Ace paddler Achanta Sharath Kamal will now ply his trade for Chennai Lions in Ultimate Table Tennis 2019. The league will kickstart in national capital- Delhi from 25th July. A player draft was held in Mumbai on Thursday where the squads were finalized. A squad will consist of six players each.
- This time the league will only be played in Delhi unlike three venues, used in last season.
- There will be five ties matches in a tie unlike the seven matches in last edition
Dabang Delhi TTC decided to retain India’s number one ranked player in men’s singles- Sathiyan Gnanasekaran after which they were unable to pick a player from first round. Mavericks Kolkata picked India’s ace women’s paddler Manika Batra alongside Sanil Shetty.
Among top foreign player was Hong Kong’s Doo Hoi Kem, who will play for U Mumba. Goa Challengers got the services of Cheng I-Ching of Chinese Taipei, the highest-ranked player in fray at World No. 8. German player Petrissa Solja will play for Chennai Lions along with Portuguese player Tiago Apolonia.
Ultimate Table Tennis 2019, Season 3- Full squads
Chennai Lions: Sharath Kamal, Petrissa Solja, Tiago Apolonia, Madhurika Patkar, Yashini Sivasankar, Anirban Ghosh.
Dabang Delhi TTC: Sathiyan Gnanasekaran, Bernadette Szocs, Jon Persson, Parth Virmani, Naina, Krittwika Sinha Roy.
Goa Challengers: Cheng-I-Ching, Archana Kamath, Amalraj Anthony, Siddhesh Pandey, Shruti Amrute, Alvaro Robles.
Puneri Paltan Table Tennis: Chaung-Chih Yuan, Harmeet Desai, Ayhika Mukherjee, Selena Selvakumar, Ronit Bhanja and Sabine Winter.
RP-SG Mavericks Kolkata: Manika Batra, Benedikt Duda, Maltida Ekholm, Manush Shah, Prapti Sen and Sanil Shetty.
U Mumba TT: Doo Hoi Kem, Manav Thakkar, Suthirtha Mukherjee, Kirill Gerassimenko, Jeet Chandra and Moumita Dutta.