Pune: World No. 159 Archana Kamath shocked Suthasini Sawettabut in an thrilling contest as Puneri Paltan Desk Tennis beat Goa Challengers 8-7 to register their first victory within the IndianOil Final Desk Tennis Season 4 on the Shiv Chhatrapati Sports activities Advanced, Mahalunge-Balewadi in Pune on Monday.
The Karnataka-based paddler took an early lead as she performed correct forehands to shock World No. 39 Suthasini. Archana didn’t lose momentum and took the primary sport by 11-6 earlier than bringing her A sport to the desk and profitable the second sport by 11-8 and the tie for Puneri Paltan Desk Tennis. She misplaced the third sport 6-11 however secured victory for her franchise.
The franchise-based league, promoted by Niraj Bajaj and Vita Dani beneath the auspices of the Desk Tennis Federation of India (TTFI), has been a game-changer for Indian desk tennis since its inception in 2017.
Goa Challengers’ Harmeet confronted Manush within the first match (Males’s Singles) of the tie and earned three invaluable group factors for his franchise.
Each Gujarat-based paddlers went toe to toe from the start of the tie and performed with attacking intent to collect factors. The primary sport went within the favour of Harmeet 11-10 via a golden level.
The World No. 65 saved his nerve within the second sport regardless of falling behind Manush early on. Harmeet diminished the three-point deficit with ease earlier than profitable the sport by 11-9. The third sport was additionally determined via a golden level the place the Goa Challengers’ paddler used his swift moments to good impact and registered a win to place his franchise in a cushty place.
Within the second match (Girls’s Singles) of the tie, Reeth Tennison defeated Hana Matelova by 2-1 to increase Goa Challengers’ result in 5-1.
The Czech paddler fully dominated the primary sport as she beat Reeth by 11-3 earlier than the Indian participant made a comeback within the tie and took the second sport via golden level. The third sport noticed Reeth at her imperious greatest as she registered an 11-3 win to place her franchise in a cushty place within the tie.
Manush and Hana beat Harmeet and Suthasini Sawettabut within the third match (Blended Doubles) of the tie by 3-0 to convey Puneri Paltan Desk Tennis again into the competition and cut back the deficit to 5-4.
The pair of Manush and Hana appeared in full management of the match as they took the primary sport via a golden level earlier than profitable the second by 11-3. The third sport additionally went within the favour of Manush and Hana by 11-7 as they introduced their franchise again into the tie.
World No. 23 Omar Assar went into the fourth match (Males’s Singles) of the tie in opposition to Alvaro Robles with constructive intent. He gained it by 2-1 to convey the tie to 6-6 and gave Puneri Paltan Desk Tennis a shot at victory.
The Egyptian paddler misplaced the primary sport via a golden level. Nevertheless, he got here again with a bang as he performed exact photographs and beat Robles in lengthy rallies to take the second sport by 11-5 earlier than profitable the third by 11-9.
All of the Season 4 ties begin at 7.30 PM with broadcast on Sports activities 18 and streamed on JioCinema. The tickets can be out there on BookMyShow.
Puneri Paltan TT 8-7 Goa Challengers
Manush Shah 0-3 Harmeet Desai (10-11, Sept. 11, 10-11)
Hana Matelova 1-2 Reeth Tennison (11-3, 10-11, 3-11)
Manush/Hana 3-0 Harmeet/Suthasini (11-10, 11-3, 11-7)
Omar Assar 2-1 Alvaro Robles (10-11, 11-5, 11-9)
Archana Kamath 2-1 Suthasini Sawettabut (11-6, 11-8, 6-11)