Top seed Sanat and second seed Vaibhav set up summit clash at district ranking table tennis tournament
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Top seed Sanat and second seed Vaibhav set up summit clash at district ranking table tennis tournament

The junior girls’ category saw top seed Ankita Patwardhan knocked out by eighth seed Mrunmayi Raikhelkar.

pune Updated: May 26, 2018 16:40 IST
HT Correspondent
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Hindustan Times, Pune
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Vaibhav Dahibhate in action at the district ranking table tennis tournament at the Sharda Centre on Friday.(Shankar Narayan/HT PHOTO)

Top seed Sanat Bokil and second seed Vaibhav Dahibhate both moved on to the finals of the men’s category in the season’s first district ranking table tennis tournament organised by Sharda Centre at their premises on Friday.

Sanat knocked out Suyog Patil 11-9, 15-13, 11-6, 11-4 while Vaibhav prevailed over sixth seed Ajay Kothavale in a five game thriller, eventually winning the game 11-6, 6-11, 11-8, 11-3, 11-6.

In the junior boys’ segment, all the seeded players had an easy ride to the semi-finals.

Top seed Shounak Shinde defeated ninth seed Archan Apte 11-9, 11-8, 12-10, 11-7, while second seed Karan Kukreja comfortably defeated seventh seed Mihir Danke’s with a 11-8, 11-3, 11-6, 11-4 score.

Fourth seed Shriyansh Bhosale scripted an easy win over fifth seed Anaiy Kovelamudi, winning 11-8, 11-7, 12-10, 11-7. He will be joined by sixth seed Aarush Galpalli who got the better of Samyak Motling in a 11-2,11-2,11-7,11-8 match.

The Junior girls’ category registered the biggest upset of the day when top seed Ankita Patwardhan was shocked by lower ranked, eighth seeded Mrunmayi Raikhelkar in the quarterfinals. Raikhelkar started well by winning the first two games 11-7, 11-6 and with the boosted confidence, put up a spirited fight to win third game 12-10. Ankita, desperate to get back in the game, displayed stunning finesse and skill with forehand topspins and managed to win the fourth game 13-11. However, she failed to take advantage of her momentum and lost the fifth game 11-7. Sixth seed Siddhi Achrekar was also surprised to see herself lose 11-8, 11-5, 11-4, 9-11, 9-11, 11-7 to unseeded Preeti Gadhave.

First Published: May 26, 2018 16:40 IST