Top Indian paddler Achanta Sharath Kamal has been placed in a tough group along with world number three Fan Zhendong of China in the men's singles draw of the 28th Asian Cup Table Tennis tournament which begins at the Sawai Man Singh Indoor Stadium here on Friday.
Top Indian paddler Achanta Sharath Kamal, the country's best hope in the Asian Cup Table Tennis Championship which will be held here from March 13 to 15, feels that heat in the pink city will be a crucial factor in the performance of players taking part in the tournament.
The Indian team of Achanta Sharath Kamal and Poulomi Ghatak Monday knocked out after losing in straight games to a Thailand team in the mixed doubles of the second round table tennis match at the 17th Asian Games here.
For Indian table tennis, Asian-level tournaments have never been easy and, going by the past records, the current form of the players and the level of competition they will face at the upcoming Asian Games starting here Friday, things will not be any different this time as well.
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa on Saturday announced a cash award of Rs 30 lakh each to the duo of Achanta Sharath Kamal and Anthony Amalraj from Tamil Nadu for winning silver medal in the men`s doubles table tennis event of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
Led by Olympic bronze medallist Vijender Singh, Indian pugilists stole the limelight on the ninth day of the competitions with four of them assuring silver medals for India while paddlers Achanta Sharath Kamal and Anthony Amalraj bagged a silver in the men`s doubles event of the 20th Commonwealth Games here.
Indian paddlers Achanta Sharath Kamal and Anthony Amalraj had to settle for the silver medal in the men`s doubles after they lost 1-3 to Singapore`s Hu Li and Ning Gao in the title clash of the 2014 Commonwealth Games.
Indian paddlers had a decent outing in the Commonwealth Games Wednesday with Achanta Sharath Kamal and Anthony Amalraj winning their respective mixed doubles third round matches before pairing up to win in men`s doubles as well, here.
Ace paddler Achanta Sharath Kamal suffered a 0-4 loss to Japan`s Jun Mizutani in the men`s singles as Indian challenge came to an end at the USD 300,000 ITTF World Tour Japan Open Superseries, here today.
Ace paddler Achanta Sharath Kamal and national champion K Shamini will spearhead the Indian challenge in the men`s and women`s sections respectively, at the Asian TT Championships in Busan from June 30 to July 7.
Ace Indian paddler Achanta Sharath Kamal stunned world No 31 Patrick Baum of Germany in a gruelling seven-setter to enter the pre-quarterfinals of the IITF World Tour Polish Open at Poznan on Saturday.