Age: 24 Years
Father: Pravin Akula
|Profession||Table Tennis Player|
|Famous For||Winning a gold medal at the 2022 Commonwealth Games|
|Physical Stats & More|
|Height (approx.)||in centimeters– 162 cm
in meters– 1.62 m
in feet & inches– 5’ 4”
|Weight (approx.)||in kilograms– 55 kg
in pounds– 121 lbs
International Ranking– 68 (as of 2022)
National Ranking– 1 (as of 2022)
|Date of Birth||31 July 1998 (Friday)|
|Age (as of 2022)||24 Years|
|Birthplace||Andhra Pradesh, India (now Telangana)|
|Hometown||Hyderabad, Telangana, India|
|School||Rosary Convent High School|
|College/University||Badruka College of Arts & Commerce
Badruka Junior College
|Educational Qualification||She completed her graduation from Badruka College of Arts & Commerce|
Father– Pravin Akula
Mother– Sai Sudha
|Siblings||Sister– Ravali Akula (elder,table tennis player)|
Some Lesser Known Facts About Sreeja Akula
- Sreeja Akula is an Indian table tennis player. In August 2022, she made the headline after clinching a gold medal at the 2022 Commonwealth Games, held in Birmingham, the United Kingdom.
- According to Sreeja Akula, she was inspired to play table tennis by her elder sister. In an interview, she said,
As a child, a young one… I used to watch my elder sister participate in table tennis championships and win them. That is when I decided to follow her footsteps and become a pro table tennis player.”
- In 2013, Sreeja Akula participated in the Junior and Youth National Table Tennis Championships, where she bagged a silver medal.
- In 2018, Sreeja Akula participated in and won the National Ranking Championships (North Zone), in New Delhi. There, she won the Youth Title by defeating Saleendeepthi, a Tamil Nadu paddler, by a margin of 4-2.
Sreeja Akula after winning a trophy at the National Ranking Championships (North Zone)
- In the same year, Sreeja Akula joined the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) through sports quota, and she has represented the organisation in several national-level competitions.
- In 2019, Sreeja Akula participated in the National Ranking (West Zone) Table Tennis Championships at Thane.
- In 2020, Sreeja Akula took part in the National Ranking Table Tennis Championship (North Zone) which was held in Sonipat, Haryana. There, she emerged victorious.
- In 2020, Sreeja Akula participated in and won a bronze medal at the UTT 82nd Cadet & Sub-Junior National Table Tennis Championships. The championships were organised by the Table Tennis Federation of India (TTFI).
Sreeja Akula after winning a bronze medal at the UTT 82nd Cadet & Sub-Junior National Table Tennis Championships
- In 2021, Sreeja Akula participated in and won a bronze medal in the women’s doubles event at the 2021 World Table Tennis Championship, held in Doha, Qatar.
- In April 2022, Sreeja Akula participated in and won the 83rd Senior National Table Tennis Championship. There, she defeated Mouma Das, a paddler from West Bengal. Sreeja became the second table tennis player from Telangana to win a national title after Mir Khasim Ali, who became the first national champion from the state in 1968. Telangana Today While giving an interview, she said,
I am very delighted. I still ca not believe I won the national title. I did not expect to win. But I did work hard for this. I want to dedicate this to my coaches Somnath Ghosh and fitness coach Hirak Bagchi. I have been training with Somnath sir for over ten years and waiting for this moment. All the matches were tough. But I maintained focus. The semifinal clash (Ayhika Mukherjee) was the toughest match I played.”
Sreeja Akula with her coach (left) after winning the 83rd Senior Table Tennis Championship
- In the same year, Sreeja Akula took part in the first-ever Women’s National Table Tennis Championship, where she clinched a gold medal. The competition took place in Telangana.
Sreeja Akula after winning Telangana’s first ever Women’s National Championship
- At the 2022 Commonwealth Games, Sreeja Akula was defeated by the Australian paddler named Yangzi Liu by a close margin of 3-4. Sreeja was defeated in the women’s singles event.
- In August 2022, Sreeja Akula won a gold medal with Achanta Sharath Kamal in the mixed doubles event. The duo defeated their Malaysian rivals by a margin of 3-1.
Sreeja Akula with Sharath Kamal during her match at the 2022 Commonwealth Games
Sreeja Akula with Sharath Kamal after clinching a gold medal at the 2022 Commonwealth Games