After a lacklustre outing by the Indian desk tennis gamers on the WTT Star Contender in Doha the place mainly, Archana Kamath and Sreeja Akula shined, Indian paddlers will set their sight on the biennial continental occasion – the 2021 Asian Desk Tennis Championships that may even happen in the identical metropolis. Starting on twenty eighth September on the Lusail Multipurpose Corridor, the Asian Championships will conclude on the fifth of October, 2021 and likewise act because the qualifiers for the World Crew Championships in 2022.
Desk tennis in India has been rife with controversies ever because the Tokyo Olympics concluded and Manika Batra acquired into muddy waters with the Desk Tennis Federation of India (TTFI) and Nationwide coach, Soumyadeep Roy, in opposition to whom she has levied hefty allegations. Neglected of the squad by the TTFI because the 2018 Commonwealth Championships gold medallist didn’t attend the Nationwide Camp in Sonepat, Manika Batra’s absence from the Indian contingent can play a difficult position within the prestigious continental championships.
An issue that began on the Tokyo Olympics has now reached the Delhi Excessive Court docket.
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Minus Manika Batra onboard, the Indian workforce is one star paddler quick however could have the veteran Achanta Sharath Kamal (World No. 33) and Sathiyan Gnanasekaran (World No. 38) to take cost of proceedings within the Doha occasion. The key boon for the Indian workforce this time would be the absence of China from the event because the formidable and dominating Chinese language facet has determined to skip the Asian Desk Tennis Championships and slightly, select the ‘mini-Olympics’ or the China Nationwide Video games, again house. With the Asian Championships and the Nationwide Video games intently spaced, the Chinese language workforce took the smart name to choose out of the Doha occasion and as a substitute put together for the World Championships.
The Indian males’s workforce has a seasoned facet up their alley with Sharath Kamal, Sathiyan Gnanasekaran, Manav Thakkar (No. 134), Harmeet Desai (No. 72) and Sanil Shetty (No. 247) current whereas the Males’s Doubles will see Sharath Kamal/G. Sathiyan and Manav Thakkar/Harmeet Desai pairing up. After the good run on the Tokyo Olympics the place Sharath Kamal made it until the pre-quarters and clashed in opposition to the legendary Ma Lengthy, the 39-year-old will likely be again in motion in Doha.
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Sathiyan has been lively and even performed within the WTT Star Contender event however had no such luck. Thakkar and Desai additionally shared the identical destiny as that of Sathiyan there. All in all, with out Chinese language paddlers there to trigger bother, India ought to hope for a greater exhibiting and aspire for the deeper levels of the occasion and could have many alternatives to trigger harm.
The Indian ladies’s workforce could have Tokyo-returned World No. 95 participant, Sutirtha Mukherjee to helm the facet. Becoming a member of Sutirtha will likely be kids Ayhika Mukherjee, Sreeja Akula and Archana Kamath. On the WTT Star Contender, each Sreeja and Archana had been spectacular. Whereas Akula defeated World No. 21 Hyowon Suh from South Korea to sail into the pre-quarters the place she ultimately misplaced, Archana Kamath gained unbelievable momentum and defeated Miyu Nagasaki in her pre-quarters and stormed into the quarter-finals. The 21-year-old met with the World No. 15 Doo Hoi Kem for a spot within the semis and even acquired off to a superb begin earlier than succumbing to a loss. Having fun with a superb kind, these kids ought to make up for Manika Batra and China’s absence within the event and money in on the alternatives.
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The ATTU Asian Desk Tennis Championships will see the Indian workforce take part in as many as seven classes of occasions – Males’s Crew, Males’s Doubles, Males’s Particular person, Ladies’s Crew, Ladies’s Doubles, Ladies’s Particular person and lastly, Blended Doubles. China has gained 128 gold medals within the occasion and Japan, is second on the listing with simply 14 golds, making a obvious hole and exhibiting why China is the true powerhouse of the game. India has solely gained the bronze medal as soon as, that too manner again in 1976 when Manjit Singh Duo and Vilas Menon gained the bronze in Males’s Doubles. Since then, India has had no luck at medalling however hopefully, issues will look higher this time.
Indian desk tennis is certainly on the rise and younger paddlers have been taking gigantic steps and inflicting upsets that showcase the promise of their expertise. Supplied the attracts are beneficial, the workforce, even with out Batra has the potential to click on and shine in the important thing moments, given the momentum a few of the gamers are at present having fun with.
Here is the complete Indian squad for the 2021 Asian Desk Tennis Championships:
Males’s workforce: Manav Thakkar, Sharath Kamal, Sathiyan Gnanasekaran, Harmeet Desai, Sanil Shetty
Males’s Doubles: Sharath Kamal, G Sathiyan, Manav Thakkar, Harmeet Desai.
Ladies’s workforce: Sutirtha Mukherjee, Sreeja Akula, Ayhika Mukherjee, Archana Kamath
Ladies’s doubles: Archana Kamath, Sreeja Akula, Sutirtha Mukherjee and Ayhika Mukherjee
Blended doubles: Manav Thakkar, Archana Kamath, Harmeet Desai and Sreeja Akula