Did not take any pressure: Soumyajit

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PHOTO: Rupesh Yadav
PHOTO: Rupesh Yadav

Young table tennis sensation Soumyajit Ghosh feels his strategy to avoid undue pressure worked well for him in the tournament and bagged him the National crown at such a young age.

The 19-year-old, who was the only Indian to qualify in the men’s competition at the London Olympics last year, overpowered the experienced Achantha Sharath Kamal 4-2 to win his maiden National title on Saturday. “…It feels really good to beat a great player like him (Sharath),” Soumyajit, who decimated defending champion A. Amalraj’s challenge in the semifinals, said. Ranked No.1 in the country, Soumyajit was clearly one of the favourites to win but the humble Siliguri-lad had said he preferred being an ‘underdog’ going into the tournament. “I was confident going into the tournament as a No.1 ranked player. But I did not want to take any pressure on myself,” he said adding that he was up for the tough challenge as he had prepared hard both physically and mentally. Soumyajit had a nervous start to the final when Sharath showed why he is the best ranked Indian in the world as he started attacking him from the onset. The seven-time champion Sharath, however, ran out of steam in the next three sets (8-11, 6-11, 7-11) and made several unforced errors, paving the way for Ghosh’s recovery.

Shamini beats Ghatak

In the summit clash in the women’s category, K. Shamini turned the tide against Poulomi Ghatak, who had beaten her in the finals of the last two editions of the competition. Despite a nervous start to the finals, the 25-year-old girl from Chennai remained composed to demolish Poulomi 4-1.PTI



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