Swedish paddler Kristian Karlsson believes that Indian table tennis players have become more competitive now and their performance in the Commonwealth Games has increased their motivation.
“Most Indian players have upped their game and improved a lot this year, and CWG performance has brought their motivation level up which reflects in their good performance in UTT (Ultimate Table Tennis league) too,” Karlsson, who is World no 17, was quoted as saying in a release issued by UTT franchise Maharashtra United.
“They (Indian players) have turned more competitive than earlier,” said Karlsson, who plays for Maharashtra United in the UTT.
Karlsson, who bagged a silver medal at the 2012 European Championships in men’s doubles, also heaped praise on young Indian paddler Sanil Shetty saying that he one of the best players in the country.
“The game against Sanil was a tough one as he is one of the best Indian players and playing against him (in tie 1 in UTT) in front of Indian supporters was challenging too,” Karlsson said.