Sunday, September 26, 2010

Time for Achanta Sharat Kamal to bloom again

If India's best player, Achanta Sharath Kamal stays true to his form and reputation, the hosts can expect a few medals in table tennis at the CWG.

The lanky player whose home is in Chennai but who spends more time in Spain now, is the defending champion in men's singles and knows what it takes to win medals in these Games, having also helped India win the team crown at the Melbourne Games four years ago. This time, he will have to pull it off in front of the home crowd. India's foreign coach, Massimo Constantini is confident that Sharath can retain the singles gold.

"According to the ITTF world team ranking, India is second among the men and fifth among the women. So, at the CWG level, we're one of the leading powers. As far as Sharath goes, he has the ability to defend his singles gold. The right balance and confidence will make the difference," said Constantini.

Not surprisingly, even for the team event, India have once again pinned their hopes largely on Sharath who became the first Indian to win an ITTF Pro Tour singles title. He accomplished the feat at the Egypt Open in July this year. He had also bagged the US Open title at Michigan in the same month.
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