Ultimate Table Tennis (UTT) 2017, day 9, highlights: Shaze Challangers thump down Falcons TTC 16-11

Ultimate Table Tennis (UTT) 2017, day 9, highlights: Shaze Challangers thump down Falcons TTC 16-11
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    Another fabulous day in Ultimate Table Tennis! What a way to start the Delhi leg! Falcons TTC is a formidable side and Shaze Challengers have just shown that anything is possible in this format of the sport and how things can change quickly. Last match between arguably the two best paddlers in the tournament was a testament of literally 'anything can happen' in a Tie. Hope you enjoyed our coverage of Day 9 of Ultimate Table Tennis. And we will continue to bring you live action, updates and scores from Day 10 as Maharashtra United will fight it out against Dabang Smashers tomorrow. Thank you for joining us today, will look forward to your company tomorrow as well. Adios.

  • 22:47 (IST)

    The Shaze Challengers surely enjoyed the win!

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    Was there any doubt? Han Ying wins the Foreign Player of the Tie

  • 22:43 (IST)

    Soumyajit Ghosh wins the Indian Player of the Tie.

  • 22:42 (IST)

    Take a bow! Han Ying!

  • 22:41 (IST)

    Before the start of the final match, Wu Yang had won all of her 21 games in the tournament but Hang Ying saved 4 game points in game 2 and in Game no.3  she again saved 2 game points to win the game, match and complete a clean sweep over Wu Yang. Han Ying refused to back down and she beat the unbeatenable.

  • 22:37 (IST)

    Challengers win the Tie 16 points to Falcons' 11 points 

  • 22:34 (IST)

    GOLDEN POINT! ALL 3 GAMES GO INTO GOLDEN POINT! AND another win for Han Ying!

    We have certainly had the beat match of the tournament. It couldn't have got tighter than this! All games were decided by the golden point. 

  • 22:34 (IST)

    Wu Yang gets on top to unfurl another forehand smash right in the corner of the table. It is 8-10 to Wu Yang!

  • 22:32 (IST)

    Breathtaking Table Tennis by both the players, Wu Yang has unleashed the attacking side of hers as she tries to power winners pass Han Ying and she has been successful sometimes, but Han Ying's resilience has been admirable! It is 8-9 to Wu Yang!

  • 22:28 (IST)

    Wu Yang didn't drop a point before the match against Han Ying and she has lost not only a game but two back-to-back games and with that the match! Unimaginable! What a wonderful game this! Tie score 15-11 to Challengers with one game to play.

  • 22:24 (IST)

    No one is looking to buckle down as Han Ying saves 4-game pointsto take it into the golden point and Wu Yang looks a little frustrated, she goes for the hooking forehand smash but its hit long and that ends the match in Han Ying's favour! WHAT A COMEBACK!

  • 22:22 (IST)

    Long Rally and Wu Yang's chop is hit into the net. Rarely does this happen. That rally lasted 36 shots, longest of the day. Yang opens up and smashes the next point probably in frustration to a slender lead (7-6)

  • 22:16 (IST)

    WOW! Another twist! Ying wins the final point with that the game and the Tie. Challengers take unassailable lead 14 to 11 with two points to play for. Wu Yang has been defeated. What a show by both the paddlers!

  • 22:16 (IST)

    JEEZ! Wu Yang has pulled it back from 6-10 to 10-10, booming cross court forehand. Absolutely drilled that!

  • 22:14 (IST)

    Han Ying with 4 Tie points! Can she do it?

  • 22:13 (IST)

    Some unreal chopping by both the players, waiting patiently for the other to make a mistake and then pounching on a little chance given to them!

  • 22:13 (IST)

    Wu Yang hasn't lost the game so far! Will a better ranked player breach her defences? Yang leads 9 to 4.

  • 22:11 (IST)

    Yes!

  • 22:08 (IST)

    Match 9: Han Ying (Challengers) v Wu Yang (Falcons)

    Defender v Chopper. World no.9 v World no. 13. Tie score- Challengers 13-11 Falcons. Fasten your seatbelt this is the ultimate battle.

