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2024 San Antonio Winter Tournament Report

Held this past Saturday on 2/10, the San Antonio Winter Giant Round Robin was full of upsets and humidity as a thunderstorm rolled throughout Texas. This was the sweatiest tournament I've been to, both physically and mentally. With the top seeded players over 2000 being automatically advanced to the second round, this left the first round with players around the same skill levels. And the lower seeded players came out with a vengeance, especially those from Austin. Let's look at the points haul from ATTC and the wins they got!

Name

Begin Rating

End Rating

+/-

Vidyut Govindarajan

931

1290

359

Mohit Ganji

1314

1596

282

Anthony Juarbe

1409

1569

160

Hazel Mott

1530

1572

42

Pavlo Savchenko

1629

1649

20

Teddy Bricker

1678

1697

19

Brandon Babot

1371

1384

13

Zhen Chen

1697

1706

9

This is not a typo, Vidyut, the fearless kid challenger of all tables, gained 359 points! Vidyut is a long time junior at ATTC but his game has skyrocketed recently and it showed in this tournament, defeating a 1428 and 1333 in two upsets to get re-rated to almost 1300! We look forward to seeing Vidyut climb even higher this year!


Another Austin junior, Mohit gained a whopping 282 points to hit 1596, beating two 1500s and one 1600 to get there. He also took a 1800 to 5 sets! Coach Shahin said that Mohit's focus in official matches is very good. At this rate, he may challenge the top Austin juniors, and y'all better train even harder!


But the adults at ATTC also raked in the points. With Anthony hitting his personal best at 1569, beating his group's A seed (1702) to do so. I've seen Anthony developed his game diligently with Coach Bato and his forehand is now deadly. Hazel, Teddy and Brandon are all getting closer to their previous peak ratings and defeated opponents higher rated than them.


But rating points aren't necessarily reflection of skill or performance at a tournament. Getting the trophy at the end matters a lot too. And ATTC represented in the medal department, with Jeremey, Pavlo, Brandon, and Leo making it to the finals of their division. Here's the winners of the tournament:

Event

First Place

Second Place

Shoko Kusuhara

Cyril Mayeux

Albert Felan

Pavlo Savchenko

Anh-Trung Dinh

Akshay Badiyannavar

Jeremey Lopez

Brandon Babot

Richard Nguyen

Leonid Odinokov

Albert Felan / Caleb Dye

Ryan Martin / Christopher Muntz

To end this report, let's focus on one aspect of table tennis we all neglect: the serve. The winner of Division A, Shoko Kusuhara, has a beautiful fluid high toss serve that is often an outright winner. We should learn from her example and get much better serves. It can be tedious, but the results from it are so obvious. I'll see you on the tables.

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