Delhi women paddlers caused the biggest upset of the tournament with a hard-fought 3-2 victory over defending champions Maharashtra A to qualify for the final of the National Table Tennis Championships here on Tuesday.
Delhi take on Petroleum Sports Promotion Board (PSPB) in the summit clash on Thursday with the latter defeating Tamil Nadu 3-0 in the other semifinal.
In the men's section, PSPB led by Achanta Sharath Kamal, routed Haryana 3-0 in the semifinals to book a berth in the summit clash at the Balbir Juneja Indoor Stadium here in Raipur.
Delhi's turnaround in the women's edge-of-the-seat semifinal was made possible by Neha Aggarwal, who won both her matches against Divya Deshpande and Mamata Prabhu, the crucial fifth rubber after Maharashtra had rallied to equal at 2-2.
Saina to kick off 2013 campaign in Korea
New Delhi: World No.3 Saina Nehwal will start her 2013 campaign with Korea Open on Wednesday, where she takes on Thailand's Sapsiree Taerattanachai in the opening round in Seoul.
Seeded third, Saina is likely to run into upcoming player Inthanon Ratchanok of Thailand in quarterfinals, and a possible showdown with top seed and Olympic gold medallist Li Xuerui of China awaits in the semifinals. Other Indians in the fray are PV Sindhu and P Kashyap.
ONGC Stun East Bengal in I-league
New Delhi: ONGC rode on Japanese recruit Yusa Katsumi's late strike to stun heavyweights East Bengal by a solitary goal in a major upset in the season's I-League on Tuesday.
With this upset, ONGC turned out to be the league's giant-killers, having defeated Dempo and drawn against defending champions Salgaocar, big-spending Prayag United and Mohun Bagan, though the last result has been deleted from the record book after the AIFF banned the green and maroons.
GM Magesh emerges sole leader
New Delhi: Grandmaster P Magesh Chandran continued with his winning ways and outplayed International Master Kirill Kuderinov of Kazakhstan to emerge as sole leader after the fifth round in the 11th Parsvnath International chess festival here on Tuesday.
He has 4.5 points having accounted for second seed Aleksej Alexandrov of Belarus in the previous round.