Highlights Ultimate Table Tennis (UTT), 2nd semi-final: Shaze Challengers enter finals with a 14-9 win over Dabang Smashers T.T.C.

Highlights Ultimate Table Tennis (UTT), 2nd semi-final: Shaze Challengers enter finals with a 14-9 win over Dabang Smashers T.T.C.
  • 23:27 (IST)

    Extra ordinary match of table tennis! There was lot to take from the game, Dabng Smashers might have lost it but Kim Song I's performance agaisnt Han Ying and G Sathiyan was amazing to see. Mouma Das' win against Kim Song I came at crucial juncture of the the Tie. Sathiyan had just turned a things a little around and Song I' couple of wins made it 5 wins in a row until Das stopped their momentum. Li Ping came really well to win it against Marcos Freitas to end the tie. Don't Ghosh's and Sojla's combination in the mixed doubles, especially after the first game down was fantastic to see. That's a wrap for today, we will be back for the finals between Falcons TTC v Shaze Challengers tomorrow. Thank you for tuning in today and see you guys tomorrow, the tie will begin at 7:30. Chavo!

  • 23:07 (IST)

    G Sathiyan wins the Indian Player of the Tie.

  • 23:07 (IST)

    Han Ying wins the best Foreign player of the Tie

  • 23:05 (IST)

    Challengers make it loud and clear.

  • 22:59 (IST)

    Couple of stunning winners by Li Ping which Freitas never looked like returning! We won't be having the last match as Shaze Challengers enter the finals and will face Falcons TTC. They win the tie 14-9

  • 22:57 (IST)

    Freitas' backhand return goes long and Li Ping take the lead 8-7. Falling apart for Smashers!

  • 22:53 (IST)

    It was turning into a fantastic rally and Freitas gave it all, but Ping was lucky there as it took the top off the net and Freitas who was far off the table made to it but as the ball dipped cause of the intervention he couldn't get it back on to the table. Ping takes it 11-9. Challengers 13 Smashers 9 in the tie.

  • 22:50 (IST)

    Ping is up by 4-game points! Freitas under enormous pressure.

  • 22:49 (IST)

    Luck point for Li Ping, takes the edge of the table and Freitas is furious!  8-4 to Li Ping.

  • 22:48 (IST)

    Freitas has been made to run back and forth, his shots haven't missed the table by a lot but that well might be the difference between the two sides towards. 3-7 to Ping.

  • 22:46 (IST)

    Li Ping has started positively. The challengers team from the bench are cheering every point with a standing ovation, they know how close they are!

  • 22:45 (IST)

    Match 8: Marcos Freitas v Li Ping

    (Tie could end in this match itself, but defending the place in the finals will be Dabang's captain Marcos Freitas)

  • 22:43 (IST)

    And with another unreal backhand block, Das has stolen a point. This is tie changing point. Song I had hit it to the corner and Das moved swiftly. Kim Song I is devastated she is in tears! Tie reads 12-8 to Challengers' favour.

  • 22:40 (IST)

    GOLDEN POINT! This has gone all the way! Das' smash is inch perfect! What a game are we having!

  • 22:37 (IST)

    Couple of points go long for Mouma and with a brilliant third ball forehand winner, Song I is back to 7-7.

  • 22:35 (IST)

    Mouma has brought out her power game in the final game. She has surprised Song I, who looks a little stunned by her onslaught. Das leads 7-4

  • 22:33 (IST)

    Mouma hits another powerful shot but it goes wide. Kim Song I did have couple of lucky breaks in her 11-4 victory but that was towards the end of the game 2 and wouldn't have really made any difference.  The gap between the tie score is slowly narrowing, this might go down to all 9 matches!

  • 22:30 (IST)

    Kim Song I has made it difficult for Das since the third point! Song I has ran away to 10-3 with 7 game points

  • 22:30 (IST)

    Mouma Das slaps it to tie on 3 points each. She takes it from over her head and buries that wide of Song I who doesn't even attempt to reach out for as it hit with unbelievable force.

