Spoorthy in Telugu means inspiration. For someone who is just 15, Karnam Spoorthy is already a big hit in the table tennis circuit by virtue of being the South Asian under-15 champion.
The fact that she happens to be the only player from Andhra Pradesh (among both boys and girls) in the Indian contingent for the ongoing World junior table tennis championship (under-18) at Gachibowli Indoor Stadium is yet another reminder of her growing stature.
When this gifted paddler from Vijayawada won her first match in the team event of the Worlds here against a Dutch girl on Tuesday evening, her joy was pretty understandable.
“I didn’t feel the pressure but realised quickly that I had to be patient,” says Spoorthy, an Intermediate first year student of Sri Gayathri College.
“There is a huge difference from what we normally train and what we see in these events. The change of pace is the biggest asset at this level and we should not be in a hurry,” feels Spoorthy, who is a big fan of reigning world champion Ding Ning of China.
“With three more years to go in the juniors category, I am keen to make a big impact,” she says. Spoorthy has also won the North Zone under-18 singles title and is now ranked India No. 2 in this section.
“I came to know that these foreigners train for eight to 10 hours. No wonder, they are so classy,” she says with a smile.