Ultimate Table Tennis players' draft highlights: Sharath Kamal drafted by Mavericks, Maharashtra United pick Wong Chun Ting

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Ultimate Table Tennis players' draft highlights: Sharath Kamal drafted by Mavericks, Maharashtra United pick Wong Chun Ting
  • 16:08 (IST)

    That's it from the first ever Ultimate Table Tennis player draft!

  • 16:07 (IST)


    Bayside - Wu Yang, Lee Ho Ching, Par Gerell, Sanil Shetty, Liam Pitchford, Suthirtha Mukherjee, Arjun Ghosh, Priyadarshini Das

    Maharashtra United - Wong Chun Ting, Liu Jia, Yu Fu, Harmeet Desai, Joao Monteiro Krittwika Sinha Roy, Pooja Sahasrabudhe, Ronit Bhanja

    Challengers - Han Ying, Petrissa Sokja, Soumyajit Ghosh, Andrej Gacina, Mouma Das, Manav Thakkar, Moumita Dutta, Li Ping

    ​Dabangg Smashers - Marcos Freitas, Hu Melek, Kou Lei, Sathiyan Gnanasekaran, Sathiyan Gnanasekaran, Amalraj Anthony, Madhurika Patkar, Mousumi Paul

    Yoddhas - Doo Hoi Kem, Panagiotis Gionis, Aruna Quadri, Manika Batra, Polina Mikhailova, Jubin Kumar, Abhishek Yadav, Selena Selvakumar

    RP-SG Maverics - Stefan Fegerl, Sharath Kamal, Tiago Apolonia, Sofia Polcanova, Sabine Winter, Archana Kamah, Birdie Boro, Amruta Pushpak

  • 15:59 (IST)

    Bayside pick Priyadarshini Das, that's the final pick of the draft!

  • 15:59 (IST)

    Ronit Bhanja - 19-year-old is picked by Maharashtra United.

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    Challengers pick Li Ping of Qatar. he is world no. 48.

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    Dabang Smashers pick Tetyana Bilenko of Ukraine. She is world no.56. 

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    Yoddhas pick Selena Selvakumar.

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    RP-SG's final pick of the day is Amruta Pushpak.

  • 15:54 (IST)

    We are into the last round of the drafts!

  • 15:53 (IST)

    RP-SG pick Birdie Boro, current India no.2 in U-21 category. 

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    Yoddhas' 7th pick is Abhishek Yadav.

  • 15:51 (IST)

    Dabang Smashers take no time in picking Mousmi Paul, current world no. 300/ 

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    It's Challengers' turn to pick their 7th player. They opt for Moumita Dutta.

  • 15:50 (IST)

    Maharashtra United pick Pune based Pooja Sahasrabudhe.

  • 15:48 (IST)

    Bayside Spinners pick no.4 ranked Indian U-21 player Arjun Ghosh!

  • 15:48 (IST)

    Time for round 7 now!

  • 15:47 (IST)

    Maharashtra United pick Krittwika Sinha Roy as their 6th player.

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    Bayside Spinners opt for Suthirtha Mukherjee as their 6th pick. Her current ranking is 227 in the world.

  • 15:46 (IST)

    RP-SG Maverics pick Archana Kamath, world no. 188. There are handshakes going around their table now.

  • 15:45 (IST)

    It's Yoddhas' turn for their sixth pick and they opt for Jubin Kumar - World no. 357.

  • 15:43 (IST)

    Madhurika Patkar, the current national champion is picked by Dabangg Smashers.

  • 15:43 (IST)

    Challengers get Manav Thakkar as their 6th pick. Thakkar is top ranked Indian U-21 player.

  • 15:42 (IST)

    On to round number 6 now! The first team to get the pick is Challengers.

  • 15:40 (IST)

    Yoddhas pick Polina Mikhailova of Russia with a world rank of 54.

  • 15:39 (IST)

    RP-SG Maverics pick Sabine Winter of Germany. 

