Ultimate Table Tennis (UTT) 2017, highlights: Falcons TTC hand Oilmax Stag Yoddhas heavy drubbing to win the tie 22-5

Ultimate Table Tennis (UTT) 2017, highlights: Falcons TTC hand Oilmax Stag Yoddhas heavy drubbing to win the tie 22-5
  • 23:01 (IST)

    A rather lopsided day in a tournament that has produced some nail-biting encounters, hopefully tomorrow will be another mouth-watering clash as India's biggest name in Table tennis Sharath Kamal set to play his final game in his home city of Chennai as the tournament moves to Delhi in its second leg. Thank you for tuning in today and do join us for RP-SG Mavericks take on Dabang Smashers. Until then goodbye!

  • 22:55 (IST)

    Match by match break up:

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    Oilmax Stag Yoddhas will be relived that they are finally put out of their misery. Sheer domination by Falcons TTC. Sanil Shetty started the day beating Aruna Quadri 3-0. Shetty is earning the title of 'Giant Killer' and since then it has been just one way traffic! The result will surely affect Yoddhas as the tournament progresses and they will need some big wins to make it into the top 4. Falcons never lifted their foot off the gas and ended the day with 17 more points than their opponents.

  • 22:46 (IST)

    Par Gerell wins the Foreign Player of the Tie!

  • 22:45 (IST)

    Sanil Shetty wins the Best Indian Player of the Tie!

  • 22:38 (IST)

    Falcons TTC thrash 22-5 Oilmax-Stag Yoddhas

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    INVINCIBLE!

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    Sheer domination from Wu Yang! She has been merciless in her approach, even with 14 point ahead, before the start of the last match, she has taken the last game 2-11. 18 out of 18 for the top paddler from China. Final Tie score: 22-5

  • 22:31 (IST)

    7 game and match points for Wu Yang, this is an annihilation by Falcons, Doo wins a single point before Wu Yang takes the second game of match 9 (11-5)

  • 22:29 (IST)

    Wu Yang  is running away with the second game here! As she tries to attack she losses a point, the scoreboard reads 7-2 to Yang.

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    Corner to corner by Wu Yang and she takes the first game of the final match 8-11

  • 22:26 (IST)

    Doo Hei Kem wins four points in a row to give Wu yang a mini scare as the score changes from 1-6 to 5-6.

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    Match 9: Doo Hei Kem (Yoddhas) v Wu Yang (Falcons)

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    Exceptional from the Brit

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    Pitchford has stitched a unreal comeback! He was down 5-9, but turns it around, makes it 9-9 and then takes the game 11-9. 6 points on the bounce! This is dismal from the Yoddhas. Tie score reads: 19-5 in Falcons' favour!

  • 22:17 (IST)

    That point was out of the world! Quadri Aruna wins it in the end, but the spinning lobs by Pitchford did put the Nigerian into a bit of hassle.

  • 22:12 (IST)

    Quadri misses a lobbed up ball as he drills it long, but after losing 3 game points, he wins the second game 11-7. 5th point of the night.

  • 22:10 (IST)

    Aruna has taken the second game by the scuff of it. He has 6 game points to play with!

  • 22:07 (IST)

    Breathtaking stroke by Pitchford he returns a quick backhand and Aruna still getting back into the position from his forehand smash sees Pitchford already celebrating as he takes the 1st game 11-9. 

  • 22:06 (IST)

    Couple of backhands and then Aruna is given the ball right in the slot to bring out his booming forehand but he ends up smashing it into the net. It is 9-9.

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    Aruna tries create room to get the forehand and in the process is right in the right corner and Pitchford is quick to push the backhand into the left corner, no chance for the Nigerian. Pitchford leads 7-5.

  • 22:03 (IST)

    Pitchford seems to be nicely warmed up as he moves elegantly across the table and he releases some glorious shots, he is leading the game 1 of Match no.8 4-2.

