Indian paddler Sutirtha Mukherjee rose to a new personal high on Friday when she broke into the top-100 of the ITTF world rankings for the first time in her career. She climbed 14 places to a career-best 95th position.

“I feel great [to break into top-100]. I was quite far back in the international rankings and my initial aim was to break this barrier and I am happy to have finally achieved that. I have been playing really well,” the elated Sutirtha told Sportstar.

“My next aim is to break into the top-50. I am taking it step by step. I have to continue working harder and playing better each day,” she declared.

Breaking into the top 50 will be tough and the Bengal paddler is fully aware of the challenge. Ever since the points system changed, more top players have been increasingly taking part in World Tour events. That has resulted in frequent and tougher competition besides…

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