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!
Highlights Ultimate Table Tennis (UTT), 2nd semi-final: Shaze Challengers enter finals with a 14-9 win over Dabang Smashers T.T.C.
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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
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.
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!
Gacina takes the final game and the match! That was a thumping winning for the Croatian, Lei put up a fight with 2-9 at one stage he took it to 7-10 but got the edge of his racquet on the forehand and the ball flew over Gacina's head, giving Challengers 4-point lead (8-4)
Ghosh and Sojla embrace as they take the 3rd game and with that the match after losing the 1st game it wasn't going to be easy, but they have pulled it back with superb performances. Challengers take a 3 point lead with a couple of wins. Tie: 6-3
Mind you, this high quality table tennis. Patkar has pushed her Ying to her limit. Must appreciate the effort, but Ying wouldn't wilt. She has taken it 11-7. Will she ever be beaten! 3 points for World no.9. Challengers take the lead 4-2 after match 2
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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.
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.
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.
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