Who is Sutirtha Mukherjee?
Sutirtha Mukherjee is an Indian woman Table Tennis player born on 10th October 1995. She hails from Naihati city of Kolkata in West Bengal. She represents India internationally in Singles and Team events.
Sutirtha Mukherjee Biography, Wiki
Sutirtha Mukherjee was born to Avijith Mukherjee and Nita Mukherjee. She comes from a humble family residing in Naihati city in Kolkata.
Sutirtha was introduced to table tennis at a young age by her mother when she enrolled her daughter in a local table tennis club in Naihati. Her mother, Nita, is an indoor games enthusiast but didn’t play any indoor games due to some unknown reasons. She received her first table tennis training from her childhood coach Mihir Ghosh.
A few years later, as her game developed, Sutirtha moved to Jadavpur and began to train under Soumyadeep Roy, national coach, and Poulami Ghatak. In Jadavpur, under the tutelage of new coaches, Sutirtha’s table tennis career started to evolve. During her training at Jadavpur table tennis academy, she used to stay in a rented apartment, and her mother would often visit her.
She has won the national Table Tennis Championship and also was a part of the Gold medal-winning Indian women’s team at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
She is representing India at the 2020 Summer Olympics.
Sutirtha Mukherjee Wins A Thriller In Her Debut Match
World No. 98 Sutirtha Mukherjee, in her debut Olympic, displayed an impressive performance to knock out Sweden’s higher-ranked Linda Bergström in a 7 game thriller, winning, 11-5, 9-11, 13-11, 11-9, 3-11, 9-11, 5-11. Just after Manika Batra became the first Indian woman to win a table tennis singles match at the Olympics in 29 years, West Bengal’s Sutirtha Mukherjee also joined the club, winning after a dominating performance. With coach Soumyadeep Roy on the sidelines, Sutirtha found inspiration and gave a steady competition to Bergström, especially from the second game, after which there was no stopping the Bengal girl.
Sutirtha Mukherjee Career
Sutirtha Mukherjee’s first career breakthrough came in 2008 when she won the Girls Doubles title with partner Camelia Sil at the Sub-Junior National Table Tennis Championships in Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh. A year later, she became the Sub-Junior National Champion at the tournament held at Chennai.
In 2013, Sutirtha became the Girls’ Singles Champion by defeating compatriot Manika Batra at the South Asian Junior Table Tennis Championships. In 2016, she was crowned as National Champion at the 78th Senior National Table Tennis Championships.
At the 2019 South Asian Games, Sutirtha bagged two Gold medals in Singles and Mixed Doubles with partner Harmeet Desai. In February 2020, she bagged her second National title.
Sutirtha Mukherjee Achievements
Sutirtha Mukherjee made her international debut at the 2013 Junior ITTF Open in Slovakia, where she bagged three titles in Girls’ Singles, Doubles, and Team events. That year, she made her senior-level debut at the Asian Table Tennis Championships, followed by the Australian Open and Korean Open. In December, she participated in the World Junior Table Tennis Championships, where lost in the 1st round of singles and doubles events.
In 2017, Sutirtha Mukherjee competed at the World Table Tennis Championships in Dusseldorf, Germany, and lost in the first round.
At the 2018 Commonwealth Games, Sutirtha was part of the women’s team that won the historic Gold medal by defeating the defending Gold-medalist team Singapore in Gold Coast, Australia. She was close to winning her second medal with her partner Pooja Sahasrabudhe in Women’s Doubles but lost to Malaysia’s Hong Ying and Karen Lyne in the bronze medal match.
In 2019, Sutirtha took part in the Asian Table Tennis Championships in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, and reached the round of 32. That year, she competed at the World Table Tennis Championships and reached the 2nd round, where she lost to Adriana Daiz of Cuba.
In March 2021, Sutirtha qualified for her debut Olympics at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics after she sealed the quota by defeating compatriot Manika Batra at the Asian Olympic Qualifiers in Doha, Qatar.