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Table Tennis: Teen sensation Hansini makes big strides, to play maiden international event in Sweden

Table Tennis: Teen sensation Hansini makes big strides, to play maiden international event in Sweden

Chennai, February 19: Following her impressive performances at the national circuit, young Chennai table tennis sensation M Hansini is all set to showcase her talent at the international level as the 10-year-old will play her maiden International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) junior circuit event, Swedish Junior and Cadet Open, which is scheduled in Orebro, Sweden, from February 19 to 23.

It has been a memorable year for Class V student who bagged a bronze medal in cadet girls' singles at the 2019 UTT 81st National Table Tennis Championships and will start the upcoming season as India No.1 in the U-12 category.

It was coach Muralidhara Rao, who has experience of coaching top paddlers in the country such as Sharath Kamal and K Shamini, spotted the talent in Hansini at SDAT AKG Table Tennis Development Centre in Chennai.

"One day Hansini came to watch her cousin play in the academy. I gave her bat asking her to play and the way she was returning the ball impressed me. As a table tennis expert coach, I felt that this girl has the potential to make it big so I asked her mother to put her in the academy. Soon she proved it by becoming U-10 champion within one year and then clinched U-12 title too. We are targeting 2028 Olympics and we look at Hansini as one of the strong medal prospects," Muralidhara said.

The SDAT AKG is one of five table tennis academies in India which are being supported by the Ultimate Table Tennis (UTT). With the help of UTT, the academies are getting specialised physios, mental conditioning coaches, nutritionists which are helping paddlers perform better at the national and international level right from a young age.

"After UTT support the kids are progressing well at a higher level. Last year five of them played at the national level," Muralidhara added.

Hansini has been placed in the Group 8 in junior girls' singles alongside Germany's Naomi Pranjkovic, Sweden's Hannah Holgersson and England's Amy Marriott.

Source: Media Release

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Story first published: Wednesday, February 19, 2020, 22:56 [IST]
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