Yang, Pitchford helps Falcons TTC advances into UTT finals


Mumbai: In Mumbai on Friday Wu Yang and Liam Pitchford both won their matches to help Falcons TTC crushed DHFL Maharashtra United 14-5 in the semi-final of the CEAT Ultimate Table Tennis (UTT) at the NSCI. As per rules the squad reaches the 14-point mark to win the tie. Former in the league stage, Falcons crushed the DHFL Maharashtra United 17-10.

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In the initial match Hong Kong world No. 8 Wong Chun Ting put DHFL Maharashtra United forward with a 2-1 victory ‘foreigner slayer’ Sanil Shetty, graded 201 in the world, in the men’s singles. The loss of the primary match was compensated for by Chinese world No. 13 Wu Yang as she forgot about 279-ranked Pooja Sahasrabudhe Koparkar 3-0 in the ladies’ singles for Falcons TTC to advance 4-2 on focuses.

DHFL Maharashtra United presented Harmeet Desai and Portuguese Fu Yu for the mixed doubles and two pushed out Sanil Shetty and his accomplice Lee Ho Ching 2-1 on their presentation together to lessen their edge of deficit to 4-5. Britain’s Liam Pitchford, in the fourth match of the tie, pulled off a resentful prevail upon Wong Chun Ting 2-1 in the men’s singles (Foreign player classification) to stretch out Falcons TTC’s prompt 7-5.

Pitchford won an urgent tie for his group and it was from here that the fortunes really turned more awful for the DHFL Maharashtra United. Chinese expert Wu Yang won her second excursion of the day as she put it past China-conceived Austrian world No. 22 Liu Jia 3-0 in the ladies’ singles to make Falcons TTC a stride nearer to triumph at 10-5.

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Lui Jia had crushed the Chinese in the last tie between the two groups yet the Wu Yang got her work done work and didn’t let give the world No. 22 any possibility this time around. Liam Pitchford at that point won his second match of the day, defeating Harmeet Desai 3-0 in the men’s singles to move Falcons TTC to 13-5, one point path from triumph.