Highlights Ultimate Table Tennis (UTT) 2017, 1st semi-final: Falcons qualify for final
Sutirtha Mukherjee takes the game 11-10 against Liu Jia and WITH IT THE FALCONS HAVE QUALIFIED FOR THE FINALS! Wild celebrations in the Falcons Camp!
Sutirtha Mukherjee is up against Liu Jia!
Pitchford has beaten Harmeet 3-0! . A strong backhand defense off the last point and Harmeet misses his forehand. Falcons are just one point away from winning the tie!
Pitchford has 3 gamepoints now. He's forehands have been really powerful and not many have had the chance of a correct return!
Harmeet not getting his forehands right he's trailing 6-9!
Pitchford with three points on the trot takes a 7-5 lead. He's been rocking the court tonight!
It's 4-4 in the third game. Both the players making some unforced errors.
Pitchford with a match-clinching cross-court backhand, he wins the golden point and takes a 2-0 lead against Harmeet. Pitchford has looked ever so dangerous after he's got his backhands right. Harmeet needs to get his game going as every point is crucial for Maharashtra United now!
Cracking game this is turning out to be. It's 10-10 and gone to golden point.
A thumping forehand down the line gives Pitchford 4-2 lead in the first game.
Pitchford looks in top form. He's easily taken the first game 11-6 against Harmeet. The Surat boy didn't get into the groove at all and looked a bit lost. Pitchford just continued his momentum and didn't let it slip.
Another long shot from Harmeet. He's struggled to get into the groove and handed 5 game points to Pitchford.
Pitchford with a cracking forehand makes it 8-5.
Harmeet fighting back. He's cut the lead down to just one at 5-6!
Pitchford has taken a 5-1 lead in the first game. Harmeet with a lot of unforced errors.
Harmeet finally gets his backhand and forehand right he gets two points on the trot to make it 3-5!
Next up Harmeet Desai vs Pitchford!
Wu Yang with a 3-0 sweep over Jia. Falcons running away with this now. They lead 10-5.
Wu Yang's chops are just too good for Jia who is struggling to get is past the net.
Liu Jia finally providing some fight. She trails by two points at 6-9 in the third game.
Wu Yang takes a 2-0 lead against Liu Jia with a 11-5 win in the second game. Wu Yang's patience stood out throughout the game. Something whichs she is known for.
Jia errs on her forehand to give Wu Yang five gamepoints.
Wu Yang showing her class. She has taken a 8-4 lead.
Wu Yang races to a 11-5 win over Liu Jia. She has taken a 1-0 lead.
A strong forehand from Wu Yang she has a 6-5 lead.
Liu Jia has taken a 5-3 lead over Wu Yang!
Next up - Lui Jia vs Wu Yang!
Brilliant from Pitchford int h last game as he takes the match 2-1 with a 11-4 win over Wong Chung Ting. Those backhands fired at the right time.
Pitchford has taken a 9-4 lead in the second game.
Wong holds his nerve to win the second game 11-9 and draw level 1-1 against Pitchford.
You can never count Wong out. He has two game points out of nowhere.
There is a real sense of hope in the Falcons camp now with Pitchford leading 8-6!
Pitchford has two crucial points thanks to unforced errors from Wong Chung Ting. He leads 7-5.
Pitchford has fought back to draw level 4-4 in the second game after being 1-3 down.
Pitchford takes the first game 11-8 against Wong Chung Ting. The backhand finally started working and that helped the English achieve crucial points.
A crunching forehand from Pitchford gives him two game points.
Pitchford finally gets that backhand right, this time on the receive to draw level 6-6!
It's neck and neck, Pitchford getting his backhand right has proved to be crucial. He leads 9-8 in the first game.
The backhand is not supporting Pitchford. He has erred on his backhand three times on the trot. He trails 3-5!
Pitchford looking good with his forehand. He takes a 3-2 lead in the first game against Wong Chung Ting.
Wong Chung Ting in action again, he takes on Liam Pitchford of England. Pitchford was brilliant in the last tie.
The crowd is chanting Harmeet's name. He's had a decent following all over India.
Harmeet and Fu Yu upped their game when needed the most. They take the match 2-1 against Sanil-Lee with a 1-5 win in last game.
Harmeer again with his well placed backhand and then a smacking forehand gives Maharashtra United a 7-4 lead. Harmeet hasn't had a weaker side it seems. Pretty powerful on forehand and backhand.
Sensational rally! Falcons get the point. Sanil and Harmeet covered a lot of ground on that point.
Harmeet placing his backhands really well. Giving it a punch through the forearm. He then crashes a forehand down the line to take a 4-2 lead.
Sanil and Lee bounce back to take the second game 11-5 against Harmeet and Fu Yu. It was all down to Sanil's forehands clicking at the right time. That set up easy smashes for Lee.
Fu Yu errs on her forehand from close to the net to give Falcons 5 game points.
Preview: The inaugural edition of Ultimate Table Tennis has reached the semi-finals, and in the first one on Friday, Falcons TTC face DHFL Maharashtra United at the NSCI stadium in Mumbai.
With some dominating performances, Falcons TTC topped the league table with 78 points, while Maharashtra United’s march to the semi-finals was not as convincing as the other teams. After starting the tournament on a bright note by winning the first two Ties, the team in orange lost the next three.
Having already suffered defeat at the hands of Falcons TTC in the League Stage, United will have their task cut-out in tonight’s semi-final.
Heading into the clash, the biggest worry for United is the form of the experienced Fu Yu, as the Portuguese paddler endured defeats in three of her last four Matches. Surprisingly, Yu tasted defeat at the hands of Sutirtha Mukherjee in the previous Tie against Falcons, and it’s interesting to see her approach in tonight’s encounter against the Indian paddler.
Harmeet Desai’s form waned as the tournament progressed, while world number 8 Wong Chun Ting hasn’t really set the stage on fire as far as his performances are concerned. There is no denying that Desai and Ting have to step up their game in tonight’s encounter against the tough Falcons outfit in order to taste success.
Liu Jia got the better off Wu Yang in the previous battle between the two, and it remains to be seen if the Austrian paddler replicates her performance against one of the most dominant players in the tournament.
Meanwhile, Falcons TTC have been destructive in all departments and they surely have an upper-hand in tonight’s semi-final against Maharashtra United.
Wu Yang remains a vital cog for the team, despite suffering two defeats in her previous three Matches. Sanil Shetty quelled the challenge of Joao Monteiro with some stunning counter attacks a couple of days ago, and it’s interesting to see whether the Mumbai paddler will keep up his astonishing form tonight.
Falcons’ skipper Par Gerell and Liam Pitchford’s contribution in the league phase have been effective for the team and the duo hope to carry their good form tonight.
With inputs from UTT
Published Date: Jul 28, 2017 06:53 pm | Updated Date: Jul 30, 2017 04:44 pm