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Five Indian paddlers break into top 100 of ITTF World Rankings

For the first time in history, five Indian women's singles paddlers broke into the top 100 of the ITTF world rankings.

Five Indian paddlers break into top 100 of ITTF World Rankings
India now have five paddlers in the top 100 in the women's singles world rankings. ( Photo Credit: SAI Media)

The Bridge Desk

Updated: 26 Jun 2024 6:51 AM GMT

Five Indian paddlers entered the top 100 in the latest ITTF women's singles rankings, marking a significant moment for the sport in India.

For the first time in history, there are two Indians in the top 30.

Sreeja Akula is now India's no.1 jumping 19 spots to reach a career-high ranking of 24.

Sreeja became the third Indian singles player to break into the world's top 25.

While Manika Batra slipped to 29 in the live rankings as India's No. 2.

The paddlers from Naihati, West Bengal, Sutirtha and Ayhika also attained their career-high rankings.

Jumping a massive fifty spots and forty-nine places, Sutirtha Mukherjee sits at 75th and Ayhika Mukherjee sits at 92 in their respective women's singles rankings.

Ayihka will travel with the Indian team for the Paris Olympics as a standby.

The young gun, Yashaswini Ghorpade moved up 13 places to be ranked 86th.

Surprisingly, Archana Kamath, who is a part of the Indian contingent for the Paris Olympics, slipped two places to be ranked 129th.

The table tennis competition at the Olympics is set to begin on July 27 and will be followed by the team events starting on August 5.

The Indian women’s contingent for the Paris Olympics is comprised of Sreeja Akula, Manika Batra, Archana Kamath and Ayihka Mukherjee( reserve).

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