Falcons TTC lead Shazé Challengers 8-4 after four matches
Mumbai, July 30, 2017: Falcons TTC were on top of Shazé Challengers 8-4 after four matches in the ongoing final of the inaugural CEAT Ultimate Table Tennis (UTT), the country’s newest franchise sports league, at the NSCI in Mumbai on Sunday. Five more matches remain in the title-clash.
According to the tournament rules, in the knockout stage the team that secures 14 points first is declared winner.
Li Ping put Shazé Challengers ahead with a 2-1 win over Sanil Shetty in the men’s singles, the opening match of the tie.
However, in-form Wu Yang swept aside Mouma Das (Shazé Challengers) 3-0 in the women’s singles to hand the lead to Falcons TTC 4-2.
Next up was mixed doubles (Foreign/Indian) and Falcons TTC’s pair of Sanil Shetty and Lee Ho Ching brushed aside Soumyajit Ghosh and Petrissa Solja 3-0 to extend their team’s lead to 7-2.
Croatian Andrej Gacina of Shazé Challengers beat Briton Liam Pitchford 2-1 in the men’s singles (Foreign player category). Falcons TTC led 8-4 at this stage.
After four matches – Falcons TTC lead Shaze Challengers 8-4
MS – Sanil Shetty lost to Li Ping 1-2 (9-11, 10-11, 11-7)
WS – Wu Yang beat Mouma Das 3-0 (11-6, 11-2, 11-3)
MD – Sanil Shetty/ Lee Ho Ching beat Soumyajit Ghosh/ Petrissa Solja 3-0 (11-9, 11-3, 11-8),
MS – Liam Pitchford lost to Andrej Gacina 1-2 (11-8, 9-11, 11-4)