Sports news | Indian Hansini Mathan Rajan defeats youngest athlete at Tokyo Olympics, wins ITTF title


New Delhi, December 17 (PTI) India’s Hansini Mathan Rajan defeated Syrian Hend Zaza, the youngest athlete at this year’s Tokyo Olympics, to win the girls’ singles event at the ITTF Hopes table tennis tournament and Challenge 2021 in Amman.

Playing in the U-12 category, the reigning national junior champion dominated Zaza 11-6, 11-8, 6-11, 11-6 in the final played on December 14.

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Parth Prabhakar was India’s entry into the boys’ singles event which was won by Iranian Komeil Niknejad Divshali.

Hansini, who stayed in Amman for the camp hosted by the Asian Table Tennis Union, said the final was her toughest match of the competition.

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“I knew my opponent had been to the Olympics earlier this year, but I didn’t think about it while playing it. There was no pressure and I just played my game,” said the player. 12-year-old who considers his backhand the strongest. aspect of his game.

During the tournament, she was accompanied by her mother and her trainer Mamta Prabhu, who is also a former Indian player.

Chennai-based Hansini also won her second ITTF World Youth Series title with a victory in the U-13 girls category in Muscat in October. She won her first Youth Series title in Tunisia in September

She is trained by Shriniwas Rao, the father of the great Indian Sharath Kamal, and by uncle Muralidhar Rao.

“Ever since she started playing the sport at the age of seven, she has admired Sharath Kamal,” said her mother Pratibha, referring to the best Indian paddler of all time.

After the camp in Amman, Hansini will return to India to play national level events.

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