Tuesday, August 30, 2011

British Premier League 2011 starts on September 10th

The British League Premier Division Round One kicks off on 10th Sep 2011 at St Neots TTC, Riversmead.

With Paul Drinkhall, Darius Knight, and Gavin Rumgay in the thick of their preparation for the London Olympics, Drumchapel Glasgow are the firm favourites.

Drumchapel Glasgow have the very successful Ryan Jenkins and Chris Doran in their ranks. Gareth Herbert, Terry Young, Craig Howieson and Stephen Jenkins make it to the team. Craig Hardie, Richard Main and Scott Barton are the reserves.

Jakov Krivic of Croatia is the main hope for defending champs, Barrow along with Bradley Evans, Jonathan Crawford, Paul Cicchelli and Scott Crawford.

Fusion, last year’s third place finishers have Sule Olaleye joined by Omkar Torgalkar (who moved from Sycamore) at no. 2,  Lorestas Trumpauskas (the Mens Over 40s  Doubles Champion at the 2011 European Veterans Championships) and Kazeem Adisa Adekeke. England no. 25 Mark Smith and England no. 48 Tommy Cutler will lend support.

10 times Champions London Progress, have Po Huang “Barry” Chen Jason Sugrue. Igor Morais, Daniel Basterfield, Ashley Willetts make up their team.

Results of Ajmer District Table Tennis Championships

Ajmer district
The Ajmer District Table Tennis Championships started at the Indore stadium, Ajmer on the National Sports Day. On this day, the birth anniversary of the legendary Dhyan Chand is also celebrated. 
Dhanraj Choudhary
Players from Ajmer, Nasirabad, Beawer, and Kishangarh are participating in this tournament. Mr. Dhanraj Choudhary, Secretary General TTFI, inaugurated the prestigious tournament.

The Ajmer district team will be selected based on the performance in this tournament.


Semi finals

Cadet Boys

Sagar bt Kanishak
Kshitij bt Srajit

Sub Junior boys
HarshVardhan bt Vineet Bulaani
Kshitij bt Sagar Verma

Sub Junior girls

Quarter finals

Vanshika Kalsi beat Ranjana
Kashyapi beat Anushka
Vipasha beat Kritika
Shruti Joshi beat Radhika Sharma

Junior Boys

Quarter finals
Lokesh beat Gaurav Oswal
Bhavi Gehlot beat Bhavya
Vineet Bulaani beat Shaahed
Harshvardhan beat Dheeraj

Junior Girls


Ruchi Arora beat Nikita Madnawat
Vipasha beat Shruti Joshi
Surbhi Garg beat Palak
Vanshika Kalsi beat Mahima

Youth Boys


Lokesh beat Dheeraj
Ankit beat Bhavya
Harsh Vardhan beat Gaurav Soni
Quarter final between Sandeep and Md Shaheed will be played later

Youth Girls

Semi finals

Ruchi Arora beat Shubhangi
Surbhi Garg beat Palak

Mens Singles

Quarter finals
Abhinav beat Ajay Verma
Sanjay Mathur beat Arun
Sandeep beat Dinesh
Anil Bhatnagar beat Rajesh Rathore

Womens Singles

Semi finals (to be played)

Ruchi Arora vs Shruti
Anushka vs Surbhi Garg

Monday, August 29, 2011

2011 New York City Open on the JOOLA NA Tour

Table Tennis in New York's Bryant Park
The New York City Open Table Tennis tournament was cancelled due to the arrival of hurricane Irene.

Here is the official statement -"**Due to the upcoming arrival of Hurricane Irene, The NYC Open will be postponed to a future date.  We apologize and will provide more information as soon as we can!**"


East Zone final results

Anthony Amalraj and Poulami Ghatak won the Men's and Women's singles titles at the East Zone Nationals held at Bolpur.  
Amalraj seems to have hit a purple patch. He won back to back titles with a win at the East Zone National Ranking at Bolpur. In the finals, he easily beat back Subhajit Saha's challenge 4-0. He lost games only to Soumyadeep Roy in the semi finals.