  • 21:59 (IST)

    Match 8: Aruna Quadri v Liam Pitchford

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    Mikhailova takes 3-game points, but there is 13 point difference between the two sides. Mikhailova doesn't celebrate a lot as her team hasn't had the best of the days. Mukherjee can hold her head high despite the loss. Tie score: Falcons lead 17 to Yoddha's 4

  • 21:57 (IST)

    She might lose the match, but Mukherjee will remember this point

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    Mukherjee ensuring Mikhailova earns every point here. The 21-year old has applied enough pressure to give the Russian a few headaches, but she has remained composed to take the second game on the trot. Falcons 17-3 Yoddhas

  • 21:51 (IST)

    Exceptional point there! Mukherjee's block game is strong and 4 blocks in a row yield sher with a point. It is 9-7 to Mikhailova.

  • 21:47 (IST)

    WOW! There was some real pressure. The Russian held her nerve has she unleashed a couple of smashes which were returned by Mukherjee but the third one goes long and Oilmax finally get their second point!

  • 21:45 (IST)

    Mukherjee is building the pressure and we are into the golden point! 

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    Couple of unforced errors by Mukherjee and strong smashes have put Mikhailova with 3 game points!

  • 21:44 (IST)

    Sure they do

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    Stunning! 3 strong blocks by Mukherjee and Polina hits it long! What a point to win for the 21-year old!

  • 21:41 (IST)

    Onus really on Mikhailova to get all 3-points, being the senior pro.Yoddhas are in down in the dumps and in dire need of some points for them!

  • 21:39 (IST)

    Match 7: Polina Mikhailova (Yoddhas) v Sutirtha Mukherjee (Falcons)

  • 21:37 (IST)

    The hooking counter forehand complete ANOTHER SWEEP for the Falcons! Gerell 11-7 Yadav. Tie score 16 to 1 to Falcons!

  • 21:32 (IST)

    Powerful, forehand and then goes way back and in the left corner of the arena to lob it with a lot of sidespin. Yadav tries to drop it short, but doesn't exceute it right the spin on the ball takes it long, 6-11 to Gerell in the 2nd game.

  • 21:30 (IST)

    Gerell with his angular spins is making it tough for the Indian rookie! The Falcons captain leads 8 to 6.

  • 21:26 (IST)

    Gerell keeps the winning momentum going for the Falcons as he takes the first game 6-11.

  • 21:25 (IST)

    Gerell goes deep and starts with the high lobs, which are well countered by Yadav and you would expect one tossed up shot would miss the table and that's exactly what it happened. Gerell leads 7-4.

  • 21:22 (IST)

    Two left handed paddlers begin the game with sharing the spoils of the first 4 points. 

  • 21:22 (IST)

    Match 6: Abhishek Yadav v Par Gerell

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    Yoddhas are sliding down here in their final tie in Chennai

  • 21:18 (IST)

    We are moving towards Yoddha's end today. Polina's footwork hasn't been up to the mark and Lee Ho Ching completes the 4th clean sweep of the day. Falcons take an unassailable lead of 14-1 in game 5. 

  • 21:14 (IST)

    Lee continues her domination as she blocks a couple of smashes by Polina and then forces her into a wild smash which goes wide and long! Resilient when defending, unstoppable when attacking. 11-6 to Lee Ho Ching!

  • 21:09 (IST)

    Lucky break as it was developing into a fine rally, but the ball takes the top of net and makes it impossible for Mikhailove to reach as she was far of the table chopping the ball with effectively, but not sure weather that point would have made any difference, the Falcons star takes the 1st game 11-3.

  • 21:08 (IST)

    Lee Ho Ching dropped a couple of points in the start but she has dominated since then! It is 2-9 to Lee.

  • 21:07 (IST)

    Match 5: Lee Ho Ching (Falcons) v Polina Mikhailova (Yoddhas)

  • 21:04 (IST)

    Here is the break up of the three games!

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    The captain wins it after dropping the first game, What a comeback!

  • 21:01 (IST)

    THAT'S 12-1. Pucar had to win 4 match points and he did extremely well to win 3 in a row, but returns one wide! The game 4 ends 1-2 in Gerell's favour and Falcons are giving their opponents an extremely tough time, It is just the end of game 4 and we can have the winners of the tie decided in the next game itself.

