Archana Kamath

DOB: 17-06-2000

Archana started playing table tennis at the age of 9 years.

She won her first U-12 and also an U -18 State title in 2011, and retained her Karnataka State No 1 Sub-Junior ranking throughout 2012 with some consistent performances. Since 2013 her career graph has seen a very steep rise.

Throughout the year 2013, she remained Number 1 ranked player in Karnataka State in 4 age categories i.e. Sub-Junior Girls (under-15), Junior Girls (under-18), Youth Girls (under-21) and Women’s Singles. She is first player to hold this distinction in the history of the game in Karnataka. At the Karnataka State Ranking Table Tennis Tournaments, in 2013 she won an unprecedented 30 titles in total, across various age categories. She ended the year 2013 on a high by winning National Championship (Singles Gold) and also a Doubles Bronze.

In 2014, she got the opportunities to represent TEAM INDIA in international tournaments [India Open in Goa, China Open in Taicang, South Asian Juniors in Islamabad (Team Gold) and Asian Juniors at Mumbai]. Based on her performance at the Asian Cadet & Junior Championships, she was selected (only Indian) to represent TEAM ASIA at the ITTF World Cadet Challenge in Barbados in Oct 2014. She won a Team Silver medal there, and Archana herself finished in a creditable 9th position in individual event with 3 notable victories over higher ranked players including World No 8 from Brasil. She was also presented ITTF Fair Play Award at the World Cadet Challenge.

In the national circuit, she has done consistently well in 2014 to keep her No 1 ranking among Sub-Junior Girls (3 titles and a runner up position). At the Sub-Junior Nationals at Rajahmundry in December 2014, she won TRIPLE GOLD MEDALS. She successfully defended the Sub-Junior Girls National Champion Title and won Singles Gold Medal. She also won Sub-Junior Girls Doubles Gold Medal and led the Karnataka Sub-Junior Girls Team to their first ever Team Championship Gold Medal thus becoming the first Karnataka Girls Team to win a National Team Championship. Archana has created history by becoming the first TT player from Karnataka to win all the 3 available Gold medals in a National championship.

She also has done exceedingly well in higher age group category of YOUTH GIRLS (Under -21) also this year (1 quarterfinal, 3rd place, 1 runner up finish and 1 title). She is the youngest player to win a U 21 Youth Girls National title in the recent history of the game (she won in Agra in November 2014 at the age of 14 yrs, 5months) and is ranked No 3 nationally in Youth Girls category.

Gold – Under 18 - India Open Junior Premium event
Bronze – Thailand tournament
Silver – Cadet – South Asian Championships
Reached the quarter finals of the World Junior Circuit final – The first ever Indian to do so

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