Full results:

Men's singles: 
Amal Raj beat Subhajit Saha 4-0 (11-9, 11-3, 12-10, 11-5)

Women's singles:
Poulami Ghatak bt Ankita Das 4-1 (9-11, 11-8, 11-7, 11-8, 12-10)

Youth Boy's singles:
G Sathiyan bt Soumyajit Ghosh 4-2 (5-11, 11-6, 12-10, 10-12, 11-2, 11-7)

Youth Girls singles:
Ankita Das bt K K Narmadha 4-1 (5-11, 11-9, 11-3, 11-6,11-6)

Junior Boys singles:
Abhishek Yadav bt Sudhanshu Grover 4-3 (5-11, 8-11, 11-9, 9-11, 11-8, 11-6, 11-9)

Junior Girls singles:
Mallika Bhandarkar bt Manika Batra 4-0 (11-9, 11-8, 11-6, 11-8)

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Bookmark him, Yan An is going to be a star!

Yan An and Feng Yalan
Keep this name in your mind. This time, you can't blame that the name is a tongue-twister. Yan An, very simple.

We had already informed that this 18 year old kid is creating waves in the Chinese super league. There is more now.
In the Harmony Open China Pro Tour event, he first beat the World No. 1 Wang Hao and went on to beat Xu Xin (who had just recently beaten him in the Universiade games 4-0!)

Yan An is at this very moment playing Zhang Jike, the World Champ in the semi finals and is trailing 0-2.

Watch him play!

East Zone National Table Tennis Results updates

Tournament Results updates 
Sourav Chakraborty
It was a complete domination by the experienced over the new gen Table Tennis players.
East Zone semi-final line up:
Soumyadeep Roy vs Arputharaj Amalraj
Subhajit Saha vs Sourav Chakraborty
Quarter finals:
Amalraj bt Jubin Kumar, Soumyadeep Roy bt Harmeet Desai, Subhajit Saha bt Soumyajit Ghosh, Sourav Chakraborty bt G Sathiyan.
Sourav Chakraborty upset second seed Sanil Shetty in the Men's singles pre quarter finals of the East Zone National Table Tennis tournament.

Friday, August 26, 2011

LA Open Table Tennis, 2011

Los Angeles Open Table Tennis Tournament will be held on 3rd and 4th September 2011. Powered by Joola.

Total Prize Money: $45,000 ($12,000 to the Open Singles Winner)

Contact: Masaru Hashimoto 818-384-7408

Official Web site: www.laopen2011.com

Tournament Star Rating: USATT 4 Star

Venue: El Monte, CA

Ma Lin ousted by Liventsov

Photo is by courtesy of the ITTF

Ma Lin upset by Alexey Liventsov (4-3) 11-5,11-2,7-11,11-9,3-11,9-11,11-7 in the very first round of the main draw in the 2011 Harmony China Open ITTF Pro Tour event. Liventsov is ranked 120 in the world.

What must have really hurt is that he lost to a relatively unknown player in front of his home crowd.


Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Amalraj, Manika bag titles

Anthony Amalraj - the quickest Indian TT player
Two big upsets on the final day of the Inter Institutional Championships 2011.

Amalraj beat India's only truly International player, Sharath Kamal 4-3 (10-12,14-12,11-5,4-11,4-11,11-6,11-7). Manika Batra beat Poulomi Ghatak 4-3 (7-11,8-11,11-5,11-9,11-7,8-11,13-11).

Amalraj went on to bag a double crown by winning the Men's doubles with partner Jubin Kumar

Doubles results

Womens doubles final: 
Madhurika Palkar  and K.Shamini  bt  Poulomi Ghatak and Mouma Das  (PSPB) 11-9,11-4,11-3

Mens doubles final:
Anthony Amalraj and Jubin Kumar bt  T.Nitin and Sourav Saha 11-6,7-11,11-6,11-8

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Table Tennis News Bites

China swept all the titles at the Universiade TT at Shenzen.Xu Xin and Rao Jingwen won the Men's and Women's titles.
Aug 23 -Aug 27, 2011 Korean Junior & Cadet Open ITTF Premium Junior Circuit Cheongyang-Gun Korea
Aug 24 -Aug 28 2011 Harmony China Open and Pro Tour event ITTF Pro Tour Suzhou, China
Aug 24 -Aug 25  Funchal Junior Open - ITTF Junior Circuit, Funchal, Portugal ,

