Shazé Challengers and Falcons TTC were level at 6-all after four matches on day 9 of the CEAT Ultimate Table Tennis (UTT) at the Thyagaraj Stadium on Friday. Ace shooter and India’s only Olympics Gold medalist Abhinav Bindra graces the first day of CEAT UTT in New Delhi.
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World No. 42 Li Ping put Shazé Challengers ahead with a 3-0 (11-7, 11-7, 11-5) win over Maharashtra southpaw Sanil Shetty (Falcons TTC) in the men’s singles (Foreign v Indian), the day’s opening match.
China-born Qatar international Li Ping was in control as he quelled a late challenge from Shetty, ranked 201 in the world, in the opening two games and wrapped up the final game with ease to hand his side full three points.
However, in-form Chinese world No. 13 Wu Yang levelled points for table-toppers Falcons TTC as she brushed aside Mouma Das 3-0 (11-4, 11-2, 11-7) in the women’s singles (Foreign v Indian).
Soumyajit Ghosh/ Petrissa Solja (Germany) got the better of Sanil Shetty/ Lee Ho Ching (HK) (Falcons TTC) 3-0 (11-5, 11-7, 11-10) in the mixed doubles (Indian/ Foreign pair) to put Shazé Challengers back in the lead at 6-3.
Li Ping (Shazé Challengers) retired hurt in the second game against Par Gerell that saw Falcons TTC level it at 6-6 after four games. Five more rounds remain in the ongoing tie.
On Saturday, DHFL Maharashtra United will lock horns with Dabang Smashers TTC in a fourth round tie.
At the end of four matches: Shazé Challengers 6 – 6 Falcons TTC
MS – Li Ping beat Sanil Shetty 3-0 (11-7, 11-7, 11-5)
WS – Mouma Das lost to Wu Yang 0-3 (4-11, 2-11, 7-11)
MD – Petrissa Solja/ Soumyajit Ghosh beat Sanil Shetty/ Lee Ho Ching 3-0 (11-5, 11-7, 11-10)
MS – Li Ping lost to Par Gerell 0-3 (retired hurt)