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Blame Serena Williams’s inexplicable double faults at the root of her defeat in the US Open finals, but don’t deny credit to Bianca And­reescu for grabbing and nailing them in. Does the teenager take it easy though, or is she pounding balls on concrete courts, melting the catgut on her racquets? Oh cousin, look right, and be assured. Yes she does, as the clouds and sea and rocks are aching to testify.

Achanta Sharath Kamal of Chennai Lions celebrates after winning a match against U-Mumba TT of the Ultimate Table Tennis League, at Thayagraj Stadium in New Delhi.

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India's G Sathiyan and Archana G Kamat pose with their medals after winning the mix-doubles finals at 21st Commonwealth TT Championship in Cuttack.

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India's Manika Batra serves to Malaysia's Ying Ho during her match at 21st Commonwealth TT Championship in Cuttack.

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Table tennis player Manika Batra shows her finger marked with indelible ink at a polling station during the sixth phase of Lok Sabha polls, in New Delhi

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Indian table tennis player Manika Batra during a function, in New Delhi.

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Table tennis players Harmeet Desai and Manav Thakkar being welcomed by their family and supporters in Ahmedabad.

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Achanta Sharath Kamal, right, and Batra Manika, left, of India stand with bronze medals during victory ceremonies mixed doubles table tennis at the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia.

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India's Achantab Sharath and Manika Batra during the mixed-double table tennis match against Korea in the 18th Asian Games 2018 in Jakarta.

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India's AA Amalraj and MS Patkar during the mixed-double table tennis match against Hong Kong in 18th Asian Games 2018, in Jakarta.

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Indian men's Table tennis team and bronze medal winner during the victory ceremony of Table tennis team event in 18th Asian Games 2018, in Jakarta, Indonesia.

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Bronze medal winners India's Men's Table Tennis team during the medals ceremony at the 18th Asian Games 2018, in Jakarta, Indonesia.

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India's Sathiyan Gnanasekaran during their semi-final match against South Korea at the men's team table tennis at the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia.

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Sathiyan Gnanasekaran and Harmeet Desai (right) of India play Malaysia in the men’s quater-finals at the CWG in Gold Coast

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Manika Batra, the new face of Indian table tennis

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She won the country four medals, including four precious gold, impressing everyone with talent, poise, heart and indomitable comebacks.... An athlete often needs props to egg her on—the cheering audience, a personal keepsake. Manika Batra, our one undisputed star from the CWG, painted her nails tricoloured as she chopped and placed and smashed at will. To call her ‘hypernationalist’ again shows up the stench from the garbage that is soc­ial media.

Table Tennis players Mouma Das and Sutirtha Mukherjee (R) being welcomed on their arrival at NSCBI Airport in Kolkata after winning Commonwealth Games medals.

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India's Manika Batra and M Das show their silver medals at the medal ceremony of Table Tennis women's doubles event at the Commonwealth Games 2018 in Gold Coast, Australia.

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Members of Indian women's Table Tennis team pose for a photo after a gold medal win during Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast.

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India's Manika Batra plays a return while playing Charlotte Carey of Wales during their women's team match the 2018 Commonwealth Games at the Oxenford Studios on the Gold Coast, Australia.

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India's Mouma Das plays a return to Chloe Thomas of Wales during their women's team match the 2018 Commonwealth Games at the Oxenford Studios on the Gold Coast, Australia.

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Switzerland's Roger #Federer kisses the Norman Brookes Challenge Cup after winning the men's singles final at the Australian Open against Croatia's Marin Cilic in #Melbourne, #Australia.

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Hungary's Timea Babos, rear, and partner France's Kristina Mladenovic pose for a photo with their trophy after they defeated Russia's Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina in the women's doubles final at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia.

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Spain's Rafael Nadal celebrates a point win against Croatia's Marin Cilic during their quarterfinal at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia.

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Falcons TTC player Liam Pitchford in action during CEAT Ultimate Table Tennis finals against Shaze Challengers player Andrej Gacina in Mumbai.

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Table Tennis players Archana Kamath, Natalia Partyka, Industrialist Nita Ambani, Kim Song I and Sharath Kamal Achanta during CEAT Ultimate Table Tennis in Mumbai.

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Serbia's Novak Djokovic returns the ball to Czech Republic's Adam Pavlasek during their Men's Singles Match on day four at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships, in London.

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Czech Republic's tennis player Petra Kvitova holds a statement for media in Prague, Czech Republic. Two-time Wimbledon champion was injured Tuesday Dec. 20, 2016 when a knife-wielding intruder attacked her at her home in the town of Prostejov. Kvitova underwent nearly four hour surgery on her left hand.

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Egypt's Ibrahim Hamadtou plays Germany's Thoma Rau in a men's table tennis event during the Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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India's Manika Batra returns a shot to Poland's Katarzyna Grzybowska-Franc during their table tennis match at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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Achanta Sharath Kamal of India plays against Adrian Crisan of Romania during their table tennis match at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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Soumyajit Ghosh of India competes against Padasak Tanviriyavechakul of Thailand during their men's table tennis match at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro , Brazil.

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The Indian table tennis team at the Olympic Games Village in Rio on Monday.

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Egyptian Para Table Tennis champion Ibrahim Hamato returns a shot during his exhibition match ahead of the finals of the World Team Table Tennis Championship in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

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Angelique Kerber of Germany reacts after defeating Serena Williams of the United States 6-4 3-6 6-4, in the women's singles final at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia.

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India's Ankita Das returns a ball against Hong Kong's Ng Wing Nam during their women's single table tennis match at the 17th Incheon Asian Games in Suwon, South Korea.

