Harmeet Desai, the talented Indian table tennis player, is undoubtedly one of the best players who is rising up the rankings fast. With his exceptional attacking skills, serves, determination, and passion for the game, Desai has risen through the ranks and become a prominent figure in the international table tennis scene. Currently(Dated 24 July 2023) India’s rank no 1 and WTT rank 64 is doing his best in UTT(Ultimate Table Tennis) League in India.
In the recent tournaments, the 29-year-old got the better off three top 30 singles players in the African and European legs.
WTT Contender Lagos 2023 - In that tournament, Harmeet, then WR-134, defeated WR-12 Jang Woojin of South Korea at the WTT Contender Lagos and eventually reached the semi-finals before losing to Tokyo Olympics bronze medallist Dimitrij Ovtcharov.
I was waiting for this moment for a long time and have been working really hard for the past few years. Back of my mind, I always knew this moment will come and it arrived in Nigeria at the World Contender series. In the African and European leg, I beat three top 30 players – in which one was WR-12 from South Korea. Overall, it was quite good and also gave me a lot of confidence for the upcoming meets.
- Harmeet Desai
WTT Contender Tunis 2023 - Harmeet Desai defeats WR-11 and 3rd seed 🇰🇷 Lim Jonghoon in a 5️⃣-set thriller at the WTT Contender Tunis 2023. 🏓India’s 🇮🇳 Desai wins 11-9, 7-11, 7-11, 11-7, 11-9
Despite being the number 1 player in India, Harmeet Desai is not participating as singles player in Asian games 2023 as the team was announced when Harmeet was not Indian Men’s rank #1 player at that time. To be honest, this is a bit unfair to the player. Currently Sathiyan and Sharath kamal will participate as singles entry from India.
“In their statement, the TTFI have said they chose the singles players based on individuals’ reputation, experience and world ranking points. It’s going to be my third Asian Games and I’ve been playing at the highest level for India for quite a few years so in terms of reputation and experience, there’s no problem there. In terms of ranking points, I’m the top-ranked player in domestic tournaments, and the highest-ranked Indian in world rankings. So I don’t see why I shouldn’t play singles,”
- Harmeet Desai told The Indian Express. Link
Harmeet Desai was born on July 13, 1993, in Surat, Gujarat, India. From a young age, he displayed an aptitude for sports and quickly fell in love with table tennis. Encouraged by his family, he began honing his skills and showing immense promise in local tournaments. It wasn’t long before he caught the attention of coaches and selectors, who recognized his potential and started grooming him for greater success.
Desai’s journey to success has been marked by several noteworthy achievements. One of his earliest breakthroughs came in 2012 when he won the Men’s Singles gold medal at the ITTF World Tour in Brazil. This victory served as a testament to his talent and signaled the arrival of a rising star in the table tennis world.
In the subsequent years, Harmeet Desai continued to make his mark on the international stage. He represented India in various prestigious tournaments, including the Commonwealth Games and the Asian Games, where he contributed significantly to the team’s successes. His consistent performances and ability to handle pressure showcased his maturity as a player.
Desai is known for his aggressive playing style. He possesses excellent footwork and a powerful forehand, which often catches opponents off guard. His ability to execute deceptive shots and find gaps in the opponent’s defense has earned him numerous crucial points during critical matches.
Furthermore, his dedication to physical fitness and mental preparation has played a pivotal role in his success. Desai’s resilience and calm demeanor on the table have helped him overcome tough challenges and stage remarkable comebacks.
Like every athlete, Harmeet Desai has faced his fair share of challenges. Injuries and tough losses have tested his resolve, but each time he has come back stronger. His journey has been a testament to the importance of perseverance and hard work in achieving greatness.
Looking ahead, Desai aims to climb higher in the world rankings and win medals for India in major international events, including the Olympics. He also aspires to inspire the younger generation of table tennis enthusiasts in India and promote the sport’s growth across the country.
Beyond table tennis, Harmeet Desai is known for his humble and down-to-earth personality. He actively engages with fans and is a role model for aspiring athletes, teaching them the value of discipline and dedication. When he is not competing or training, Desai enjoys spending time with family and friends, as well as pursuing other interests like music and reading.
Harmeet Desai’s journey from a young boy with a dream to an accomplished table tennis player is truly inspiring. His dedication, passion, and unwavering spirit have brought him numerous accolades and made him a beloved figure in Indian sports. As he continues to make strides in his career, there’s no doubt that he will leave a lasting legacy in the world of table tennis and serve as an inspiration for generations to come.
Good luck to Harmeet Desai for the future, he is making India Proud.