In a remarkable feat, Indian table tennis sensation Sreeja Akula has surged up the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) women's singles rankings, claiming her career-best world ranking of 51. This significant jump follows her outstanding performances in the last two international tournaments.
Just last week, Sreeja Akula achieved her previous career-high ranking of 66, and within a short span, she has now broken into the top 50. The catalyst behind this surge in rankings is her stellar display in recent competitions, notably securing her maiden international title at WTT Feeder Corpus Christi earlier this month.
Sreeja Akula's winning streak continued as she clinched a quarterfinal finish at the highly competitive WTT Star Contender Goa. During her victorious campaign, she defeated two higher-ranked opponents, including a three-time Olympian in the final, showcasing her resilience and prowess on the table.
The phenomenal performances in these tournaments propelled Sreeja Akula to leap 28 places in the world rankings in just two weeks, making her the 51st-ranked women's singles player globally.
Meanwhile, in the women's singles category, Manika Batra maintains her position as India's number one player, rising two places to be ranked 36th globally. Meanwhile, in women's doubles, the Asian Games bronze medal-winning pair of Sutirtha Mukherjee and Ayhika Mukherjee lead the Indian contingent with a world rank of 18. Sreeja Akula, alongside Diya Chitale, jumped eight places to enter the world's top 40 in women's doubles.
The dynamic duo of Manush Shah and Manav Thakkar showcased a commendable performance at the WTT Star Contender Goa, resulting in a seven-place jump to enter the top 20 in men's doubles. They currently hold the 19th spot in the world rankings.
In mixed doubles, the formidable pair of Manika Batra and Sathiyan Gnanasekaran maintain their dominance as India's top pair with a world ranking of 11. Archana Kamath and Manav Thakkar have also made their mark by entering the top 40, securing the 37th spot. Harmeet Desai continues to hold the title of India's number one men's singles player with a world ranking of 68. Sathiyan and Achanta Sharath Kamal are placed at 93rd and 99th positions, respectively.
Sreeja Akula's rapid ascent in the world rankings adds another layer to India's burgeoning prominence in international table tennis, and her recent achievements are poised to inspire aspiring players across the nation.