  • 15:38 (IST)

    Bayside Spinners pick Liam Pitchford of England. He is currently ranked 51 in world.

  • 15:36 (IST)

    Maharashtra United pick Portugese Joao Monterio. He is world no. 49!

  • 15:35 (IST)

    Challengers pick Mouma Das. She is a two time Olympian and an Arjuna Awardee. Winner of 17 medals at Commonwealth Championships.

  • 15:34 (IST)

    Dabang Smashers pick Amalraj Anthony in the 5th round. He is the only Indian player to play back to back finals in ITTF Challenger series.

  • 15:32 (IST)

    Round 5 begins. Dabang Smashers will pick first!

  • 15:25 (IST)

    We are about to begin in a short while. There is a real buzz inside the hall, a lot of smiling young faces. They seem really excited.

  • 14:53 (IST)

    Picks so far at the end of round 4!

    Bayside - Wu Yang, Lee Ho Ching, Par Gerell, Sanil Shetty

    ​Maharashtra United - Wong Chun Ting, Liu Jia, Yu Fu, Harmeet Desai

    ​Challengers - Han Ying, Petrissa Sokja, Soumyajit Ghosh, Andrej Gacina

    Dabangg Smashers - Marcos Freitas, Hu Melek, Kou Lei, Sathiyan Gnanasekaran

    Yoddhas - Doo Hoi Kem, Panagiotis Gionis, Aruna Quadri, Manika Batra

    RP-SG Maverics - Stefan Fegerl, Sharath Kamal, Tiago Apolonia, Sofia Polcanova

  • 14:49 (IST)

    There is a 15-minute break now. Then we will have the final 4 rounds.

  • 14:48 (IST)

    That's brings us to the end of round 4!

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    Challengers pick Andrej Gacina of Croatia. His current world rank is 38. It's their first foreign pick in men's category.

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    Dabangg Smashers pick Sathiyan Gnanasekaran. He is the first Indian to win a gold in Commonwealth youth games.

  • 14:44 (IST)

    Claps all around as Oilmax Stag Yoddhas pick Manika Batra, She is top ranked Indian women in world ranking. The Indian duo of Manika Batra and Mouma Das created history  at Germany by becoming the first Indian pair to reach the quarterfinals of the World Table Tennis Championships.

  • 14:43 (IST)

    RP-SG Maverics have the 22-year-old Austrian Sofia Polcanova as their 4th pick. 

  • 14:41 (IST)

    Bayside Spinners pick the Indian Sanil Shetty. Winner of 3 bronze medals of 2015 Commenwealth Championships. His Brother Sachin Shetty is coach of RP-SG Maverics. He is world no. 204 right now.

  • 14:40 (IST)

    Bayside Spinners taking a lot of time in strategising, again! 

  • 14:38 (IST)

    Round 4 starts 

    Maharashtra United pick Harmeet Desai,current world rank of 95.

  • 14:33 (IST)

    8 foreign men and 8 women have been drafted. 2 Indian men too drafted so far!

  • 14:32 (IST)

    That's the end of round 3!

  • 14:32 (IST)

    Dabang Smashers pick Kou Lei of Ukraine, she has a world ranking of 24.

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    Challengers' 3rd pick of the draft now and they select Soumyajit Ghosh. He is world no. 84. And is youngest Indian Olympian at the age of 19. 

  • 14:29 (IST)

    It's Maharashtra United's turn now in round 3 and they pick Yu Fu of Portugal. She is world no. 35. 

  • 14:28 (IST)

    Bayside Spinners pick Par Gerell of Sweden. This is their first foreign Men pick. 

  • 14:26 (IST)

    RP-SG Mavericks pick Apolonia Tiago as their 3rd pick. He is called Table Tennis Cristiano Ronaldo! RP-SG have elected both their foreign men players.

  • 14:25 (IST)

    Oilmax Stag Yoddhas pick Aruna Quadri - the current African champion. Yoddhas have elected both their foreign men players now.

  • 14:24 (IST)

    Start of round 3!

