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Sreeja Akula, 1st Indian to win the WTT Contender Singles title

Sreeja Akula, 1st Indian to win the WTT Contender Singles title
Sreeja Akula, 1st Indian to win the WTT Contender Singles title

 


Sreeja Akula from Hyderabad became the first Indian table tennis player to win a WTT (World Table Tennis) Contender title. Sreeja Akula won both the women's singles and doubles titles WTT Contender Lagos 2024 event.

The prize money of USD 80,000 WTT Contender Lagos 2024 was held at the Sir Molade Okoya Thomas Indoor Sports Hall in Lagos, Nigeria, from June 19 to June 23, 2024.

First Singles WTT Contender title for Sreeja Akula

Sreeja Akula, India's number one in women's singles, defeated the 16-year-old Yijie Ding from China 4-1 (10-12,11-9,11-6,11-8,11-6) in the final of the WTT Contender Lagos 2024, held on June 23, 2024, to win her first WTT Contender title.

Sreeja Akula defeated compatriot Sutirtha Mukherjee in the semi-finals to reach the final of the WTT Contender Lagos 2024.

Sreeja Akula has already qualified for the 2024 Paris Olympics and is part of the Indian team Archana Kamath, Manika Batra, Sharath Kamal, Harmeet Desai, And Manav Thakkar. Manika Batra and Sharath Kamal will lead the Indian team at the Olympics.

Winners of the WTT Contender Lagos 2024

The Indian table tennis player had an excellent day at the WTT Contender Lagos 2024 tournament. They won the women's singles and doubles titles, along with the men's doubles titles.

Serial Number

Events

Winner and their nationality

Runners-up and their nationality

1

Ladies singles

Sreeja Akula (India)

Yiji Ding (China)

2

Men's singles

Dimitrij Ovtcharov (Germany)

Ricardo Walther (Germany)

3

Women's doubles

Sreejas Akula and Archana Kamath (India)

Yashaswini Ghorpade and Diya Chitale (India)

4

Men's doubles

Harmeet Desai and Manav Thakkar (India).

Olajide Omotayo and Azeez Solanke (both Nigerian)

World Table Tennis (WTT)

  • To popularize professional table tennis around the world, the International Table Tennis Federation established the World Table Tennis (WTT) in 2019.
  • The WTT is responsible for organizing tournaments for men's and women's professional table tennis events around the world to popularize the game.
  • The WTT has divided its events into: WTT Series, WTT, Feeder Series and the WTT Youth series.
  • The highest ranked is the WTT Series event, in which the best men's and women's players in the world participate. It is followed by the WTT Feeder Series and at the bottom the WTT Youth series.
  • Within the WTT Series there are two categories of events based on ranking.
  • The highest ranked events include Big Smashes, WTT Finals and WTT Champions.
  • The Contender Series is a level two tournament within the WTT Series. The Contentender series is divided into WTT Star Contender and WTT Contender. WTT Star Contener is a higher ranked event than the WTT Contender.
  • The WTT Feeder Series are designed for promising young players to develop and refine their skills and compete globally before progressing to the highest levels of the sport.
  • The WTT Youth series for junior and promising table tennis players.

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