News Bites

September Fri 9 - Sun 11 Australian Closed Championships Brisbane Queensland Australia
August Sat 27 & Sun 28 Meistershaft Table Tennis Tournament Nuriootpa South Australia
Legendary Table Tennis player George Hendry of Clayton passed away Wednesday following a recent stroke. He was 90

Monday, August 22, 2011

New York Open Table Tennis Tournament

2011 NYC Table Tennis Open
Prize money $16,000
Jacob K Javits Convention Center
655 West 34th Street
New York
NY 10001

The tournament has the support of American Youth Table Tennis Organization (AYTTO). NATT is operating the four-star sanctioned tournament in Manhattan.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

News Bites

Eight men’s and women’s teams will compete in the Liebherr World Team Cup at Magdeburg from 3rd to 6th November 2011.
Liebherr World Cup TT Men:China,Germany,Korea,Japan,HK,Russia,Belarus,Hungary Women:S'Pore,China,Japan,Germany,Korea,HK,Hungary,Netherlands
India TT - The prestigious Inter Institutional Championships start today (17th Aug '11). Finals on 22nd. Editor tabletennisbug.com
Selim Hajj Nicolas, the President of the Lebanese Table Tennis Federation confirms that Asian TT 2011 has General Michel Sleiman's support

Table Tennis News Bites

India West Zone TT Champs to be held in Sep. at Maharashtra has been postponed. New dates awaited.
“Korea”, the movie coming to theaters early next year, is based on the true story of the South and North Korean women’s table tennis teams.
Celtics forward Kevin Garnett loves Table Tennis
Volkswagen Women's World Cup,Toa Payoh Sports Hall,S'Pore from Oct 28 to 30, 2011.Guo Yan,Ding Ning,Ai Fukuhara,Feng Tianwei, Wang Yuegu.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Petroleum Sports Board wins again

File photo of old PSPB team
Petroleum Sports Promotion Board won the 2011 edition of the All India Inter Institutional Table Tennis Championships at Bunpur, West Bengal in both the Men's and Women's categories.

In the Men's team event finals they beat Railway Sports Promotion Board 3-0 while their Women scored similarly in their final against Airport Authority of India.



PSPB beat RSPB 3-0
A Sharath Kamal bt G Vinod 11-8, 11-8, 11-2
A Amalraj bt Anirban Nandi 11-5, 11-9, 11-2
Soumyadeep Roy bt Sayan Paul Roy 11-9, 12-10, 11-6

PSPB beat AAI 3-0
Madhurika Patkar bt A V Niveditha 11-8, 11-7, 5-11, 11-5
Mouma Das bt Nikhat Banu 11-5, 11-9, 11-7
Poulomi Ghatak bt Medha Moitra 11-6, 11-6, 11-9

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Inter institutional Championships start today

Winners of the 2010 edition of the Inter Institutionals
India TT - The prestigious Inter Institutional Championships start today (17th Aug '11). Finals on 22nd.

This time around, the Youth players will also battle for honours.

Editor, tabletennisbug.com

Sunday, August 14, 2011

India's Best Pro Tour show at Santiago continues

The great news is pouring in from the Chile Pro Tour Table Tennis tournament at Santiago. India returns with a rich haul from the competition at the South American nation.
Sanil Shetty and Sourav Chakraborty
Sourav Chakraborty and Sanil Shetty won the bronze medal in the Men's doubles. Sourav and Sanil played clinically and blanked all their opponents until they ran into the pair who had upset the top seeds in the first round. Cillis Javier and Liu Song beat Sourav and Sanil 4-1 in the semi finals. They had a win over the No. 1 pair Benjamin Rogiers and Yannick Vostes of Belgium.

Sourav and Sanil fought valiantly before bowing down in a close encounter (closer than the score suggests, it had two deep deuce games).

