Highlights Ultimate Table Tennis (UTT) Final 2017: Falcons TTC clinch maiden title

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Highlights Ultimate Table Tennis (UTT) Final 2017: Falcons TTC clinch maiden title
  • 23:30 (IST)

    The Falcons win the maiden season of Ultimate Table Tennis and that draws curtains on the inaugural table tennis league in India, which has been thoroughly sensational. UTT did manage to capture the imagination of the people over its course of the three weeks. Comprising of several top-notch performance, amazing display of grit, skill and talent and more importantly it gives us a peek into the future of Indian table tennis. 

    What we just witnessed in the past three weeks is exactly what happens when there is an opportunity provided for such splendid sportsmen and sportswomen. The pioneering edition has set the precedent of what we can expect in the coming years and if the 1st season is anything to by it is going to be nothing less than awe-inspiring.

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  • 23:25 (IST)

    The winning team lines up to collect their winning medals.

  • 23:23 (IST)

    Liam Pitchford wins the Most Valuable Player (Male)

  • 23:21 (IST)

    Wu Yang wins the Most Valuable Player (Female) and the Ultimate One for scoring most number of points.

  • 23:19 (IST)

    Gacina wins the award of Super-server winning 56 points just through his serves.

  • 23:07 (IST)

    Wu Yang was absolutely brilliant tonight and she is awarded the best Foreign Player of the Tie

  • 23:07 (IST)

    Who else but Sanil Shetty won the Indian Player of the Tie

  • 23:06 (IST)

  • 23:05 (IST)

    A word for the runner's up, Shaze Challengers, who played well throughout the tournament but just came up against a formidable Falcons side who displayed some high quality table tennis!

  • 23:03 (IST)

    This will be remembered for a long, long time!

  • 23:02 (IST)

    Historic moment for the Falcons Table Tennis Club

  • 23:01 (IST)

    Incredible scenes here at the NSCI the Falcons player jump out of their seats as they win the 1st ever Ultimate table Tennis (UTT). 

  • 22:57 (IST)

    Championship point for Falcons! Annnd Li Ping has hit it long! FALCONS T.T.C. ARE THE CHAMPIONS OF FIRST EVER ULTIMATE TABLE TENNIS 

  • 22:54 (IST)

    Gerell nets a return it is back to level 9-9.

  • 22:54 (IST)

    Gerell keeps his serve close to the net and Ping returns with his outstretched arm that doesn't cross the net. Gerell leads 8-7! It is getting tense in here!

  • 22:53 (IST)

    The cameramen are taking their positions to get the perfect shot of the winning moment, but is it here yet? Li Ping is tied 6-all with Gerell.

  • 22:52 (IST)

    Ping has played some beautiful forehands here. No way there was any angle that allowed him to play that audacious shot. He bends and gets low to play the inside out shot right on the edge, in fact on the white line to to bag the 4th point.

  • 22:49 (IST)

    Mini-comeback, saving couple of game points, but Challengers win the 9th point of the tie, 4-wins in a row for Shaze. Li Ping wins 11-8 in Game 1 of Match 8.

  • 22:47 (IST)

    4-game point for Li Ping. Will there be another game or Gerell is waging a comeback here?

  • 22:46 (IST)

    Li Ping's hard forehand is returned tamely by Gerell he leads 4-2. Need more of such points!

  • 22:46 (IST)

    Smart return by Li Ping. He has been in some form in the last couple of days. He leads 7-4

  • 22:44 (IST)

    Both the paddlers share the spoils in the four points played so far. 2-2

  • 22:44 (IST)

    Match 8: Li ping v Par Gerell

    ​Li Ping will have to play out of his skins to take the tie into the final match.

  • 22:40 (IST)

    Ying sweeps the match 7 (3-0). Mukherjee put on brave fight but couldn't get past World no. 9. Despite the clean sweep by Challengers, Falcons lead 13-8 in the tie

  • 22:39 (IST)

    Take a bow, Han Ying! This time her chance to show her attacking prowess! Super rally, hard and flat shots, some luck from the top of the net but the rally continued till Mukherjee's forehand ended up in the net.

  • 22:38 (IST)

    Ying plugs away with a couple of points but Suthirtha is the winner of the spectacular ones, rally of forehand smash and Mukherjee gets the 5th point.

  • 22:37 (IST)

    Mukherjee pushes Ying way back with some crunching smashes to win the 4th point. What a show she has put up here.

  • 22:34 (IST)

    The change in the pace of the game there was such a delight to see

  • 22:33 (IST)

    Ying takes the game 2 11-8 but not without a fight from Mukherjee, the World no.9 had to work for her points. Tie: Falcons 13 -7 Challengers

  • 22:32 (IST)

    Oh! Unfortunately Mukherjee misses to get the top spin right! She had made a comeback from 9-4 to 9-8. Ying was under some sort of pressure but was released once she missed the shot. The entire crowd groans in "Ohhh!"

  • 22:30 (IST)

    Mukherjee wins 3 points in a row! The 3rd point was similar to the exchange of the forehand rally that happened a couple of points before and Ying smashes it into the net  this time. 9-7 now.

  • 22:29 (IST)

    Mukherjee tries the attack on the 3rd ball, but it takes the top of the net and goes out. 9-4 to Han Ying.

