Ultimate Table Tennis: Shazé Challengers crushes RP-SG Mavericks to reach semis

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Mumbai: In Mumbai on Thursday Shaze Challengers crushed RP-SG Mavericks 15-12 in the ending league tie of CEAT Ultimate Table Tennis (UTT) at the NSCI to reach the knockouts of the nation’s newest sports league. Falcons TTC finished over the six-group League table with 78 points, followed by Shaze Challengers (73), Dabang Smashers TTC (69), DHFL Maharashtra United (64), Oilmax Stag Yoddhas (61) and RP-SG Mavericks (60).

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Falcons TTC will take DHFL Maharashtra United on Friday in the first semifinal and Shaze Challengers will meet Dabang Smashers TTC in the second semifinal on Saturday. The last will be hung on Sunday. In the knockouts, groups will play just up to such time that one group is victor, having secured 14 focuses. RP-SG Mavericks opened with a 2-1 win after Indian expert A Sharath Kamal put it past Croatian world No 46 Andrej Gacina (Shaze Challengers) 11-7, 1-11, 11-7 in the men’s singles (Foreign v Indian).

German Sabine Winter made it 4-2 for RP-SG Mavericks by winning the initial two amusements in the ladies’ singles (Foreign v Indian) against Mouma Das yet the 135-positioned Bengal young lady pulled one back to score Shaze Challengers’ second point. Next up was blended duplicates (Foreign/Indian combine) which RP-SG Mavericks’ match of Sharath Kamal/Sofia Polcanova won 2-1 (11-7, 11-5, 9-11) however Li Ping and Mouma Das picked a critical point for Shaze Challengers by winning the third diversion, even as RP-SG Mavericks drove 6-3.

Austrian Stefan Fegerl stretched out RP-SG Mavericks’ prompt 8-4 with a 2-1 (2-11, 11-7, 11-8) prevail upon Gacina in the men’s singles (Foreign player classification). Winter won her second trip of the day when she beat kindred German Petrissa Solja 2-1 (11-10, 4-11, 11-6) in the ladies’ singles (Foreign player class) as RP-SG Mavericks moved to an instructing 10-5 lead. Soumyajit Ghosh at that point recorded Shaze Challengers’ initially win of the day when he energized to beat Fegerl 2-1 (9-11, 11-10, 11-8) in the men’s singles (Foreign v Indian) to decrease his group’s edge of shortfall to 7-11.

China-conceived German world No 9 Han Ying forgot about 17-year-old Archana Girish Kamath, positioned 217 on the planet, 3-0 (11-5, 11-6, 11-4) to enable limit Shaze Challengers’ shortfall to down to one point (10-11).

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China-conceived Qatar world No 42 Li Ping beat Portuguese world No 31 Tiago Apolonia 3-0 (11-4, 11-9, 11-10) in the men’s singles (Foreign player class) as Shaze Challengers led the pack without precedent for the tie, at 13-11. Han Ying at that point won her second match of the day when she beat Austrian Sofia Polcanova in the ladies’ singles (Foreign player class) 2-1 (11-3, 11-7, 10-11) to seal the tie for Shaze Challengers.

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