Day 6 Report: Tie 6 of the Ultimate Table Tennis witnessed a completely lopsided fixture, as DHFL Maharashtra United registered the biggest win of the tournament so far by subduing RP-SG Mavericks 16-11, with some strong performances by Indian players all around.

Sanil Shetty of Falcons TTC in action during the practice session of the Ultimate Table Tennis League in Chennai, India on July 11, 2017. Photo : Ali Bharmal / Focus Sports / Ultimate Table Tennis

Sanil Shetty of Falcons TTC in action during the practice session. Ultimate Table Tennis

The evening started off on a perfect note for United, as Indian Harmeet Desai caused an upset by beating Stefan Fegerl two games to one. Harmeet started off with a service winner, and then went on to play intelligently as he executed 43% of all his flicks, with Fegerl finding no response to the youngster. Stefan got back in Game two, but the momentum was still with Desai as he rallied to win the final Game 11-6.

Portugal’s Fu Yu followed suit and picked up the baton from Desai, as she won the next match 2-1 against Archana Kamath. Fu Yu totally dominated the first two games, outclassing Kamath at every step and raced to 11-3 and 11-6 respectively. Archana came back and won the third game, a combination of her backhand smashes and Fu Yu’s unforced errors aiding her along the way, but it was too little too late.

Match three presented the Mavericks with an opportunity to swing the momentum their way, as the mixed doubles pairing of Sharath Kamal and Sofia Polcanova pushed Harmeet Desai and Liu Jia all the way. Kamal and Polcanova won the first game, but Jia and Harmeet, fresh from his victory over Fegerl, got back strong in Game two to level the match. The stage was set for a thrilling third Game, which ultimately went United’s way as they won the Golden Point in Game three.

Fegerl’s misery continued, as he was completely outplayed and outmatched by United captain Joao Monteiro in the fourth match of the Tie. Monteiro was brutal with his smashes, successfully executing 80% of them as the Austrian had no reply. The last game saw Fegerl try to get one back to aid his team’s total score, but all in vain as Monteiro romped to a 3-0 victory.

The confidence seemed to infect everyone in the United camp, as Liu Jia came out all guns blazing against Sabine Winter. This game was well fought though, as Winter’s aggressive game matched up to Jia’s, as indicated by the 11-9, 11-8 and 11-10 score line, with victory going the Austrian’s way. At this point, United was in cruise control and well on their way to victory.

Game six easily had the most unanticipated result of the day, as Wong Chung Ting, the highest-ranked player in the league, lost to Indian veteran Achanta Sharath Kamal. Kamal was on fire and brought on his years of experience to completely dismantle the youngster from Hong Kong. With the crowd’s backing, Kamal also pulled off what could go down as one of the shots of the tournament, as he smashed the ball from way outside the table to swing it in wickedly and catch Ting completely unaware. That shot won him the best shot of the day. Kamal won the first and second Game to cause a slight dent in the score line, as Ting won a consolation Game at the end.

Sabine Winter got the only comprehensive victory for the Mavericks in Game seven, as she beat Krittwika Roy 3-0. Winter was relentless, making up for her loss against Liu Jia by hitting a total of 24 offensive winning shots as Roy bore the brunt of the German’s onslaught. Winter coolly pocketed three points for her team as they played for pride, still trailing Maharashtra United by some distance.

Wong Chung Ting stepped back on the court for the second time and beat Tiago Apolonia to restore some pride and justify his world ranking. Ting looked more in command as he set himself up for victory in the first Game, but slipped up again as Apolonia came back to win the second Game 11-6. Ting had the last say though, as he got back to winning ways and sealed Maharashtra United’s 15th win for the night.

Sofia Polcanova took on Fu Yu in the final Match of the day, and beat the Portuguese paddler two games to one to win the final Match and take the Mavericks’ tally into double figures. Polcanova displayed a good all-round game and calmly dispatched her opponent, but Fu Yu got one back for her team that helped them register the biggest win of the tournament and take them to the top of the league table.

The next Tie will witness Oilmax-Stag Yoddhas take on Falcons TTC on the 19 July.


Published Date: Jul 19, 2017 11:03 pm | Updated Date: Jul 19, 2017 11:03 pm