Thursday, April 30, 2015

ITTF makes it to 222, Table Tennis leading sport in the World



Table Tennis is now the sport with the highest country memberships in the world. It replaces FIVB with 222 countries now in its fold.

ITTF president Thomas Weikart made the announcement recently. 

Sao Tome and Principe and South Sudan were the most recent ITTF joinees. Eritrea, Guinea-Bissau, Cape Verde and Bahamas do not have Table Tennis associations. ITTF is working with the National Olympic Committees of these countries.

Sharath Kamal injured at the World Table Tennis Championships



Achanta Sharath Kamal of India, who is in the form of his life at the Suzhou World Table Tennis Championships, had to withdraw from the championships due to an unfortunate injury.

He tore a leg muscle during his second round match against Simon Gauzy of France. Sharath fought valiantly and completed the match 4-1 despite sustaining the injury at the 3-0 stage.

Sharath was drawn to face Fang Bo of China in the next round to decide the pre-quarterfinalist from that section of the draw.

Photo courtesy of the ITTF.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Three Indians progress to the round of 64 in the World Table Tennis Championships!

Go India! Our Table Tennis stars make us proud in China!

Three players in the Men's main draw and all three through to the next round!

Soumyajit Ghosh beat ITTF 2014 player of the year Aruna Quadri, G Sathiyan Gnanasekaran defeated Par Garell (one of the best servers in the world), and Sharath Kamal beat a tricky North Korean opponent Pak Sin Hyok.
The young guns and the experienced star are earning India more space on the World Table Tennis map.

Photo courtesy of the ITTF

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Ankita, Sharath, Soumyajit, and Amalraj nominated for The Times of India Sports Awards (TOISA)

Table Tennis stars Ankita Das, Sharath Kamal, Soumyajit Ghosh, and A Amalraj have been nominated for The Times of India Sports Awards (TOISA).

The winners will be chosen by online voting as well as by a jury of famous Indian sportpersons.

The jury has legends like Ramesh Krishnan, Zafar Iqbal, Sorav Ganguly, Anju Bobby George, Bobili Vijay Kumar, and Rajesh Kalra.

Visit www.toi.in/toisa to check the current online voting trends.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Dhanraj Choudhary on the Board of Directors of the ITTF

India's top Table Tennis official, Mr. Dhanraj Choudhary is on the Board of Directors of the International Table Tennis Federation.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Zhang Jike petting a Dolphin

Grand Slam Table Tennis winner Zhang Jike is taking time off to enjoy before the season begins in earnest.

Photo: sports.sohu.com

Ma Lin selfie

Ma Lin takes a selfie. Wang Hao watches curiously.

Photo at sports.sohu.com

Friday, April 17, 2015

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Match Point Table Tennis Academy

The Match Point Table Tennis Academy is run by G K Vishwanath. Vishwanath is a medallist at the national level and has captained Karnataka in several National Championships.Vishwanath has also coached Indian teams that have traveled abroad for tournaments.

The location of the club is 102, Visveswarapuram, Basavanagudi, Bangalore.

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Its not that elementary Mr. Benedict Cumberbatch!

Benedict Cumberbatch, who stars in a popular Sherlock TV serial that is popular in China, took up a challenge from Table Tennis legend Deng Yaping. The match was an unusual one where Yaping played with a wooden spoon. Benedict was a sport but he duly lost!

The occasion was the Laureus World Sports Awards in Shanghai.

Deng Yaping first offers Benedict a large sized paddle, and later plays with a normal Table Tennis bat.

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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Rick Carlisle loves Table Tennis

Rick Carlisle, the head coach of the Dallas Mavericks loves to play ping pong when he has free time.


Dog plays Table Tennis

Now proven! Table Tennis is a game for everyone, including dogs and cats. On Youtube (search for "Beating Heart"), you can see the enthusiastic dog returning the ball every time. Never mind the grip :).

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Brandon Marshall to host a Ping-Pong fundraiser

Brandon Marshall, who represents the New York Jets in the National Football League (NFL), will host a Ping-Pong fundraiser. The 1st Annual Paddle Battle at Harry Caray’s 7th Inning Stretch and Chicago Sports Museum at Water Tower Place will be held on May 15.

Marshall happens to be an investor in Harry Caray’s Water Tower location. The Table Tennis  fundraiser will benefit Marshall’s Project 375 Foundation.

Those who register will get a chance to play Marshall. Celebrity guests need not return the paddle. They also get a year's free membership at the Killerspin house, Chicago.

Tickets are priced at $75 for spectators, $125 for singles and $200 for doubles.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Achanta Sharath Kamal profile information and achievements

Achanta Sharath Kamal is one of India's best ever Table Tennis players. He shot into national prominence at the turn of the century and started winning medals for India soon after that. He has consistently performed at the highest level. Sharath's play has reached a new high after joining Timo Boll and team at Borussia Dusseldorf.

