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At 10, Neil Mulye strikes success at Pune district ranking table tennis

The Class V student was knocked out in first district ranking tournament final held in May after winning titles in previous season

pune Updated: Jun 13, 2017 14:32 IST
Ashish Phadnis
Ashish Phadnis
Hindustan Times, Pune
Neil Mulye,Table Tennis,Pune
Neil Mulye after winning the second district table tennis tournament in Pune on Monday(HT PHOTO)

Young paddler Neil Mulye put himself back on track with cadet boys’ titled Friendship Cup 2nd District Ranking Table Tennis Tournament on Sunday.

The tournament is organised by Vibrant Table Tennis Academy at Symbiosis Sports Centre. Neil, who had won all district ranking titles previous season, was knocked out in the final of the first district ranking tournament held in May.“He was really disturbed after losing the first tournament of the season. So, he worked hard for several days on his game for this second tournament and received the expected results,” said Upendra Muley, father and coach of Neil. Upendra himself is a regular veteran player and has been winning titles at the district and state level tournaments.

In the final, second seeded Neil edged out fifth seed Daksha Jadhav in a hard-fought encounter. Neil won the first game 11-7, but Daksha soon equalised the scores with 11-6 win in the second. Neil again raced to 2-1 lead with 11-7 win and was enjoying a 8-6 lead in the fourth game. However, in a hurry to finish the game quickly, he got little restless and Daksha seized the opportunity. With some accurate shots, he calmly took the match into decider.

In the last game, both paddlers were going equally strong. Neil was trying to overpower his opponent with some good forehand topspins, while Daksha, who had stunned top seed Vedang Joshi in the semis, replied with quick reflexes and accurate placing. In the end it was Neil, who managed to score two points in-a-row to win the game and the title.“Last year in the state ranking tournament, he had lost to Daksha with 10-8 lead. So, he was little nervous and was almost on the verge of crying. However, I advised him to play calmly and focus on the game, than points,” said Upendra.Neil is standard V student of Abhinav English School and trains at PYC Hindu Gymkhana.

Meanwhile, in cadet girls’ final, top seed had a comfortable 11-5, 11-6, 9-11, 11-7 win over Devyani Kulkarni (2nd seed). However, Devyani got a berth in the champion’s list, as she won midget girls’ title. In the final, she defeated Jhanhavi Phanse 11-8, 11-7, 11-4. In the midget boys’ final, top seed Parth Deshpande defeated Swaroop Bhadalkar (2nd seed) 7-11, 11-8, 11-6, 11-5.


Boys (midget; U10) Final: Parth Deshpande bt Swaroop Bhadalkar 7-11, 11-8, 11-6, 11-5; (S/F) Parth Deshpande bt Pranav Gholkar 4-11, 11-8, 11-9, 12-10; Swaroop Bhadalkar bt Darsh Bhide 11-0, 16-14, 10-12, 11-6.

Cadet (U12) Final: Neil Mulye bt Daksha Jadhav 11-7, 6-11, 11-7, 8-11, 13-11; (S/F) Daksha Jadhav bt Vedang Joshi 12-10, 11-8, 11-9; Neil Mulye bt Samyak Motling 11-9, 11-3, 11-6.

Girls (midget) Final: Devyani Kulkarni bt Jhanhavi Phanse 11-8, 11-7, 11-4; (S/F) Devyani Kulkarni bt Nidhi Bhandarkar 11-5, 11-2, 11-4; Jhanhavi Phanse bt Nabha Kirkole 11-6, 11-6, 11-3.

Cadet final: Prutha Vartikar bt Devyani Kulkarni 11-5, 11-6, 9-11, 11-7; (S/F) Prutha Vartikar bt Radhika Sakpal 11-6, 11-6, 11-5; Devyani Kulkarni bt Anandita Lunawat 11-7, 11-3, 11-8.

First Published: Jun 13, 2017 14:26 IST