June 14th sees the return of the best table tennis tournament in the world, Ultimate Table Tennis 2018. After a very exciting and action paced 2017 season, the Ultimate table tennis league is back once again starting tomorrow. And newer players, more competition and higher stakes at hand are all the ingredients needed to make season 2 even bigger and better. Make sure you tune into Star Sports from the 14th to witness the finest table tennis matches.
The edition of Ultimate Table Tennis 2018 sees a change in venue and format. The Shiv Chhatrapathi sports complex in Balewadi, Pune will see the tournament kick-off with defending champions Falcons TT face Maharashtra United. The league will be played in three phases with each phase consisting of 6 days and taking place in three different cities around the country. The Pune leg of the competition will go on till June 19 after which the competition will shift to the capital Delhi (June 20 to 25) coming to an end in Kolkata (June 26 to July 1).
The Ultimate Table Tennis teams are: Dabang Smashers; Falcons; Maharashtra United; RP-SG Mavericks; Warriors; and Empowerji Challengers with each team consisting of three men and three women players.
We take a look at the top ranked Indian players who will set the tournament alight with their game.
– Sathiyan Gnanasekaran
The number one ranked Indian table tennis player will lead Dabang Smashers Table Tennis Club (TTC).
Talking about his role as captain, Sathiyan said, “I’m really looking forward to this season and my role as the captain. We’re confident that we can challenge for the title this year and have the player strength to do so. We’re all pumped up to rise above all expectations this year.”
– Manika Batra
The 22 year old No.1 ranked Indian women player boasts of talent and experience that is well beyond her year. Having destroyed her opponents at the Commonwealth Games, she won 4 medals at the games owing to the immense quality of her game. She sees the league as great preparation for the upcoming Asian Games.
Asian Games will be quite tough compared to Commonwealth Games as table tennis giants China, Korea and Japan will be there as tight competition. With boosted confidence from the CWG performance, we will try to beat them. I won’t say that we will win medals in Asian Games, but we will give it our best shot, that’s for sure, “she said.
Come back for more updates on the Ultimate Table Tennis 2018 and match highlights.