Manika Batra, Sharath Kamal move up in world table tennis rankings

first_imgAchanta Sharath Kamal once again became India’s top-ranked table tennis player as upstaged Sathiyan Gnanasekaran to become world no.33 in the latest rankings on Friday.On the other hand, Manika Batra, who is the only female Indian table tennis player in top 100, jumped 24 places to become world No.57. She was previously 81st in the world.The 36-year-old Sharath has been India’s poster boy of table tennis for long and his best world ranking till now has been No.32, which he attained in May 2015.The latest rankings by the International Table Tennis Federation were based on the two important events lately in South Korea and Australia.After the Suzhou World Championships, where he suffered a hip injury, Sharath saw a dip in his form. However, his recovered from that to win his record-equalling eighth national singles title at Ranchi.Sathiyan, who is at No.39, has shown a jump of just one spot while Sharath has gained 10 positions.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.Among the young women players, Ayhika Mukherjee has been able to maintain her ranking — she lost just one spot to be at No.118.Among U-18 Boys, Manav Thakkar remains 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.Five Indian girls are among the top 100 in world ranking, with Archana Kamath clipping off two positions to be at No.10.advertisementSelenadeepthi Selvakumar (No.24), Yashini Sivasankar (38), Prapti Sen (65) and Swastika Ghosh (73) follow Archana.(With IANS inputs)last_img