  • 22:06 (IST)

    The winner of the match 8-

  • 22:05 (IST)

    Almost around the new! Jaw dropping shot by Pitchford as he eyes the short side of the table again and gets it right! Gacina loses a couple of points but has his early winners helped him maintain the lead and take the final game 11-6. Gacina's win makes the last match extremely interesting! Tie score: Challengers 13-11 Falcons)

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    Pitchford raises his hand in apology as he gets a lucky point coming off the net, but Gacina has a big lead of 9 to 4.

  • 22:02 (IST)

    Gacina with a strong serve over the table and he has defended well as he looks to win a point from the match. Pitchford goes wide and eyes the short side of the table, but manages to hit it on the side of the table and Gacina lead the final game 5-1.

  • 21:58 (IST)

    17 shots rally with probably more than 12 counters, Pitchford loses that point, but wins the 2nd game 11-6 as Falcons come back into the Tie ( Challengers 12-11 Falcons)

  • 21:58 (IST)

    Ball pops of the table once and Pitchford comes forward to smash it flat and gacina's return takes the top of the net again but falls long. Pitchford looks to win the match in the second game itself as he lead 9-4.

  • 21:55 (IST)

    Pitchford leads 5-4 as the players take a towel break. Brilliant rally by both the players, Gacina pushes one into the net.

  • 21:52 (IST)

    Pitchford with 4 game points and comes forward to drive it into Gacina's body from the short side of the table. the game comprised of a lot of reverse pendulum serves by Gacina, who needs to win at least a point for his side.

  • 21:51 (IST)

    Match 8 - Andrej Gacina (Challengers) v Liam Pitchford (Falcons)

    ​Crucial game for both teams as they inch towards the business end of the tie. If Challengers win 2 points out of the three, Wu Yang's final game will not determine the Tie. Pitchford needs to win 2 to keep Falcons into the game.

  • 21:44 (IST)

    Das will learn from playing against one of the top paddlers of the world. The League is just about that. There is chasm between the rankings of the two players (9 & 406- Han Ying and Priyanshini Das respectively). Han Ying completes the clean sweep, including with 17 service points winners. Tie score 12-9 to Challengers.

  • 21:40 (IST)

    Han Ying has no problems as she takes game 2 (11-4) against Priyadarshini Das.

  • 21:38 (IST)

    Han Ying has called all the shots in the 2nd game so far, chopping and defending with some ease, she leads 8-0

  • 21:36 (IST)

    Das' grit is appreciable, but Han Ying's quality is too much for the 20-year to scale, Han Ying takes the first game 11-7. Tie score Challengers 10-9 Falcons.

  • 21:32 (IST)

    Das has been made run around, but she has been up to the task, with some good counters. Ying leads 7-4.

  • 21:30 (IST)

    Match 7: Han Ying (Challengers) v Priyadarshini Das (Falcons)

    Priyandarshini Das makes her debut UTT debut.

  • 21:26 (IST)

    7- game point for Pitchford and a poor follow up to pitchford's forehand by Ghosh ends the match 1-2 in Falcon's favour. Tie score 9-9. This has been a tight contest so far, will the final result come down to Wu Yang's match again?

  • 21:24 (IST)

    Beautiful by Pitchford, quickly changes his grip, gets low and brings the ball back onto the table as it had popped up from the net.  Gets back into position to return Ghosh's forehand and induces a mistake from the Indian, he leads the final game 7-2.

  • 21:22 (IST)

    Ghosh pulled one point back to narrow down Pitchford's lead, but a next one is returned wide by Ghosh. The ball was slightly high and rising, Ghosh went towards Pitchford's body but smashed it wide. Match 6 score: 1-1)

  • 21:19 (IST)

    Hooking forehand by Pitchford and Ghosh gets his racquet to block the smash but there is too much pace on it the ball returns long!

  • 21:19 (IST)

    Ghosh is not letting Pitchford run away with the game no.2 He has pulled it back to 8-8.

