There is something about the Tau Devi Lal Stadium at Panchkula that brings out the best in S. F. R. Snehit. When this reigning National youth champion last played here in the 2018 North Zone ranking event, he took out Sharath Kamal on this way to the final.

On Monday, fitter-and-stronger Snehit renewed his romance with this classy venue by knocking out third seeded defending champion Harmeet Desai and sixth seed Sushmit Sriram to gatecrash into the semi-finals of the National table tennis championship.

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Even as Snehit, 20, was enjoying his best day in the Nationals, more illustrious names like Sharath Kamal, G. Sathiyan and Manav Thakkar took their allotted spots in the semifinals. Interestingly, the semifinalists won 4-1.

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