Archana Kamath bagged maiden crown t the National senior Table Tennis meet. She is the first youngster from Karnataka State in 50 years to win this title. The last player from Karnataka to win the title was Usha Sunderraj in 1968.
Archana Kamath represented Petroleum Sports Promotion Board. She defeated Krittwika Sinha Roy of West Bengal. She beat CWG Gold medalist Manika Batra in the semifinals.
Archana Kamath – Life
Archana is a Bangalorean, born to an ophthalmologist couple. Her constant support from her family led her to be ranked number 1 player in Karnataka State.
The young and fierce Archana Kamath is a right handed player with a shake-hand grip and an attacking style of play and idolizes Saina Nehwal and Roger Federer.
Archana was introduced to the sport of Table Tennis when she was 9. What started off as a recreational game soon became the passion. The passion drove the teenager Archana in making accomplishments at the international level.
Accomplishments of Archana Kamath
Archana won her first U-12 and U-18 State title in 2011. She retained the Karnataka State No.1 Sub-junior ranking through 2012.
She is ranked number 1 player in Karnataka State in 4 age categories i.e. (U-15, U-18, U-21 and Women’s Singles). She is the first player to hold this distinction in the history of TT in Karnataka. In 2013, at the Karnataka State Ranking Table Tennis Tournaments, she won 30 titles in total.
In the year 2013 she ended the year by winning National Championship (Singles Gold) and Doubles Bronze. Archana made Karnataka proud by becoming the first TT player from the state to win all the 3 available Gold medals in a National championship.
Title dedication and Conclusion
Archana Kamath dedicated her title to 3 people. First among them is her coach Vijay Sarathy. The others being Judit Magos Engle, wife of former India coach Peter Engel and her cousin sister, who passed away recently.
Archana Kamath has already achieved a lot in her Table Tennis career. She has won the Gold medal in the 2015 French Open. She also reached the quarterfinals in the Mixed Doubles category of the 2015 World Junior Table Tennis Championship.