  • 21:14 (IST)

    Ghosh has taken the first game 11-7. Big win for the Indian. Tie score (Challengers 9-7 Falcons)

  • 21:14 (IST)

    Ghosh continues to maintain the pressure on the Brit as he leads the first game 8-3. Pendulum serve, fast forehands and strong blocks has been his mantra.

  • 21:12 (IST)

    Cross court forehand winner gives Pitchford the first point of the game. Ghosh started brilliantly to take the lead 3-1.

  • 21:11 (IST)

    Match 6: Soumyajit Ghosh v Liam Pitchford

  • 21:07 (IST)

    And Sojla has won the final game as well! She has comeback in a grand fashion! What a stunning performance from the German. She was agile on her feet and feisty on both her back hand as well as forehand. Challengers lead the tie 8-7.

  • 21:05 (IST)

    Sojla clenches her fists and lets out a roar as she is leading the final game 9-5 against Lee Ho Ching

  • 21:01 (IST)

    Sojla has comeback brilliantly! Stunning back hand flicks and smashes coupled with nimble footwork ensures the match is decided in the final game of match no.5. Challengers catch up with Falcons (Match score 1-1, Tie score: 7-7) 

  • 20:56 (IST)

    Make that four in a row for Sojla!  Golden point! Good rally for the all-important points and Lee has the final say in the game1 She has held her nerve to take the lead for the Falcons (Tie score: 7-6)

  • 20:56 (IST)

    Mind blowing from Sojla, she has stitched 3 points in a row, she makes Lee run around with some beautiful backhand counter.

  • 20:54 (IST)

    Marvelous cross court forehand winner by Lee Ho Ching, she is up by 4 game points.

Preview: In the first Tie of Delhi leg in Ultimate Table Tennis, Shazé Challangers will go up against the mighty Falcons TTC at the Thyagaraj Stadium on Friday.

After making a winning start to their campaign by beating Dabang Smashers, the Challengers lost a thrilling contest to Oilmax-Stag Yoddhas.

Shaze Challengers Han Ying in action, she will look to continue her unbeaten run. UTT

Shaze Challengers' Han Ying in action, she will look to continue her unbeaten run against Falcons TTC. UTT

Meanwhile, the table toppers Falcons TTC have been the most dominant team in the league, as they won two out of their three matches, including a resounding victory against Oilmax Stag Yoddhas on Wednesday.

There is no denying that the Challengers have to come up with a special performance against the Falcons outfit in order to taste success on Friday. Their encounter against the Yoddhas was evenly poised until the Match 8 with both the teams drawing level at 12-12.

However, in the final Match, despite Petrissa Solja fighting tooth and nail against Doo Hoi Kem, she failed to get the better off the 20-year-old in any of the Games.

Now, on the brighter side, Han Ying has been stupendous for the Challenges, as the German has won all the matches she has featured in so far. Despite being supremely confident, Ying’s real test would probably come against tonight’s opponents and it’s interesting to see whether she could replicate her impressive performances.

Apart from Ying, Soumyajit Ghosh and Andrej Gacina’s contributions were also proved vital in the previous ties and the duo hope to carry their good form tonight.

Falcons TTC, on the other hand, are coming into the clash with a demolishing win over Oilmax-Stag Yoddhas 22-5. The biggest surprise for the Falcons has been the incredible rise of Sanil Shetty, as the talented Mumbai lad hammered Quadri Aruna and got the better of Tiago Apolonia against Mavericks.

It’s interesting to see whether the Challengers will come up with an answer to Shetty’s counter-attacking table tennis tonight.

In addition to Shetty, Wu Yang has also been sensational in the Women’s division. The astonishing fact is that the 25-year-old is yet to lose a Game in the six Matches she has featured so far.

There is no doubt that Yang’s red-hot form would be a big headache for the Challengers going forward.

The Falcons were rock-solid against the Yoddhas and if they come up with the same performance tonight, there’s no doubt that the Challengers are in for a tough time.

With inputs from UTT


Published Date: Jul 21, 2017 10:58 pm | Updated Date: Jul 22, 2017 07:10 pm