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Other Sports - 14. May 2013.

New Delhi Form Continued, Neha Aggarwal Makes Impressive Start in Paris

On duty for India in Bremen and Guangzhou, India’s Neha Aggarwal made a successful start to her campaign in the Women’s Singles event at the LIEBHERR World Championships in Paris in the early evening of Monday 13th May 2013.

She beat Mongolia’s Delegerma Mergen in four straight games (11-3, 11-3, 11-3, 11-8), controlling matters from start to finish.

The win reflected the current fine run of form; the 23 year old having the distinction of being the only player at the recent Commonwealth Championships in New Delhi, to beat a player from Singapore.

Not Comfortable Against Long Pimples
“Yes, I beat Zhou Yihan”, reflected Neha Aggarwal. “She’s ranked no.91 in the world, so it was a really good win for me; she wasn’t very comfortable playing against the long pimples.”

Currently Zhou Yihan stands at no.102 on the Women’s World Rankings as opposed to Neha Aggarwal who is at no.428.

The Commonwealth Championships used the World Ranking Lists for April 2013 for seeding purposes; on that list Zhou Yihan was at no.102, Neha Aggarwal at no.430.

Style Seen at Volkswagen World Junior Championships
Neha Aggarwal uses long pimpled rubber on the backhand and reversed rubber on the forehand; she excels close to the table, especially when playing with the backhand over the table.

It is a style quite common amongst India players and was prevalent at the Volkswagen World Junior Championships in New Dehli last December and it is a style that Neha Aggarwal has honed over the years.

ITTF Cadet Challenge 2005
She first came to international notice in November 2005 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic when she represented Asia in the ITTF Cadet Challenge.

On that occasion, lining up alongside Hong Kong’s Lee Ho Ching, Singapore’s Zena Sim and Korea’s Lee Sobong, she secured the silver medal in the Girls’ Team event before with Lee Sobong securing gold in the Girls’ Doubles.

Now it is almost eight years since the rendezvous in the Caribbean and must has changed in that time.

Idyllic System
She has graduated and works for the Bharat Petroleum Company in what is a quite idyllic situation.

In India, companies such as those involved in oil, transport and banks employ those who excel in sport; they are paid a salary to play sport full-time; they represent the company and then when the sporting career has finished they are employed by the company in clerical and administrative roles.

System Works
It is a situation that members of the Indian Team in Paris enjoy; they can play full-time and have no great financial worries.
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