Sharath one spot behind his best WR
Coimbatore, August 3: A. Sharath Kamal, the original poster boy of Indian table tennis, upstaged teammate G. Sathiyan to be the highest working ranking Indian at No. 33. Thus, Sharath recaptured his prime position which was his alone for a long time.
He attained his best world ranking is No. 32 which was in May 2015. After the Suzhou World Championships where he suffered a hip injury saw a dip in his form but ever since he won his record-equally eighth national singles title at Ranchi, the 36-year-old has been coming into his own self.
Sathiyan, who is at No. 39, has shown a jump of just one spot while Sharath has gained 10 positions from his previous No. 33. Harmeet Desai, who was at 79 before the Commonwealth Games at Gold Coast, is very much in the top 100 but 20 places behind at No. 99.
The ITTF’s world ranking list released today takes into calculation the two important events that Team India played recently in South Korea and Australia.
With three Indian male paddles in top 100, Manika Batra is the only female paddler that has been showing a steady improvement. She has gained 24 places to be at No. 57. She was previously at No. 81.
Among the young women players, Ayhika Mukherjee has been able to maintain her ranking somewhat as she lost just one spot to be at No. 118 from her previous No. 117.
Among U-18 Boys, Manav Thakkar continues to remain in No. 3 position while as many as four others—Manush Shah (19), Snehit Suravajjula (26), Jeet Chandra (34) and Parth Virmani (93)—have not only shown considerable improvement but are also in top 100 in world rankings.
In Under-21, Manav was ranked at 28 whilee Ayhika at 49.
As many as five Indian girls are among top 100 in world ranking with Archana Kamath clipping off two positions to be at No. 10. Selenadeepthi Selvakumar (No. 24), Yashini Sivasankar (38), Prapti Sen (65) and Swastika Ghosh (73) are following Archana, but way off the Karnataka girl.
In under-15, Payas Jain is at No 6 while Diya Chitale at No. 4, underlining the strong statements the young guns are making.