Sutirtha: I was very confident

Winning the women’s crown at the recently-concluded Senior National Table Tennis Championships hasn’t come as a surprise for Sutirtha Mukherjee.

By A STAFF REPORTER in Calcutta
  • Published 1.02.18
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Sutirtha Mukherjee

Calcutta: Winning the women’s crown at the recently-concluded Senior National Table Tennis Championships hasn’t come as a surprise for Sutirtha Mukherjee.

“I was the India No.1, so winning the women’s singles title hasn’t come as a surprise… I was always confident and there was no pressure involved. Having lost last year’s final also had me very determined to annex the crown,” Sutirtha said on Wednesday.

The 23-year-old from Kankinara is grateful to former national champion Soumyadeep Roy for helping her achieve the mission. “I trained at Soumyadeepda’s academy in Jadavpur for close to a month before the championship and that helped in my preparations. Poulamidi (Ghosh) was also of immense help…

“In the final, I played freely against Monika Batra… I never let her dictate terms and took the upper hand from the outset with an attacking game plan,” said Sutirtha. “I had defeated Monika in the zonal championships at Thane and so there was no dearth of confidence going into the final.”

The success has suddenly helped achieve the status of a star in her hometown. On Wednesday evening, she was felicitated by her club at Kankinara.

Sutirtha will be leaving for Hyderabad on Thursday morning to participate in a camp. “My target is to win medals at Commonwealth Games and Asian Games,” she said.