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First district ranking table tennis: Aneeha wins sub-junior girls title

Aneeha is a Class 9 student of the SPM English Medium School, and trains with Upendra Mulye and Deepti Chaphekar at the PYC Hindu Gymkhana and Sharada Sports Centre. Last year, she had won three titles in the district ranking tournaments. 

pune Updated: May 25, 2018 16:57 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Pune
Pune,First district ranking table tennis,Aneeha D’souza
Aneeha D’souza in action at the first district ranking table tennis tournament at Sharda centre on Thursday.(RAHUL RAUT/HT PHOTO)

Second seed Aneeha D’souza won the sub-junior girls title in the season’s first district ranking table tennis tournament at Sharda Centre on Thursday.

Surprisingly top seed Pritha Vartikar’s challenge came to an end in the semi-finals. Pritha, who had impressed everyone last year by winning almost every tournament, went down to 5th seed Radhika Sakpal.

With this win, Radhika put herself in line for a double crown, as she had already won the cadet girls title on Wednesday. In the summit clash, Radhika started well by winning the first game 11-8, but Aneeha levelled the score with a hard-fought 12-10 win in the second.

Radhika once again gained a lead by winning the third game 11-9, but was nullified by the second seed who scripted a 11-5 win in the fourth game. The decider was quite close and both players tried their best to gain the crucial lead. In the end, it was Aneeha who had the last laugh. She won the match with 8-11,12-10,9-11,11-5,12-10 score.

Aneeha is a Class 9 student of the SPM English Medium School, and trains with Upendra Mulye and Deepti Chaphekar at the PYC Hindu Gymkhana and Sharada Sports Centre. Last year, she had won three titles in the district ranking tournaments.

Similarly, in the boys’ category, Neil Muley’s dreams of winning a double crown shattered as he went down to second seed Archan Apte in the final. Neil, who had won the cadet boys title, entered the final by beating fourth seed Aadi Frank Agarwal 11-7,11-4,11-6, while Archan defeated Arnav Bhalwanikar 11-5, 11-7, 11-8. In the final, Archan registered a 12-10, 8-11, 11-13, 11-8, 11-7 win over Neil.

Archan is a Class 9 student of the Symbiosis Secondary School and trains with Neeraj Honap at the school premises.

First Published: May 25, 2018 16:56 IST