Current World Ranking - 44 (April 2015)

Some of Sharath's key achievements:
  • Gold medal at the 16th Commonwealth Table Tennis Championships at Kuala Lampur.
  • Bundesliga for Borussia Düsseldorf (Champions and currently reached finals at the European Champions League). First Indian to perform at this level in a premium league.
  • Arjuna Award 2004
  • 2006 Commonwealth Games at Melbourne Gold medal. Beat William Henzell in the finals
  • Won 2010 Egypt Open. Beat Li Ching of Hong Kong in the finals in straight sets.
  • 2010 US Open at Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Mens Doubles title at 2010 Commonwealth Games in New Delhi with Subhajit Saha
  • Participated in the 2004, 2008 Olympics at Athens and Beijing.
  • Many times National Champion
  • Participated at the Asian Games 2006 Doha, Qatar
  • Won Pyong Yong Invitational at North Korea
  • Bundesliga - TSV Gräfelfing, SV Weder Bremen, Borussia Düsseldorf (current club)
  • Deutsche Pokal for 2013
  • Doubles silver at Glasgow Commonwealth games with A Amalraj in doubles
  • 6th place at the Asian TT Championships
  • Represents PSPB in the National level tournaments along with Amalraj, Sanil Shetty, Harmeet Desai and others.
  • Invited to play at World Cup
School: PSBB Nungambakkam School
College: Loyola College, Chennai

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Serena knocks some Table Tennis balls

Serena Williams at a promotional event in London.

Many professional Tennis players play Table Tennis with great passion.

Editor


Monday, April 6, 2015

World Table Tennis Day

Today is World Table Tennis (Ping Pong) day! Play somehow today!

Editor

Achanta Sharath Kamal and team reach European Champions League (ECL) finals

Sharath Kamal, Timo Boll and Patrick Franziska clicked as a team to reach the finals of the European Champions (Table Tennis) League.

Borussia Düsseldorf won 3-1 against Chartres ASTT. Timo won two points for the top German team while Sharath again showed his class by beating veteran Damien Eloi. Chartres was unlucky that Gao Ning was unable to play due to injury.

Borussia will now fight for the title against Dimitrij Ovtcharov and team.

Editor

Photo: teamusa.org

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Sharath Kamal, Timo, Franziska to face Chartres in the ECL semis

India's pride Sharath's team Borussia Düsseldorf plays the second semifinals of the prestigious European Champions League today at 4:30 PM India time (1 PM local time).

They are expected to face stiff competition from the top French team Chartres, who have Gao Ning, Robert Gardos and Par Gerell. In the first leg of the semifinals, Borussia Dusseldorf had won 3-1, but both Sharath and Gao Ning were unable to play due to their Asian Cup matches at Jaipur.

Sharath created magic with wins over top world class players at Jaipur.

Friday, April 3, 2015

Top Table Tennis players of Andhra Pradesh

Top TT players of AP

The following are some of the top players in the State of Andhra Pradesh, India

Men

T Sai Praneeth
Jagdish Krishna
K Karthik
VVS Kaushik
GVS Rama Rao
P Baladurga Rao
K Vivekavardhan
C Suraj

Women

K V Vaishali
Sailu Noor Basha
Nagarsravani
K Spoorthy

Please drop an email to editor@tabletennisbug.com if you want to contribute to the list. Please include tournament details.

Photo: kluniversity.in


Top Table Tennis Players of Odisha (Orissa)

Top Table Tennis Players of Odisha


Men

Tousif Haque, Sagar Ghatge. Kalol Ganguly, Saswat Samal, Md Azhar,

Women

Anannya Basak, Samartha Prusty, Poushali Ghatak

Photo: orisports.com
For more details on Tousif Haque, see http://www.orisports.com/PersonDetails.aspx?pId=MjI5


World Rankings of Indian Table Tennis Players

World Rankings of top India Table Tennis players


Men


44   49 ACHANTA Sharath Kamal   IND 2240 
104   110 GHOSH Soumyajit   IND 2028 
159   152 DESAI Harmeet   IND 1838 
188   171 GNANASEKARAN Sathiyan   IND 1762 
317   KUMAR Jubin   IND 1388 

Women


World Ranking 4/2015 - General List - Women
Ranking Previous Name Assoc Ranking Pts.
171   DAS Mouma   IND 1946 
195   GHATAK Poulomi   IND 1893 
195   186 DAS Ankita   IND 1893 
226   212 PATKAR Madhurika   IND 1830 
267   262 AKULA Sreeja   IND 1716 





Thursday, April 2, 2015

District Level Table Tennis camp at Udupi

A district level camp is being organized by the  Department of Sports and Youth Empowerment and District Table Tennis Association at the Indoor Stadium from April 4 to 16 at Udupi, Karnataka.

The Camp is open to candidates in the 4 to 16 age group and will cost Rs. 250. You can apply by approaching the Assistant Director of Sports and Youth Empowerment. 

Call 0820-2521324 or 9480886467 for more details.

Photo: kannadigaworld.com

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Poonam wins prestigious Cash award from Punjab University

Poonam is an International Paralympic Table Tennis player who has won many medals at the National and International level. She recently won a significant cash award from the Punjab University.

Proof that she has a big heart is the fact that she teaches underprivileged children free of cost in her spare time.

Poonam is also a dedicated mother to her darling son. She gets inspiration and motivation from her husband Mukesh Kumar.

Photo: tribuneindia.com