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Naina Jaiswal, winner of singles title in the South Asian Cadet and junior championship held in Pakistan, at a felicitation function in Hyderabad.

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Sharath Kamal Achanta of India plays a return to Jian Zhan of Singapore during their men's singles table tennis semifinal match the Scotstoun centre at the Commonwealth Games Glasgow 2014, in Glasgow, Scotland.

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Silver medallist India's Sharath Kamal Achanta and Amalraj Anthony Arputharaj pose for photographs after the Men's Doubles Table Tennis final match during the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland.

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Veteran Achanta Sharath Kamal and Anthony Amalraj picked up the silver medal in the men's doubles table tennis after they lost 1-3 to Singapore's Hu Li and Ning Gao in the title clash of the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland. Sharath, three-time Commonwealth Games gold medallist, and Amalraj lost 111-8, 7-11, 9-11, 5-11 in 33 minutes to the Singaporean pair at the Scotstoun Sports Campus.

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India's Sharat Kamal Achanta celebrates after defeating Singapore's Jian Zhan and Zi Yang in the Men's Doubles Table tennis semi-final at Hampden Park Stadium during the Commonwealth Games 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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India's Madhurika Sushas Patkar and Shamini Kumaresan serve to New Zealand's Yang Sun, left, and Karen Li during their women's doubles table tennis quarterfinal match at the Scotstoun sports center in Glasgow, Scotland.

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Venus Williams serves to Anna Schmiedlova of Slovakia, at the Sony Open tennis tournament in Key Biscayne, Florida. Williams defeated Schmiedlova 6-3, 6-3.

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Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France jumps in celebration after defeating Florian Mayer of Germany during the singles quarterfinal match of the Shanghai Masters tennis tournament at Qizhong Forest Sports City Tennis Center in Shanghai, China. Tsonga won 6-2, 6-3.

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Zhuang Zedong, 73, ’60s Chinese table-tennis wiz whose tie-up with a US player led to ‘ping-pong diplomacy’, Richard Nixon’s 1972 visit to China and eventual thawing of Cold War relations.

Men's Singles winner Soumyajit Ghosh and Women’s Singles winner K Shamini of 74th Senior National Table Tennis Championship pose with their trophies in Raipur.

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Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh N.Kiran Kumar Reddy plays a shot at the inauguration of the 10th World Junior Table Tennis Championships at Gachibowli indoor stadium in Hyderabad.

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Andy Murray, of Britain, reacts after breaking the serve of Milos Raonic, of Canada, during a match at the U.S. Open tennis tournament, in New York.

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Tennis doubles duo MAHESH BHUPATHI, ROHAN BOPANNA from Davis Cup team for their revolt against Paes. After Olympics flop show, they made Cincinnati Masters final.

Shareholders watch as Warren Buffett, chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, deploys an oversize bat against table tennis prodigy Ariel Hsing in Omaha.

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President Pratibha Devisingh Patil plays table tennis during a visit to M.J. College in Jalgaon.

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U.S. President Barack Obama and Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron play table tennis at Globe Academy, in south London. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama traded-in Irish charm for the pomp and pageantry of Buckingham Palace as they-day opened a state visit to Britain at the invitation of Queen Elizabeth II.

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Nodira Burkhankhodjaeva of Uzbekistan serves during her women's singles Table Tennis match at the 16th Asian Games in Guangzhou, China.

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India's Roy Soumyadeep serves to fellow countryman Sharat Kamal Achanta in the men's table tennis final for the bronze medal during the Commonwealth Games at the Yamuna Sports Complex in New Delhi. Achanta beat Soumyadeep and won the bronze medal.

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From left, Singapore's Gao Ning, silver, Yang Zi, gold, and India's Sharat Kamal Achanta, bronze show their medals in the men's single table tennis during the Commonwealth Games at the Yamuna Sports Complex in New Delhi.

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Singapore's Sun Beibei, left, backed by teammate Li Jiawei, serves to win the gold medal in the women's double table tennis final during the Commonwealth Games at the Yamuna Sports Complex in New Delhi.

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India's Mouma Das backed by teammate Poulomo Ghatak, serves a ball on their way to winning the bronze medal against Australia in the women's double table tennis during the Commonwealth Games at the Yamuna Sports Complex in New Delhi.

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Singapore's Sun Beibei, right, and teammate Li Jiawei show their gold medals in the women's double table tennis during the Commonwealth Games at the Yamuna Sports Complex in New Delhi.

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India's Poulomo Ghatak, left, and Mouma Das show their bronze medals in the women's double table tennis during the Commonwealth Games at the Yamuna Sports Complex in New Delhi.

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India's Sharath Kamal Achanta hugs Subhajit Saha after defeating Singaporean pair to win the gold in the men's table tennis doubles finals during the Commonwealth Games at the Yamuna Sports Complex in New Delhi.

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India's Sharath Kamal Achanta cries while the national anthem is being played after winning the gold medals with teammate Subhajit Sahathe in the men's table tennis doubles during the Commonwealth Games at the Yamuna Sports Complex in New Delhi.

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India's Sharath Kamal Achanta, left, and Subhajit Sahathe kiss the gold medals they won in the men's table tennis doubles during the Commonwealth Games at the Yamuna Sports Complex in New Delhi.

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Sharath Kamal Achata serves against Singapore's Liang Ma in their men's table tennis singles quaterfinals during Commonwealth Games at the Yamuna Sports Complex in New Delhi. Yang won the Game.

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Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah inaugurates the 17th J&K Bank Veteran National Table Tennis Championship in Jammu.

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Poland's Li Qian focuses the ball during her women's singles fourth round match against Veronika Pavlovich from Belarus during the individual competition of the Table Tennis European Championships in Stuttgart, Germany.

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