The Indian table tennis contingent, comprising Achanta Sharath Kamal, Manika Batra, Sathiyan Gnanasekaran and Sutirtha Mukherjee, will be in action at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. The players qualified for the Quadrennial Games in the Asian qualifiers in Doha earlier this week. year.
While Sathiyan Gnanasekaran and Sutirtha Mukherjee dominated their respective groups to make the cup, Sharath Kamal and Manika Batra sealed their places thanks to their world rankings.
The Tokyo 2020 Olympics will be Sharath Kamal’s fourth Olympics.
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China has unquestionably dominated table tennis in recent years. However, countries like Japan, Germany, the United States, and India have players causing turmoil.
In Tokyo, table tennis competitions begin with individual events on July 24. The medal matches are scheduled for July 29 and 30. The team events start on August 1 and end with medal matches on August 6.
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Five table tennis players to watch
Adam Bobrow, one of table tennis’s most famous commentators, lists his favorites to watch.
1) Mima Ito (Japan): At 20, Mima Ito is not only the youngest of the Japanese Olympic team but, by far, the biggest threat to Chinese domination. His particularly aggressive serve rarely returns. Nicknamed “Mima punch” and “Mima smash”, the world number 2 is only 4 feet 9 inches tall. However, his power play has made table tennis more exciting in recent years.
2) Tomokazu Harimoto (Japan): Japanese sensation Harimoto is already considered a GOAT. He was barely 15 when he beat Olympic champion Ma Long. Killer of giants for 11 years, Harimoto has broken several age-related records. The 18-year-old paddler will be a joy to watch at the Olympics.
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3) Adriana Diaz (Puerto Rico): “The pride of Puerto Rico” Adriana Diaz is well known to Indian fans. She has been impressive in the country’s table tennis league, Ultimate Table Tennis. Adriana was the first Puerto Rican table tennis player to be invited to play in the Chinese Super League. Her personality, booty, and creative playstyle make her a fan favorite. Interestingly, Adriana is one of four TT sisters in the Diaz family. Her older sister Melanie also qualified to compete in Tokyo.
4) Liam Pitchford (England): As England’s top table tennis player, Liam Pitchford recently beat two of the top three Chinese players. His daring and risky style combined with his scary and versatile backhand makes him a danger to any opponent. No player can breathe easy with Pitchford in their half draw.
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5) Manika Batra (India): The poster boy for Indian table tennis, Manika Batra has an unusual playing style. At the 2018 Commonwealth Games, she managed a double surprise against world champion Feng Tianwei. With his positive, humble and contagious personality, Batra has won a large number of international fans. His rare combination of defense and offense near the table can surprise his opponents. She will team up with veteran Indian activist Achanta Sharath Kamal in the first-ever mixed doubles table tennis event at the Olympics.
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