The second tournament at Fremont Table Tennis Academy for 2023 took place this past weekend (April 28-30) featuring over 100 players battling in 16 events for bragging rights, trophies, medals, and a ratings boost! Players showed great fighting spirit, enthusiasm, good sportsmanship, and went through the ups and downs of a tournament. The players to reach 2 event finals were Tanishq Dhavali (1st place-Juniors 14 Years & Under, 1st place-Juniors 18 Years & Under), Karthik Kalle (1st place-Under 1600, 2nd place-Juniors 18 Years & Under), Mihika Vangapalli (2nd place-Under 1300, 2nd place-Juniors 14 Years & Under), and Michael Marinas (2nd place-Seniors Over 50 Years, 2nd place-Under 1600). The next tournament will take place on June 16-18 at Fremont Table Tennis Academy.
Day 1: Friday, April 28, 2023
The first day of play in FTTA tournaments has always had the entry level events such as Under 25, Under 50, and Under 100, and Under 400. A nice surprise were that all event winners on the first day were first-time tournament event winners! The Under 25 event was won by Sana Sahu over Tanisha Balamurugan. The Under 50 event featured a final of the top two seeds with Anchit Nayak over Atul Sarje for the title. The Under 100 event had Arvind Kalyan over Yashaswi Pasumarthi. The Under 400 event has Aditya Shyam taking his first title over first-time tournament player and adult student Valery Nguyen.
Day 2: Saturday, April 29, 2023
The second day featured a wide variety of events with the most events of the 3 days. The Open Doubles, a first-time FTTA event, kicked things off with Tanish Balamurugan and Shrirang Krishnaprasad winning over Rachel Purwar and Abhinav Shirbhate. Then followed the Seniors Over 50 Years event which took place for only the second time. Thong Lam took the seniors title over the spirited Michael Marinas. The Under 1600 followed next with a battle of generations in the final with 10-year old Karthik Kalle taking the title over senior Michael Marinas who would reach his second event final. Then Tanishq Dhavali took the Juniors 14 Years and Under title over Mihika Vangapalli. The Under 1300 event featured Ravi Epuri taking the title over Mihika who made her second event final. Then the Under 1000 event final featured first-time FTTA tournament player Taoli Gu taking the title over Ruhi Majumdar. The Under 700 closed play on Saturday with Saatvik Swaminathan edging Vividh Goenka 11-9 in the 5th to take the title.
Day 3: Sunday, April 30, 2023
The final day of play featured the highest level of play of the 3 days beginning with Open Singles. Rohan Sirisena Manamendra Gedara took the title for the 5th time in the past year over Kiranjoy Pushilal. One highlight point happened in the first game at 10-7 with Rohan hitting a fast behind-the-back down-the-line winner at game point to win the game! Then the Under 2200 title was taken by Priyanshu Ghosh over Vinay Nagaraj. The Under 1900 title was then taken by Tega Sebeni over the crafty Prashanth Prahlad. Then 2 junior events closed play with Tanishq Dhavali becoming the only multiple event winner winning the Juniors 18 Years & Under over Karthik Kalle to follow his Juniors 14 Years & Under win the previous day. The juniors 8 years & under was won by Ali Afrakhteh for the second time over Ryan Nagarajan.