Earlier, Soumyajit sensationally won the U 21 title, a very rare occurrence for an Indian in a Pro Tour. Soumyajit beat Harmeet Desai 4-1, even though he had lost the Men's singles pre quarter tussle with the same player. Hats off to Harmeet too for the great performance in the Men's singles, finals in the U 21 Boys, and a medal in the Men's doubles.

Manika gave a good account of herself by reaching the girls U 21 and upsetting a truly world class player in the bargain.

K Shamini and Madhurika Patkar finished runners up in the Women's doubles, capping an already impressive show by India at the tournament.

All the players will see a good rise in the world rankings that will be released in September.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Manika (Girls), Soumyajit, Harmeet in U 21 finals.

Manika Batra
In a sensational show of strength, the Indians, Manika Batra, Soumyajit Ghosh, and Harmeet Desai reached the finals in their respective U-21 events.

Manika beat the top seed Kazumi Ishikawa 4-2. Kazumi is the World's No. 4 in U 21 and No. 11 among Women!

Soumyajit and Harmeet, the top two seeds in the Boy's event, breezed through 4-0. The Boy's title is assured for India.

All Indian TT stars at Chile Pro Tour advance

Harmeet Desai and Soumyajit Ghosh
All the 10 Indian players (five men and five women) at the Santiago tourney made it to the pre-quarterfinals! This is definitely a record in Indian Table Tennis history.

Of course, there will be those who complain that the tourney does not feature big stars, but it does augur well for Indian Table Tennis, especially since there are quite a few youngsters in the draw.
In fact, there is some good news and some bad news on this front. Harmeet Desai and Soumyajit Ghosh meet in the round of 16, but one of them will reach the quarter finals of a Pro Tour event in their teenage years, which is a huge boost for their confidence.
None of the Indian women players meet each other.

Pre quarterfinalists:
Women: Mamta Prabhu, Manika Batra, Madhurika Patkar, K Shamini, and Ankita Das
Men: Sourav Chakraborty, Soumyadeep Roy, Harmeet Desai, Soumyajit Ghosh, and Sanil Shetty

Friday, August 12, 2011

Sharath withdraws, Soumyadeep spearheads team

An old photo of the Indian Women's team. Note that Mouma and Poulomi are not in this tournament. Kamlesh Mehta is accompanying the team as Coach in the absense of a foreign coach
In the absense of Sharath Kamal, who had to withdraw from the Chile Open due to an illness, Soumyadeep leads the team, which starts its main matches today. Sanil faces a tough customer in Mancini.

The Indian women and men face South American challenge in the first round with many of them facing players from Chile, Argentina, and Brazil. A few of them should be able to make it to the pre quarterfinals, where the competition gets tougher.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

One just back from injury another just injured. Losses for Star Players

Zhang Jike, the reigning World Champ and Wang Hao, the previous World Champ are facing the same challenges. The both lost their matches at the Chinese Super League tournament. Jike lost to Ma Lin and had to concede to Timo Boll allowing Zhejiang to win over Shandong. Earlier, young Fang Bo beat Timo Boll comprehensively, but it was not enough to stop Zhejiang.

In the other important encounter, Bazhou beat Bayi when Wang Hao lost both his matches since he was rusty after his recent return from an injury.

Bazhou and Zhejiang now have bright chances.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

USA TT Member Ranking Patterns

A very interesting study can be made out of the USATT Member rating charts.The chart plotted the ratings of the 7937 USATT members (2010).

The chart classifies players in four main categories:
  • Beginners (upto Rating ~970)
  • Intermediate (upto Rating ~1760)
  • Expert (upto Rating ~2280)
  • Elite (above 2280)
It is interesting to note that the highest number of ping pong players are bunched around the level of the Average Tournament Player (~1880). Players with a rating of upto 2055 are considered to be Experts and those above it, Masters.

