Harmeet Desai breaks into top 100 in ITTF rankings

The Indian joins compatriots Sharath Kamal and Soumyajit Ghosh in the club.

Harmeet Desai performed well at the Wuxi Asian Championships to rise up in the rankings.   -  G. Ramakrishna

Harmeet Desai has joined his India team-mates Sharath Kamal and Soumyajit Ghosh by occupying a spot in the top 100 of the latest ITTF rankings. Desai is positioned 95th.

Incidentally, this is the first time ever that three Indians figure in top-100 of ITTF rankings. With his sterling show at the Wuxi Asian Championships, both in team events as well as in singles, Harmeet moved five places ahead after being placed at No. 100 on the men’s ranking list.

Sharath is still the top-ranked Indian at No. 54 while Ghosh, despite his title winning performance at the Chile Open on Sunday, has made a small jump ahead, moving to 83 from 84. But the worst sufferer is Manika Batra who, from World No. 93, has been pushed to No. 103. The other women paddlers have done nothing worthwhile to move up the ladder.

In the Youth Boys category, Arjun Ghosh has moved several places to break the 100-mark barrier; he is ranked 98. Manav Thakkar, Abhishek Yadav, Ronit Bhanja, Anirban Ghosh, Siddesh Pande, Jeet Chandra, Birdie Boro and Manush Shah have gained in the rankings but none matching the performance of Arjun Ghosh.

Among Youth Girls, Ayhika Mukherjee has improved upon her ranking by going up two places from 37 to 35, along with Moumita Datta (147), Seleena Depthi (177) and Diya Chitale (209). Surprisingly, Archana Kamath has lost a few places from 56 to be 59.

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