In the Annual Masters TT Championships held in Sonepat, Haryana, in December, team Karnataka brought home a bagful of Medals from 11 age-group events (Men in 40-80 year groups playing Team, Singles, Doubles and Mixed Doubles events and women in 40, 50, 60 and 65 years age groups).
Karnataka players did very well to pick up 13 Medals in the near-perfect playing conditions provided by Haryana Veterans TT Committee at Delhi Public School Indoor Stadium — 6 Gold, 1 Silver and 6 Bronze Medals.
Three Mysuru players who were among the medals winners are: K.V. Krishnamurthy – Gold in 80+ Team and Doubles and Bronze in Singles; Dr. B.R. Sainath Iyer – Gold in 75 year Team and Sushila Devi Pillay – Bronze in 60+ Women Team.
The Mysuru Men players had a repeat performance of last year in Team 80+ and 75+ and 80+ Doubles to get Gold. Women 60+ team was fortunate to win against West Bengal as due to an error their best player, Lathika, got only one match to play in five and at match score 2-2, they had to win the fifth and final match. Sushila won comfortably the final match and Karnataka got into the next round.
Interestingly, all the 11 Karnataka women players who participated in different age groups (Anjana, Dipali, Samina, Anmona, Bhavna, Pradnya, Vaishali, Rajani, Lathika, Sushila and Poornima) managed to get a Medal.
40+ among Veterans is the youngest, powerful and active group and so the jewel in the crown of veteran titles. Karnataka Women 40+ (Anjana, Deepali, Samina and Anmona) won Gold and the title, beating Maharashtra in Final.
Many Karnataka players had won three Medal individual tally. Sathyanarayana, Bengaluru, got the best of all with 3 Golds (80+ Team, Singles and Doubles). Anjana got 2 Golds (40+ W Team and Doubles) and Bronze in Singles. Dipali from Hubbali bagged 2 Golds (40+ Team and Doubles) and Silver in Mixed Doubles. Dipali partnering Anjana got a Gold in Women Doubles and a Silver partnering Shivkumar (Kalaburagi) in Mixed Doubles.