  • 22:28 (IST)

    Beautiful! What a stunning point! The slow chopping game was broken with some fast forehand counters and Suthirtha comes on top. 4 quick shot exchange and it is 4-4 in game 2

  • 22:24 (IST)

    Edge of the table to win the last point of the game 1. Ying raises her hand and accepts the fortune, but she was up by 6 game points before that. 11-4 to win a tie-point for the Challengers. Tie: Falcons 13- Challengers 6

  • 22:21 (IST)

    Ying and Mukherjee engage in a long rally as the crowd starts applausing and Ying sees the opportunity with the ball rising a little and opens up to play the forehand winner! Ying lead 7-4

  • 22:20 (IST)

    Suthirtha on the attack and she takes the lead 3-2 with an absolutely thumping forehand smash! Han Ying looked out of shape to return that.

  • 22:18 (IST)

    Falcons' Pitchford surely enjoyed that

  • 22:18 (IST)

    Match 7 Han Ying v Sutirtha Mukherjee

    (Ying can prolong the tie here. It is Challenger's best chance to put a 3-0 victory into this game. Remember Suthirtha isn't somebody who will go down easily but you got to back the World no. 9)

  • 22:11 (IST)

    Ghosh's return goes long and end of brilliant match!  Pitchford's earlier shot came of the the top of the net that induced the error and that is how it goes. Earlier Pitchford won a super point by blocking Ghsoh's strong flat hit. Falcons a point away from clinching the first ever title! Tie: 13-5

  • 22:09 (IST)

    Pitchford takes the lead back from 5-7 it is 9-7 to the Brit.

  • 22:08 (IST)

    Ghosh apologises for the ball rising from the net as he wins the point with Pitchford spraying it wide.5-5

  • 22:06 (IST)

    Beauty! Down the line backhand flick by Pitch does it for him. Too good for anyone to bring that back. Falcons just a couple of points away. Tie: 12-5.

  • 22:05 (IST)

    Unbelievable Ghosh he has brough it back from 8-10 to 10-10. He is fighter! What a game! Challengers aren't throwing in the towel just yet. All to be decided on Golden point!

  • 22:04 (IST)

    After two super winners by Ghosh, Pitchford plugs back a point he is up by 2 game points.

  • 22:03 (IST)

    Pitchford is not going to remain quiet as he comes back strongly to take the lead 5-8 in game 2

  • 22:03 (IST)

    Ghosh tries to lift the low ball but doesn't get it right. Puts it into the net. 9-5 to Pitchford.

  • 22:01 (IST)

    Ghosh has come out with an extra ordinary performance, moving swiftly across the lengths of the table and she has managed to beat Liam Pitchford in game 1. Tie score: 11-5. the match will go into 7th match!

  • 21:53 (IST)

     Match 5: Soumyajit Ghosh v Liam Pitchford

  • 21:51 (IST)

    Wu Yang wins the match 3-0 the revenge has been avenged! Falcons 11-5 in the tie. 3 points away from the title.

  • 21:49 (IST)

    Wu Yang is coming hard at Han ying and she is up by three game points. Not looking good for Challengers. Yang smashes it hard is defended the first time and she does it again but the block doesn't come off the next time. 

Preview: After more than two weeks of mouth-watering, jaw dropping and emotion-invoking Ties, it’s finally come down to this – Falcons TTC face Shazé Challengers in the final of  UTT at the NSCI Stadium in Mumbai. Statistically, they are the two best teams in the tournament, and there’s no doubt that it’s going to be a cracking contest on Sunday.

Falcons TTC

Falcons TTC finished the league table with 78 points before coming up with a stellar show to thump DHFL Maharashtra United a couple of days ago. They were rock solid in every department of the Tie and they will be keen to replicate those performances one last time in the tournament.

From delivering consistently for the team to bailing them out whenever they were in trouble - Wu Yang has been a lynchpin for the Falcons in the tournament. Her strong transformation from defence to attack has been a nightmare for the opposition players, as she has struck 51 winners. The 25-year-old’s unmatched consistency would be a big boost for the Falcons, heading into tonight’s final.

Factor in Liam Pitchford’s contributions, that have been equally important for the team. The Englishman won six out of his last seven Matches and he will be looking to carry his stupendous form in tonight’s final.

Sanil Shetty’s performances in the singles category have also caught plenty of eyeballs. The left-handed paddler though, has been vulnerable in the Mixed Doubles. Shetty and Ching have lost all their previous four Matches, and considering the impeccable form of Soumyajit Ghosh and Petrissa Solja, there’s no doubt that the Falcons pair will be in for a stern battle tonight.

Shazé Challengers

Mixed with a great bunch of young and experienced players, Shazé Challengers have been the team to beat in the tournament. A bulk of team’s success in the tournament has been due to the astonishing form of Han Ying. The experienced German paddler has won all the 12 Matches that she has featured in so far, and most of her wins have played a definitive role in shaping the eventual result of the contest.

It remains to be seen whether her breath-taking form will help the team to win the inaugural edition of  UTT.

In addition to Ying, Andrej Gacina, Li Ping and Soumyajit Ghosh have also proven to be the stand out performers for the team so far. Falcons TTC have in-form players in the men’s division, so it’s important for the trio to carry their good form.

Having already tasted success against the Falcons in the group stage, the challengers will surely reflect on their previous performance to take some positives ahead of the big final.

Battle to watch out for

Han Ying vs Wu Yang:

The Match between these two paddlers in the previous Tie has probably been the best Match of the tournament so far. Prior to the clash, Wu Yang had won 21 Games, but Ying not only put an end to that astonishing run, but also won the Match in three mouth-watering Games - 11-10, 11-10 and 11-10. There is no doubt that Yang will be looking to seek revenge and hand Ying her first defeat in UTT.

With two best teams in the tournament facing in the title clash, we’re in for a special show tonight. Shazé Challengers defeated Falcons TTC in the previous Tie, so they might have an edge in tonight’s final.

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Updated Date: Jul 30, 2017 23:32:18 IST