Preview: World No. 7 paddler Wong Chun Ting of Hong Kong and womens World No.9 Han Ying of Germany are among the 24 men and women foreign players who will be part of the Ultimate Table Tennis (UTT) to be held in Chennai, Delhi and Mumbai starting on 13 July, it was announced on Monday.

India's Sharath Kamal and Manika Batra will lead the list of 12 men and 12 women from the country out of a strong pool of 48 players. Manika and Mouma Das created history in Germany by becoming the first Indian pair to reach the quarter-finals of the World Table Tennis Championships.

Representational Image. Getty

Representational Image. Getty

The table tennis extravaganza will comprise six franchisees and will be hosted in Chennai (July 13-20), New Delhi (July 21 to 26) with the final leg being held in Mumbai (July 27 to 30).

Each team will have eight players -- four men and four women -- with an equal mix of overseas and Indian players, apart from a foreign and an Indian coach.

"These are exciting times for us at the UTT as we inch closer to the launch of the first ever professional TT league in India. We have received an overwhelming response from foreign players and have a strong pool of Indian talent also," expressed Vita Dani, Chairperson, 11Even Sports, the promoter of the tournament.

There will be 15 league matches, with each tie played on a nine individual match basis. Each individual match will consist of three games on a race to 11 with each game winner being awarded one point.

Each league match will have 27 points to play for and the four franchisees with highest points in the league stage will advance to the semi-finals.

The champion will receive Rs 1 crore, runner-up Rs 75 lakh and the losing semi-finalists Rs 50 lakh each. The remaining Rs 25 lakh, from a total purse of Rs 3 crore, will be presented to individual performers.

Each franchisee will get to pick eight players through a draft that will be conducted on June 9 to ensure balance of strength for each franchisee.

Overseas players:

Men: 1. Wong Chun Ting (Hong Kong, World No. 7), 2. Marcos Freitas (Portugal, World No. 16), 3. Tiago Apolonia (Portugal, World No. 19), 4. Stefan Fegerl (Austria, World No. 21), 5. Kou Lei (Ukraine, World No.24), 6. Panagiotis Gionis (Greece, World No.36), 7. Aruna Quadri (Nigeria, World No. 37), 8. Andrej Gacina (Croatia, World No.38), 9. Par Gerell (Sweden, World No.44), 10. Li Ping (Qatar, World No. 48), 11. Joao Monteiro (Portugal, World No. 49), 12. Liam Pitchford (England, World No. 51)

Women: 1. Han Ying (Germany, World No.9), 2. Wu Yang (China, World No.12), 3. Doo Hoi Kem (Hong Kong, World No.13), 4. Hu Melek (Turkey, World No.15), 5. Liu Jia (Austria, World No. 17), 6. Petrissa Solja (Germany, World No.20), 7. Lee Ho Ching (Hong Kong, World No. 33), 8. Yu Fu (Portugal, World No.35), 9. Li Qian (Poland, World No. 37), 10. Sabine Winter (Germany, World No.39), 11. Polina Mikhailova (Russia, World No.54), 12. Tetyana Bilenko (Ukraine, World No.56)

Indian players:

Men: 1. Sharath Kamal Achanta, 2. Soumyajit Ghosh, 3. Harmeet Desai, 4. Sathiyan Gnanasekaran, 5. Amalraj Anthony, 6. Sanil Shetty, 7. Jubin Kumar, 8. Manav Thakkar, 9. Ronit Bhanja, 10. Birdie Boro, 11. Arjun Ghosh, 12. Abhishek Yadav

Women: 1. Manika Batra, 2. Mouma Das, 3. Madhurika Patkar, 4. Pooja Sahasrabudhe, 5. Suthirtha Mukherjee, 6. Mousumi Paul, 7. Krittwika Sinha Roy, 8. Archana Kamath, 9. Moumita Dutta, 10. Amurtha Pushpak, 11. Priyadarshini Das, 12. Selena Deepti Selvakumar.

Updated Date: Jun 09, 2017 16:09 PM

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