  • 22:27 (IST)

    Smashers has another point with Song I winning the 1st game 11-4. Smashers slowly claw their way back into the tie 11-8 now.

  • 22:26 (IST)

    Kim Song I has a comfortable lead in game 1. She brings out the third ball attack, quite a few times. 9-4

  • 22:25 (IST)

    Match 7: Kim Song I v Mouma Das

    (Best chance for Challengers to turn the tie around! Mouma Das will not be a pushover, but Song I has been brilliant tonight, she needs to get 3 points for her side)

  • 22:19 (IST)

    He packs a punch!

  • 22:19 (IST)

    Li Ping ran into a wild Sathiyan! What a terrific performance! He is in some fine form. He has played 5 games and won it all. Take a bow! Top ranked Indian for a reason! Tie still reads good for Challengers 11-7

    He celebrates letting out loud roars and sleeps on the court! What a star!

  • 22:17 (IST)

    Sathiyan has come out hard and powerful, some unreal third ball attacks, forehand winners and few blocks as earned him 6 match points. 

  • 22:15 (IST)

    Stunning point! Breathtaking forehand counter and Ping has smashed it into the net. The crowd here at NSCI appluads the brilliant point. He leads 5-1

  • 22:12 (IST)

    Ping takes game 2 (11-5) of the 6th game of the tie. Tie score 11 to 6 in Challenger's favour. 3 points away from the finals.

  • 22:10 (IST)

    Li Ping has come back strongly for the Challengers in the game 2. Sathiyan is staring down 6 points.

  • 22:07 (IST)

    Sathiyan wins a much needed point for the Smasher's. He has been solid and packed a punch in his smashes. Tie score 10-6 still in Challengers' favour. Both coaches, Gacina (Capt) and Ghosh (who has played with Sathiyan before they turned pro) go to meet Ping in the break between the game

  • 22:06 (IST)

    Sathiyan has not lost a match in the tournament, this will be a good lithmus test against World no. 42.

  • 22:05 (IST)

    Sathiyan wins both his serves with super shots that Ping has no answers to he leads 8-6 in game 1

  • 22:04 (IST)

    Li Ping's backhand goes long and Sathiyan clenches his fist, it is 6-6.

  • 22:03 (IST)

    Li Ping doesn't get a good connection on the ball lobbbed up from far off the table as Sathiyan plays catch up in game 6 (5-3)

  • 22:02 (IST)

    Match 6: G Sathiyan v Li Ping

  • 21:58 (IST)

    WHAT A PLAYER! She will go unbeaten into the finals if Challengers' make it! Ying wins the golden point as Song I loses her cool to hit it long again! Nothing gets pass Ying! Nothing!! What a match we have had, Song I gives her all, but Ying is phenomenal. With that win Tie score reads Challengers 10- Smashers 5

  • 21:56 (IST)

    GOLDEN POINT! Kim Song I inside out smash wins her the 10th point but a shot goes wide off Song I's racquet to take into the golden point.

  • 21:54 (IST)

    Han Ying has turned this around like she has done more than few times in this tournament! It is 9-9. Nails are chewed off here.

  • 21:53 (IST)

    What a rally! This has to be the rally of the match or probably the tournament! It had everything high quality chops, flurry of smashes, net balls and the sheer stage at which the match is super! Song I lose the point smashing it into the net but leads the game 8-5

  • 21:52 (IST)

    Kim Song I leads the final game 5-2 as she wins a breathtaking point with Han Ying smashing a couple of times but Song I returns it well, she counter smashes cross court from far of the table into the corner. No chance and super winner!

  • 21:47 (IST)

    Couple of shots go long for Kim Song I and Ying wins the game 2.The second point took the top of the net and went long. Tight finish but another point to Challengers and Ying prolongs her winning run by a game can she maintain it?

  • 21:46 (IST)

    9-9. Kim unleashes another smash.  She looked like going for it on the previous ball but instead topspins it.

  • 21:45 (IST)

    All tied up at 7 points each. This a tight game between two super defensive players. Song I has come better prepared than the tie in Chennai, maybe that game helped her to get into a better mode coming into this game. 

