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India’s Mudit Dani wins Under-23 table tennis tournament in US

Mudit Dani showed consistent form in the Butterfly Badger Open in Milwaukee, one of United States’ top table tennis tournaments

other sports Updated: Sep 20, 2017 20:20 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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Mumbai lad Mudit Dani has won age-group table tennis tournament in the United States(HT Photo)

Mumbai’s Mudit Dani continued his good run on the world stage, winning the under-23 title in the prestigious 2017 Butterfly Badger Open in Milwaukee, in Wisconsin (United States) on Sunday.

Playing in a highly competitive field in the $16,000 prize money tournament, India’s rising table tennis player Mudit Dani beat Polish-born Wojciech Wolski 9-11, 11-7, 8-11, 12-10, 11-7 in the final to clinch the title, according to a press release.

Fifth-seeded Mudit won all his three group matches in style. He beat Zbigniew Jablonski, Varun Senthilkumar and Jerry Lu in straight games to make it to the knockout stage. He overcame an early hiccup to beat Canada’s James Therriault 10-12, 11-9, 11-9, 12-10.

In the quarters, against Czech Republic’s Janusz Franeczek who had beaten No. 3 seed and highly rated player Peter Yang, Mudit was in devastating form.

Mudit brushed aside Yang 11-6, 11-8, 11-7. He got the better of Lithuania’s Gediminas Mickus 8-11, 11-9, 11-9, 7-11, 11-3 in the semis to set up the final with Wolski.

“I am happy with the way I have been playing over the last few months,” Mudit said after his title triumph.

“The Badger Open was celebrating its 10th year so most of the top US players and a number of other from other countries were there. This win adds to my confidence going forward,” he added.

First Published: Sep 20, 2017 20:19 IST