Houston World Table Tennis Championships

American player Kanak Jha reached the men’s singles quarter-finals, a first for the United States since 1959

Houston: Table tennis fans in Houston had the opportunity to see and cheer on the sport’s top table tennis players at the World Table Tennis Championships at the George Brown Convention Center in Houston from
From 23 to 29 November. It was the first time that the world championships had been held outside of Europe or Asia.

In Monday’s final, number 1 seed Fan Zhendong easily won the final men’s singles game easily 4-0 over Sweden’s Truls Moregard. In the women’s singles final, China’s Wang Manyu defeated compatriot Sun
Yingsha 4-2.

Houston table tennis enthusiasts greeted the Indian TT team upon arrival at Houston Airport to wish them good luck. Several Indian teams have reached the quarter-finals.

The tournament was hosted by the Houston Sports Association. Within the local organizing committee, active members of the Indo-American community included Jayant and Kanchan Kabad, Jyoti Kulkarni and Neeraj Oak. Dozens of other volunteers helped out at the tournament site and also welcomed and assisted the visiting Indian team.

In the men’s singles quarter-finals, the American Kanak Jha lost 4-2 to the German Timo Boll. In the quarterfinals of the women’s doubles, Manika Batra and Archana Kamat lost against the France team of Sarah de Nutte and Lian Xia Ni.
In the mixed doubles quarterfinals, the Indian team of Sathian Gnanasekaran and Manika Batra lost to Japan’s Tomokazu Harimoto and Hina Hayata.

To put the Indian team at ease in an unfamiliar environment, Sridhar Kota brought food from local Indian restaurants. The Indian contingent was able to visit NASA on Saturday with the help of local volunteers, including Mukund Belawadi.

The ITTF TT 2022 tournament will take place in Busan, South Korea.

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