Kolkata, Dec 7: Star paddler Mouma Das returned from Spain with a silver medal in the women's doubles along with her partner Monika Batra in the Spanish Open Table Tennis Championship.
She is surely elated after clinching a silver medal in the ITTF Challenger Series championship and became the first Indian female paddler to do so.
Before leaving for South Korea, with the national team for the training, Mouma spoke about her silver in the Spanish Open.
She expressed a little bit of regret by stating, “We even equalised the shoreline coming from behind. We were also confident of winning the desired gold medal that time. But in the final one of our opponents was a current World Champion in the mixed doubles. She proved too good for us. In addition, they had a left and right-handed combination which troubled us consistently.”
But according to the former national champion, a serious problem is being faced by almost every international paddler nowadays. It is the change of balls in every international championship.
Mouma told MyKhel, “This is going on in recent times in most of the international tournaments. That is causing huge difficulty. The ball which we are using during our training and even the balls which are being used in our domestic championships are no more used in international tournaments.
"Even the balls are getting changed in two consecutive international championships. Naturally, we are facing stiff problem to cope up with the bounce, swing and the speed of the new balls and that is eventually affecting our performance.”
Mouma added further, “I know that with the ball we will train in Korea will invariably change after we return from Korea and take part in the senior national championship. Then again the ball will change when we participate in the Commonwealth Games next year in Australia. But we couldn't do anything as we all will have to learn to adjust to the change.”