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Harmeet Desai wins Indonesia Open Table Tennis Championship

Harmeet Desai Indonesia Open
Ace Indian paddler Harmeet Desai continued his impressive campaign in the international circuit as he staved off a strong challenge from his compatriot Amalraj Anthony to win the gold medal in the ITTF Challenge Indonesia Open 2019 in Batam, Indonesia on Sunday. In an all-Indian men’s singles final that saw two of India’s most...

Harmeet Desai and Ayhika Mukherjee win Commonwealth Table Tennis Championships

  India scripted a new chapter at the 21st Commonwealth Games, as Harmeet Desai put up a stellar performance when he blasted past top-seeded G. Sathiyan to bag a gold medal in the men's singles final held in Jawaharlal Nehru Indoor Stadium, Cuttack. In the men's singles event, the Indian duo of Anthony Amalraj Manav Thakkar defeated compatriot Sharath Kamal and...

Harmeet Desai calls out Gujarat gov over cash prize

Be careful about how much you celebrate based on what the government promises to shower upon you. Take the instance of Harmeet Desai for reference. Harmeet happens to be Gujarat's only gold medallist from the recently completed Commonwealth Games and the government had apparently promised him 1 crore. However, it so happens that Harmeet Desai has received only 1/3rd of...

Table Tennis: Maiden Nationals title win for Harmeet; Sutirtha wins her second

Nationals Men and Women Harmeet Desai and Sutirtha Mukherjee (Image: G. RAMAKRISHNA/The Hindu)
It has been a long wait for Harmeet Desai. In 2013, he had reached the finals of the national’s men’s singles event but had conceded a defeat. Seven years later, Harmeet pulls off a strong comeback to win his maiden nationals title on Sunday at the UTT 81st National Table Tennis Championship at the Saroornagar Indoor Stadium.

ITTF Hungarian Open 2020: Manika sizzles; Sharath Kamal enters men’s and mixed doubles quarters

Indian star paddlers Achanta Sharath Kamal and Manika Batra on Thursday displayed exemplary performances at the ITTF World Tour Hungarian Open. The former Commonwealth Games gold medallist, Sharath Kamal, showed tremendous grit and resolve as he partnered Manika to a marathon 11-8, 9-11, 6-11, 11-9, 11-7 victory over home hope Adam Szudi and Szandra Pergel. Later, Sharath Kamal paired up with...

Unfair to say we lost because of the absence of foreign coach — Sathiyan

Saturday turned out to be a disappointing day for Indian table tennis fraternity. With both the men's and women's team getting knocked out at the 2020 ITTF World Team Qualification tournament in Gondomar, Portugal, it ended the hopes of India qualifying for Tokyo Olympics table tennis team events. Despite nine quotas being available, the...

Indian men’s table tennis team disappoint, lose to Slovenia

It was a disappointing day at Gondomar, Portugal where both the Indian men's and women's table tennis teams are playing the World Team Olympic Qualification tournament. After the news came in about the women's squad suffering a defeat against Romania, the fifth-seeded Indian men's contingent also got a severe blow, losing out to world 15th ranked Slovenia,...

Table Tennis: Indian women’s team one win away from qualifying for Olympics

Manika Batra
Following the suit of the Indian men’s team, the women’s table tennis team also put up a valiant display at the ongoing World Olympic Qualifying tournaments in Portugal, where they are just one win away from qualifying for Tokyo Olympics. Both teams now advance to the round of 16. The women’s team pulled off...

Tokyo 2020 World Team Qualification: Sharath Kamal shines, India one win away

Achanta Sharath Kamal and the country's top-ranked paddler Sathiyan Gnanasekaran shone on late Wednesday night at the ongoing Tokyo 2020 World Team Qualification tournament as the Indian men's table tennis team beat Luxembourg and progressed to the pre-quarterfinals in Gondomor, Portugal. Pitted against the lowly ranked Luxembourg team, India, seeded fifth, were favourites to...

Tokyo 2020 World Team Qualification: India’s chances, draw, schedule, live streaming and more

Table Tennis
On Tuesday, the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) announced the draws for the upcoming Tokyo 2020 World Team Qualification tournament for the upcoming 2020 Tokyo Olympics and the Indian men's team have it relatively easier than the women's team. While the men, who are seeded fifth, have been drawn to take on lowly ranked Luxembourg in the...