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Snehit clinches singles silver, doubles bronze at Kazakhstan International Open

Published: 19th Sep 2021 7:11 pm

Hyderabad: Hyderabad’s table tennis player S Fidel R Snehit had an impressive outing as he clinched silver in the men’s singles and then partnered with Sudhanshu Grover to clinch a bronze medal in the men’s doubles at the 2021 ITTF Kazakhstan International Open, on Sunday.

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Snehit, who is world no 405, defeated higher ranked players like world No.136 Pavel Platonov of Bulgaria in semifinals 4-1 (11-5, 11-3, 11-5, 6-11, 11-8) and world No.182 Ali Al Khadrawi of Saudi Arabia 4-2 in quarterfinals to storm into his first ever finals in the men’s category. He lost to the world No.46 Kiril Gerassimenko of Kazakhstan 1-4 (6-11, 9-11, 3-11, 11-9, 6-11) in the gold medal match.

Snehit and his partner Sudhanshu Grover lost to Kazakhstan’s Kiril Gerassimenko-Alan Kurmangaliyev 2-3 (11-8, 2-11, 6-11, 12-10, 5-11) in the semifinals to settle for a bronze medal. Snehit, who had won title at Jordan Open in the junior’s category in 2017, entered the men’s category for the first time.

A student of Somnath Ghosh MLR UTT Academy, Snehit is happy with his performance. “Winning two international medals in a tournament by beating better ranked players is something to cheer about. I could maintain consistency in this tournament. I am sure that I can come up with good performances by making amendments in certain areas of the game. I thank my coach, Somnath Ghosh and physical fitness trainer Hirak Bagchi and the Academy founder Amarnath Reddy for their wonderful support.” Coach Somnath Ghosh congratulated Snehit on his achievement.

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