Chennai, 20 July, 2017: The third round clash between Dabang Smashers T.T.C and RP-SG Mavericks was tantalizingly poised at 6-6 after four matches on day 8 of the inaugural CEAT Ultimate Tennis (UTT) at the Nehru Indoor Stadium in Chennai on Thursday. Action shifts to New Delhi from Friday.
Dabang Smashers T.T.C’s G Sathiyan warmed the hearts of the home crowd as the local star pulled off a stunning 2-1 (11-5, 11-9, 10-11) win over RP-SG Mavericks’ Austrian world No 23 Stefan Fegerl in the men’s singles (Foreign v Indian), the day’s opening match.
Sathiyan, ranked 110, cruised to an easy win in the opening game, and rallied brilliantly to win a tense second game. The Indian then recovered brilliantly from 3-7 in the last game before the experienced Fegerl won on the final point.
Ukrainian world No. 56 Tetyana Bilenko made it 4-2 for Dabang Smashers T.T.C after she rallied from a game down for a 2-1 win (10-11, 11-7, 11-8) over Archana Kamath of RP-SG Mavericks in the women’s singles (Foreign v Indian).
Archana, 17 years old and ranked 217, won the opening game on the final point. However, Bilenko came back strongly to bag the next two.
A Sharath Kamal / Sofia Polcanova put RP-SG Mavericks in the lead 5-4 with a 3-0 (11-5, 11-7, 11-5) win over G Sathiyan / Kim Song I of Smashers in the mixed doubles (Foreign/Indian pair).
However, China-born Ukraine world No. 28 Kou Lei of Dabang Smashers T.T.C edged out Portuguese world No. 31 Tiago Apolonia (RP-SG Mavericks) 2-1 (11-3, 10-11, 11-10) in the men’s singles (Foreign player category) to level the scores at 6-all with five more matches remain in the ongoing tie.
At the end of four matches: RP-SG Mavericks 6-6 Dabang Smashers T.T.C
MS – Stefan Fegerl lost to G Sathiyan 1-2 (5-11, 9-11, 11-10)
WS – Archana Girish Kamath lost to Tetyana Bilenko 1-2 (11-10, 7-11, 8-11)
MD – Sharath Kamal/ Sofia Polcanova beat G Sathiyan/ Kim Song I 3-0 (11-5, 11-7, 11-5)
MS – Tiago Apolonia lost to Kou Lei 1-2 (3-11, 11-10, 10-11)