Snehit makes history at Jordan Open
India’s talented young paddler S Fidel R Snehit created history of sorts by winning the Junior boys title in the coveted 2017 ITTF World Junior Circuit Jordan Junior & Cadet Open on Wednesday here.
Amman: India’s talented young paddler S Fidel R Snehit created history of sorts by winning the Junior boys title in the coveted 2017 ITTF World Junior Circuit Jordan Junior & Cadet Open on Wednesday here.
Ironically, the young boy was included in the Indian team at the eleventh hour!. For his unprecedented heroics, the 16th seed, who trains at the Raman TT High Performance Centre in Chennai, took home a whopping$750 in prize-money.The Khammam native clinched the title with a decisive 4-1 verdict over another surprise finalist, the seventh seeded compatriot Jeet Chandra. This comes after he won the doubles silver medal a few hours earlier.
It goes to the credit of the Junior India No 2, whose jour ney began at Global Table Tennis Academy (GTTA) in Hyderabad, that he displayed the right temperament in crunch situation. He was made to sweat but he accomplished with a telling demonstration of the killer-instinct that he seems to possess in a rich measure.
"To the best of my knowledge, Snehit is the first boy from Andhra Pradesh and Telangana to win a doubles silver and a singles title in the same international tournament. It is a moment of pride for all of us," said a delighted Mukkamala Venkateswara Rao, former national coach.
The victory march has been quite significant as he toppled top seed Abdel-Aziz Youssef of Egypt in pre-quarter finals.
Reflecting on the triumph, Snehit said "this match will remain vivid in my memory. I narrowly lost the first two sets and changed the strategy to rein him. I thwarted his power-play and that was the turning point."
His current coach Raman said, "Snehit's win goes to show that good skills coupled with a workable fitness regimen will make one dexterous. It shows his commitment, intensity and passion for the game.
He deserves all the accolades coming his way." Match to the title: Finals: Bt Jeet Chandra (India) 12-10, 7-11, 11-9, 11-4, 11-6; Semifinals: BtHsu Po-Hsuan Chinese Taipei 11-7, 9-11, 4-11, 11-4, 12-10, 14-12; Quarterfinals: Bt Wang Yi-Fan (Chinese Taipei) 11-4, 11-8, 11-5, 3-11, 9-11, 11-4; Round of 16: Bt Abdel-Aziz Youssef (Egypt) 13-15,13-15,11-9,11-8,11-4,11-4; Round of 32: Bt Alhourani Hasan (Jordan) 11-9,11-6,11-6,11-6.