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UTT | Anthony Amalraj and Elizabeta Samara lift Maharashtra United to second spot

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UTT | Anthony Amalraj and Elizabeta Samara lift Maharashtra United to second spot

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SportsCafe Desk

06/24/2018

Anthony Amalraj and Elizabeta Samara lifted Maharashtra United from the bottom of the table to the second position with crucial victories in the Ultimate Table Tennis in New Delhi. Samara scored wins in both of her singles matches while Amalraj pulled off a great win against Cedric Nuytinck.

Anthony Amalraj and Elizabeta Samara recorded nerve-wracking victories to move Maharashtra United to the second position in the Ultimate Table Tennis in New Delhi on Saturday. Earlier, Maharashtra United were placed at the bottom of the table, but victory against Dabang Smashers helped them turn around their campaign. 

Down 2-7 in the tie against table toppers Dabang Smashers, captain Joao Monteiro of Portugal led the fightback, scoring an upset 2-1 win over World No. 27 Yoshida Masaki. Amalraj then rode on the momentum to pull off a sensational 3-0 win over Belgium’s Cedric Nuytinck.

Samara, however, was the star performer for United, posting victories in both her singles matches. The World No. 19 first overcame 17-year-old Adriana Diaz of Puerto Rico 2-1 and then beat local favourite and India’s poster girl Manika Batra 3-0 to give United a well-deserved 12-9 win.

Earlier, cheered on by a houseful crowd, World No. 28 Mori set the ball rolling for the Smashers, trouncing India’s Madhurika Patkar 3-0 (11-4, 11-8, 11-9) in a one-sided contest. Sathiyan then picked up a crucial point against a much higher-ranked Kristian Karlsson and set up a 3-0 victory in the mixed doubles match along with Mori.

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