When CEAT Ultimate Table Tennis started on July 13, 2017, Sanil Shetty and Harmeet Desai were promisingA�talents representing Falcons TTC and DHFL Maharashtra United respectively.
On Day 1 of the league, Sanil Shetty made a cracking debut in UTT beating world No. 31 Tiago Apolonia from RP-SG Mavericks inA�singles followed by beating the pair of Sharath Kamal and Sofia Polcanova in mixed doubles with Lee Ho Ching. In his next tie, SanilA�came met Dabang Smashers, losing the singles match against Marcos Freitas but winning the mixed doubles tie against SathiyanA�Gnanasekaran and Tetyana Bilenko.
The confidence of beating world No. 31 was carried when he faced world No. 29 Quadri Aruna of Oilmax Stag Yoddhas. Sanil cleanA�swept Quadri 3-0 followed up by another clean sweep in mixed doubles.
It was then Harmeet Desai chance to shine. Making his debut against Oilmax Stag Yoddhas, Harmeet clean swept world No. 19A�Panagiotis Gionis 3-0 on debut. In his next tie against RP-SG Mavericks, the Surat lad continued his good form beating world No. 23A�Stefan Fegerl and winning the mixed doubles tie against the pair of Sharath Kamal and Sofia Polcanova.
With their stellar performances the two have brought in a perception change. From promising players, they have become match-winners.
a�?It has been a great learning experience this entire UTT. To even watch these top players train so closely is just amazing,a�? said Sanil.A�Harmeet echoes the sentiments of Sanil. a�?To train and share dressing room alongside world No. 8 (Wong Chun Ting) is something IA�personally never experienced. Ita��s the small things that they do differently which is a great lesson for all of us,a�? explained Harmeet.
Sanila��s elder brother Sachin Shetty coaches RP-SG Mavericks in the league. It was against Mavericks where Sanil drew first blood.A�a�?He took the match away from us with the four points (two points each against Tiago Apolonia & Sharath Kamal/ Sofia Polcanova). IA�am sure he will come out a better player after the league,a�? said Sachin.
On the other hand, Ferenc Karsai, coach of DHFL Maharashtra United is also excited about Harmeet as a prospect. a�?He has a goodA�attitude and a game to back it. He can easily become the best Indian player in next few years,a�? pointed Karsai, who has coachedA�Austria, Belgium and Canada national teams previously.
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