  • 21:43 (IST)

    Kim Song I has been setting up herself to play the smash, a long chopping rally to push Ying back and just as the ball rises a little she goes for the killer! She takes the lead 6-5 as Ying tries to smash one in frustration and hits it straight into the net.

  • 21:40 (IST)

    Han Ying comes back strongly to take the lead in game 2, she leads 5-3 now.

  • 21:37 (IST)

    Song I has played exceptionally as she is up by 4-game points. Brilliant inside out forehand winner catches Ying on the wrong foot, she was expecting it on her right side like the previous smash but Song I changed her position at the very last minute. Tie score: Dabang smashers trail: 8-5  

  • 21:35 (IST)

    Third ball attack by Kim Song I  as she drills it into Ying whose uncontrolled chop goes long. We hardly see this. Wins her 7th point

  • 21:33 (IST)

    Ying takes the second point with a flat but fast forehand hit which caught Kim Song I by surprise. 5-2 to Kim Song I

  • 21:32 (IST)

    Ying goes for the top spin forehand instead of favoured backhand chop and it goes long. Song I leads 5-1

  • 21:31 (IST)

    Chopper versus Chopper. And it is a long rally for the first point, what else do you expect? Song I starts with ferocious smash to take the lead.

  • 21:30 (IST)

    Match 5: Kim Song I v Han Ying

    (Olympic bronze medalist takes on the undefeated Han Ying, these two have played each other in the previous tie where Ying won the match)

In the second semi-final of Ultimate Table Tennis, Shazé Challengers go head-to-head against Dabang Smashers TTC at the NSCI Stadium in Mumbai, on Saturday.

Shaze Challengers' Han Ying is yet to lose a match in the tournament and she will stand between Dabang Smashers T.T.C. and the finals. UTT

Shaze Challengers' Han Ying is yet to lose a match in the tournament and she will stand between Dabang Smashers T.T.C. and the finals. UTT

The Challengers have been exceptional throughout the League Phase, overcoming oppositions with minimum fuss to finish second in the table suffering just a single loss on the way. Dabang Smashers, on the other hand, have undergone moments of brilliance and mediocrity in equal measure.

The Challengers are heading into the semi-finals on the back of an excellent 15-12 win over RP-SG Mavericks. They were trailing 7-11 at one point, but Han Ying pulled them back into contention with a thumping 3-0 win over Archana Kamath, before the German came back again and beat Sofia Polcanova to seal the Tie in favour of her team.

The German paddler has won all the ten Matches that she has featured in so far, and her defensive chops has been her weapon of choice in overcoming the opponents. Ying has won 84% of points using those chops, and no doubt her stupendous form could be a big headache for the Smashers going forward.

In addition to Ying’s individual brilliance, Li Ping and Soumyajit Ghosh have also been pivotal to the team’s success in the League Stage. The duo will be hoping to carry their good form against Dabang Smashers.

Challengers captain Andrej Gacina has to pull up his socks in today’s encounter after losing both his Matches against the Mavericks.

Shazé Challengers defeated Dabang Smashers in the League Stage and would reflect on their previous performances to take some positives ahead of the semi-final.

Meanwhile, Dabang Smashers’ march to the semi-final was mainly due to the individual brilliance from their players. Sathiyan Gnanasekearan’s aggressive table tennis has proved to be a nightmare for the opposition players, as the Chennai lad has won all his four Matches, including a 2-1 win against tournament’s highest seed Wong Chun Ting.

The Indian will be keen to replicate those impressive performances in tonight’s semi-final.

Adding to it, Kim Song I not only delivered consistently for the Smashers but also bailed the team out, whenever they have been in trouble. The Korean posed all sorts of problems to Han Ying when both the paddlers met each other before, but failed to get the better off the German. There is no doubt that Kim Song I will be looking to seek revenge and her battle with Ying will be the one to watch out for in tonight’s Tie.

With both teams evenly matched, the Mumbai crowd will be in for a treat on Saturday.


Published Date: Jul 29, 2017 11:17 pm | Updated Date: Jul 30, 2017 03:12 pm