The paddler from Chennai has actively been trying to rework her game so that she can win more at the international level.
Though she didn’t medal in Birmingham last year, the experience of playing and handling pressure at a major international tournament like the Commonwealth Games will surely help Reeth Rishya Tennison at the upcoming World Table Tennis Championships – her maiden attempt at the biennial event.
The World Championships will be held in Durban from May 20 to 28. It will be the first time in 84 years that the tourney will be held on African soil after Egypt in 1939. The 11-member Indian contingent, comprising five men and six women, will leave for South Africa on May 17.
“The Commonwealth Games was my first major event. I learned a lot through the experience and expectations are on the harder side because it (Worlds) is also a bigger event. I have rectified my mistakes and I know I’ll do better in the World Championships,” the 28-year-old said from Bengaluru where the national training camp for the World Championships is being held. “The world’s top players will be there. I want to cause one or two upsets; that is my target.”
The paddler from Chennai has been making headlines for the last couple of years. In 2021, Reeth became the first Indian woman to win a Pro Tour singles title when she claimed the Ecuador Open. Last year, she made the cut for the Commonwealth Games while this year Reeth won the women’s singles title at the Petroleum inter-unit tournament in April – which comprised almost all top players of the country – before qualifying for her first-ever World Championships.