MARGAO: The Tennis Courts at Fatorda Margao were abuzz with excitement as the 3rd National Ranking Pickleball Tournament 2023 continued with remarkable matches on its second day. Organized by the Goa Pickleball Association in collaboration with the All India Pickleball Association (AIPA) and supported by the Directorate of Sports and Youth Affairs and the Sports Authority of Goa, the event showcased the incredible talent and fierce competition.
The highlight of the day was the outstanding performance of Sneha Patil from Maharashtra, who secured an impressive double Gold. Sneha Patil’s exceptional skills and determination were on full display as she triumphed in the Women’s Doubles category alongside Vrushali Thakare. Sneha’s prowess continued in the 19 and Under Girls Singles, where the Asian Gold medalist clinched another Gold medal. Stavya Bhasin won a Gold and a Silver in the 14 and 19 and under age groups, respectively. Aditi Singh, Divyanshu Kotaria and Sandip Tawade were the other notable winners of the day.
Adding to the home-state pride, Goa’s Noel Noronha, a former State Table Tennis champion, showcased his exceptional talent and determination in the Men’s Singles 50+ category, winning the Silver medal. Noel’s remarkable performance thrilled the local crowd and demonstrated his exceptional all-around skills and abilities. Former National Table Tennis champion Isha Lakhani emerged Silver medal winner in Women’s Doubles.
Maharashtra dominated the events on the opening two days, as they secured the majority of Gold medals. Additionally, states such as Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, and Goa also displayed their prowess and emerged among the medal winners. The 3rd National Ranking Pickleball Tournament 2023 will conclude on Sunday, May 21, promising more thrilling matches and exceptional displays of talent. The tournament has been a true celebration of the sport, fostering camaraderie and sportsmanship among participants from across the country.