The USA Women and Men team members are at a rating of 2680 and 2775 approximately, while the absolute elite in the world are much higher than that!
Chart owner, Brady Weiss. Original creator Mike McClure.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Maharashtra Table Tennis Fifth State Ranking and State Championship Details

Marine Lines - circa 1870s
Fifth State Ranking

University Pavilion
Marine Lines
Mumbai City    
19th to 23rd September 2011        

State Championships    

29th October to 3rd November 2011

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Friday, August 5, 2011

Results of Maharashtra State Ranking Table Tennis Tournament at Thane

Rutuja Khopkar and Coach Mahendra Chiplunkar

Sub Junior Boys

Siddhesh Pande(THN) [Seed - 1] Bt Siddhesh Kubal(THN) 11/5,11/7,11/8,11/6
Kalpak Bansod(NGP) [Seed - 2] Bt Anay Dave(MSD) [Seed - 6] 5/11,5/11,6/11,11/8,11/8,11/7,17/15


Kalpak Bansod(NGP) [Seed - 2] Bt Siddhesh Pande(THN) [Seed - 1] 6/11,12/10,13/11,7/11,4/11,11/8,11/8

Sub Junior Girls Singles


Simran Haria(MSD) [Seed - 11] Bt Ashlesha Trehan(MSD) [Seed - 2]  12/10,6/11,11/5,11/5,3/11,11/7
Srushti Haleangadi(MSD) [Seed - 5] Bt Shruti Amrute(THN) [Seed - 1] 13/11,5/11,9/11,13/11,11/9,9/11,11/9


Simran Haria(MSD) [Seed - 11] Bt Srushti Haleangadi(MSD) [Seed - 5] 9/11,11/6,7/11,11/5,11/5,7/11,11/6

Cadet Boys Singles


Shaurya Pednekar(MSD) [Seed - 1] Bt Sanat Bokil(PNA) [Seed - 5] 11/8,11/8,11/8

Ashwin S(MSD) [Seed - 6] Bt Kavish Nagpal(MSD) [Seed - 2] 11/9,11/5,11/4


Shaurya Pednekar(MSD) [Seed - 1] Bt Ashwin S(MSD) [Seed - 6]


Cadet Girls Singles


Snehal Patil(THN) [Seed - 3] Bt Kadambari Bhandarkar(NGP) [Seed - 7] 10/12,11/1,12/10,11/8

Srushti Haleangadi(MSD) [Seed - 4] Bt Payal Bohra(MSD) [Seed - 1] 11/7,11/7,11/7


Srushti Haleangadi(MSD) [Seed - 4] Bt Snehal Patil(THN) [Seed - 3]


Junior Girls Quarter finals

Jagruti Murbadkar(THN) [Seed - 4] Bt Shruti Amrute(THN) [Seed - 12] 11/7,12/10,11/7,11/7

Senhora Dsouza(MCD) [Seed - 1] Bt Noopur Walve(THN) [Seed - 9] 11/6,4/11,11/8,10/12,11/6,11/7

Urvi Walve(THN) Bt Devika Bhide(PNA) [Seed - 3] 4/11,11/7,3/11,11/8,15/13,5/11,11/6

Rutuja Khopkar(THN) [Seed - 2] Bt Sanika Muley(ABD) [Seed - 7] 11/7,11/9,9/11,11/13,11/6,2/11,11/5

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Timo Boll vs Ma Lin. Timo wins!

Watch the titans in action as Timo beats Ma Lin in the World Cup 2005.

Naina goes Global with her amazing exploits

India's most talented Table Tennis Player, Naina is in Hong Kong for an international tournament. Ealier, she was in China for advanced training. She will go back to China to continue her training stint. Naina is also now on the ITTF Hopes team, having received training from Schlager earlier.

The training school at which Naina is receiving training and technical education boasts of a highly regarded coach, Zhang, who has nutured several Olympic Gold medallists. Zhang has forty years of experience in Table Tennis training. We hope that Naina picks up the tricks to bag medals at Olympics in the future!

By the way, here are the ITTF Hopes teams:

Boys: Wong Ho Hin (Hong Kong), Youssef Abdel-Aziz (Egypt), Filip Radovic (Montenegro), Kunal Chodri (United States), Kanak Jha (United States)

Girls: Vaness Leung Tsz Ching (Hong Kong), Ng Yuen Wai (Hong Kong), Monapsorn Saritapirak (Thailand), Adriana Diaz (Puerto Rico), Angela Zhan (Australia), and Naina (India)