Table tennis helps Shaounak strike right balance

“I was not good at my studies. I never took it seriously. But table tennis has improved my concentration.

Shaounak Pawar
Shaounak Pawar of St Blaise (Andheri) during his inter-school table tennis tie. Pic/Bipin Kokate

I now get good grades in exams,” said Shaounak after winning both his ties in the Mumbai Schools Sports Association (MSSA) U-14 inter-school table tennis competition at University Pavilion, Marine Lines yesterday. 

Shaounak, who got a Round One bye, first beat Ronit Khetwani of Bombay Scottish (Mahim) 11-2, 11-3, 11-4 in Round Two. Half-an-hour later in the next match, Shaounak defeated Siddharth Joshi of Jamnabai Narsee (Juhu) 11-7, 11-5, 11-5.

Shaounak was tested in his third round match against Siddharth. The St Blaise lad had to fight hard for each point in the see-saw battle. Siddharth seemed to fizzle out once Shaounak unleashed his top spin. 

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