Can Kanak Jha Break Records in Las Vegas?

By Matt Hetherington | May 01, 2019, 11:50 a.m. (ET)


Kanak Jha is setting the bar in US table tennis, one which he continues to push higher and higher for those following in his footsteps. Come July, he will face an opportunity to push that bar even higher, by breaking another of the USA's table tennis records. 

The 2019 US Nationals will be staged in Las Vegas from June 30 - July 5th, and with entries closing in just 3 weeks, Jha is the standout contender again. 

Last year Jha satisfied the goal of winning his third US National Men's singles crown in a row. By completing that feat he joins Sean O'Neill as the only two individuals to have won 3 crowns in succession. O'Neill won the title from 1987-1989, his next crown came in 1991 and thus the streak ended at three.

Jha has the opportunity to set a new record, if he should win a 4th in a row in Las Vegas. 

The 18 year old Youth Olympic Games bronze medalist, who ended his junior career as the top ranked under 18 player in the world, is pushing himself further towards the top in the world of table tennis. Next season he will participate in one of the strongest table tennis leagues in the world, the first division of the German Bundesliga. 

With a current world ranking inside the top 50 men's players in the world he has a strong case for a gold medal in Vegas, though his teammates on the US National team will do their best to push him to the limits. 

Nikhil Kumar, who made the US National final in 2017 will likely be one of the biggest challengers, having pushed Jha in several domestic matches in US competition. Also Nick Tio, who is living in Grenzau with Kanak and competing full time in league and international events, along with Victor Liu and Sharon Alguetti, provide skillful opposition.

We can only wait and see, though Kanak Jha has a track record for delivering satisfaction for all his fans and supporters. 

Maybe you could take him on too, the early entry deadline for the US nationals ends on Monday, enter here now.