Association award for achievements in the field of Table Tennis.
Best Win: Winning U-19 National School Championships

Best Tournament Result: Winner of All India Inter-banks

Monday, October 4, 2010

Player profile: C P Karthik by Vikramadithya Shivaram

Karthik: A Winner all the way!

Blessed with natural athleticism, Karthik is a treat to watch when on song. One who possesses sound basics and never hesitating to attack naturally.

This year he has been blasting his opposition in the state winning double crowns with great authority. The only concern is that he is in the midst of serious graduation studies, otherwise there is no doubt that he would have done something fantastic even at the national level.

Here's wishing that he'll do it after his studies!


Date of Birth: 21-01-1990

Club: BNMTT (Bhageerathi Bai Narayan Rao Maanay Table Tennis Academy)

Coaches/Trainers: Krunal Telang

TT Idol: None

Ambition: To represent India in International Tournaments


  • Inter school U-19 National Champion
  • Silver and Bronze Medallist U-17
  • Ranked in top 10 in India in age group in 2003
  • Bronze medal in Team event at the Junior National Championship, 2002
  • Ranked in Top 10 in India in age group in 2002
  • Currently ranked no.1 in Karnataka in the Youth and Men's category

Prize ceremony at the Deccan Gymkhana Prize Money Tournament

The finals was followed by prize distribution ceremony of the Table Tennis tournament.

The guests for the function were Mr. Sohoni from the Godrej Group, Mr Prakash Tulpule (Secretary MSTTA), Ashish Sandu (General Secretary, Deccan Gymkhana).
Mr. Prakash Tulpule

The tournament was sponsored by Godrej Properties Limited and the total prize money for the tournament was Rs. 40000.

Results of the Final day at Deccan Gymkhana Prize Money Tournament

 Martand (right) in a file photo
Sub-Junior Boys {Under 14 Years} Final
1) Neel Joshi{1} bt Rohan Kulkarni{4} 11-5, 11-9, 11-7
Junior Boys {Under 17 Years} Final  
1) Neel Joshi{4} bt Chinmay Datar{1} {Upset} 9-11, 14-12, 11-8, 11-4, 8-11, 11-9
Youth Boys {Under 20 Years} Final  
1) Martand Biniwale{1} bt Shubhankar Ranade{4} 11-6, 11-13, 11-5, 11-5, 12-14, 11-6
Veterans {40 Years +} Final
1) Rohinton Todiwala{2} bt M.A.Baig 11-5, 11-5, 11-7 
Men's Doubles Final
1) Aniket Koparkar / Rohit Chaudhary {1} bt Martand Biniwale / Upendra Mulaye {2}  11-4, 11-6, 11-6
Men's Singles Final
1) Aniket Koparkar {1} bt Martand Biniwale {2}  11-6, 11-13, 12-10, 5-11, 11-7, 11-9

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Results of the Poona District Prize Money Table Tennis Tournament

Sub-Junior Girls {Under 14 Years} 
Round Semi-Final 
1) Manasi Chajed{1} bt Vaibhavi Kher{4} 11-5, 11-2, 11-5
2) Priyanka Tamhankar{3} bt Arohi Chajed{2} 11-4, 8-11, 11-7, 11-3
Sub-Junior Girls {Under 14 Years} Round Final
1) Manasi Chajed{1} bt Priyanka Tamhankar{3} 11-6, 11-7, 11-8
Junior Girls {Under 17 Years} Round Semi-Final
1) Shrungeri Pawale bt Arohi Chajed 11-9, 11-7, 8-11, 9-11, 11-9
2) Mansi Chajed bt Ujwala Gaikwad 11-4, 11-7, 11-13, 11-9
Junior Girls {Under 17 Years} Round Final  
1) Mansi Chajed bt Shrungeri Pawale 11-6, 11-9, 11-8
Junior Boys {Under 17 Years} Round Quarter-Final  
1) Chinmay Datar{1} bt Anand Kale 11-7, 11-6, 11-9, 11-9
2) Aniket Gulawani{4} bt Siddharth Lohpatre 11-5, 11-3, 14-12, 10-12, 9-11, 8-11, 11-5
3) Neel Joshi{3} bt Rohan Kulkarni 9-11, 13-11, 11-7, 11-13, 11-8, 13-11
4) Shubhankar Ranade{2} bt Varun Shastri 10-12, 11-7, 11-8, 11-7, 11-4
Youth Girls {Under 20 Years} Round Semi-Final  
1) Sayali Deshpande{1} bt Mansi Chajed{4} 11-6, 11-5, 11-3
2) Arohi Chajed bt Ujwala Gaikwad 6-11, 14-12, 11-7, 9-11, 11-6
Youth Girls {Under 20 Years} Round Final  
1) Sayali Deshpande{1} bt Arohi Chajed 11-4, 11-4, 11-8

Friday, October 1, 2010

Table Tennis player profile: Soumyajit Ghosh

Update: Soumyajit Ghosh wins Indian National Championhips!
Earlier: Soumyajit and Ankita qualify for London Olympics.

Soumyajit Ghosh became the Indian National Champion on January 12, 2013. He beat Sharath Kamal in the finals. In the semi-finals, he had beaten defending champion A Amalraj.

Soumyajit showed his talent very early in career. The strength in his game is his poise and anticipation. He is at the ball quickly, which makes it possible to catch the ball earlier and place it better and also hit harder than normal. His game is still improving. Soumya now does not hesitate to counter topspins against a topspin.

No less an authority than Sharath Kamal predicted great things for him.

He has already started performing in the Men's event. Currently training in Sweden and getting exposure to quality opposition, we hope that he goes far in the World of Table Tennis.

Name: Soumyajit Ghosh

Date of Birth: 10.05.1993

Club: Deshbandhu sporting club and young men association

Coaches/Trainers: Subrata Roy and Mantu Ghosh

Ambition: To win the Arjuna Award

  • India National Champion
  • 2012 London Olympics qualifier
  • Youth national champion. 
  • Commonwealth youth games winner in doubles
  • Runner up in singles