|Full name||Achanta Sharath Kamal|
12 July 1982 |
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
|Playing style||Right-handed, shakehand grip|
|Highest ranking||39 (August 2010)|
|Height||1.8 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|Weight||82 kg (180 lb; 12.9 st)|
Achanta Sharath Kamal (Telugu: ఆచంట శరత్ కమల్ ) (Tamil: அச்சந்த சரத் கமல்) born on 12 July 1982 is a professional table tennis player from Tamil Nadu India. His mother tongue is Telugu. He won the men's singles gold in the 16th Commonwealth table tennis championship held at Kuala Lumpur in 2004. He is a recipient of the Arjuna award for the year 2004. He lives in Chennai and is employed with the Indian Oil Corporation as an officer. He visits Spain frequently and used to play for a club there called San Sebastian de los Reyes till 2009.
He won the US Open Table Tennis Men's championships held at Grand Rapids, Michigan in July 2010. He won the title defeating the defending champion Thomas Keinath of Slovakia in an epic battle with a final score of 4-3. He also won the 2010 Egypt open table tennis championship beating Li Ching of Hong Kong in straight sets 11-7, 11-9, 11-8, 11-4, thus becoming first Indian to win singles title on the ITTF Pro Tour. He also captained the Indian men's team that won the team title at the same championship by defeating favourites and nine-time champions England.
He also won the gold medal at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, beating crowd favourite Australian William Henzell in the final, apart from helping the Indian team clinch gold in the table tennis team event against Singapore. He teamed up with Subhajit Saha to win the Men's Doubles gold at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in New Delhi.
In the year 2007 he was the First Indian to win the Pyongyong Invitational Tournament held at Pyongyong, North Korea. This was the 21st edition of the tournament which was held in August 2007.His best performance on the world circuit came up in the Japan Pro Tour held in June 2007 where he beat World No.19, Lee Jung Woo (South Korea). After this victory he reached his career best ranking of World No. 73 and in January 2011 his ranking is 40. Incidentally, Sharath was the only Indian Men's Table Tennis player to be selected for the Beijing Olympics.
In the season 2010/2011 he also played in the German major league (Bundesliga) for TSV Graefelfing and has been one of the best players in the league with wins over top players like Christian Süß of Germany. He played for SV Werder Bremen in the 2011/2012 season. In 2013, Sharath will play for Borussia Düsseldorf, the best club in Europe, where he will play alongside the best player in Europe Timo Boll.
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