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Ultimate Table Tennis League 2018, Players draft, highlights: Sharath Kamal drafted by Yoddhas, Challengers get Simon Gauzy

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Ultimate Table Tennis League 2018, Players draft, highlights: Sharath Kamal drafted by Yoddhas, Challengers get Simon Gauzy

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Mar 28, 2018 - 16:07 (IST)

That's it from us. Thanks for joining in. We look forward to another intriguing season of the UTT which starts from 14 June. Thank you and Good bye.....

Mar 28, 2018 - 16:05 (IST)

Final list of players drafted in the second edition of the UTT:

Dabang Smashers T.T.C.: Sakura Mori, Masaki Yoshida, Manika Batra, Adriana Diaz, Archana Kamath, Sanish Ambekar, Cedric Nuytinck

RP-SG Mavericks: Doo Hoi Kem, Mattias Karlsson, Harmeet Desai, Kou Lei, Ayhika Mukherjee, Mouma Das, Siddhesh Pande, Sabine Winter

DHFL Maharashtra United: Kristian Karlsson, Elizabeta Samara, Anthony Amalraj, Madhurika Patkar, Joao Monteiro, Lily Zhang, Selena Selvakumar, Utkarsh Gupta

Oilmax-Stag Yoddhas: Chih Yuan Chuang, Sofia Polcanova, Sharath Kamal, Aruna Quadri, Hana Matelova, Pooja Sahasrabudhe, Sreeja Akula, Ravindra Kotiyan

Shaze Challengers: Lee Ho Ching, Georgina Pota, Simon Gauzy, Manav Thakar, Tiago Apolonia, Divya Deshpande, Arjun Ghosh, Prapti Sen

Falcons TTC: Bernadette Szocs, Matilda Ekholm, Liam Pitchford, Alvaro Robles, Sutirtha Mukherjee, Ronit Bhanja, Priyadarshini Das

Mar 28, 2018 - 15:58 (IST)

Round 8 picks:

Maharashtra United select Utkarsh Gupta

RP-SG Maverics retain Sabine Winter of Germany, she is world no. 59 currently

Smashers select Belgium's Cedric Nuytinck who is world no 40

Falcons draft in Priyadarshini Das

Yoddhas select Ravindra Kotiyan

Challengers with the final pick of the draft and they rope in Prapti Sen

Mar 28, 2018 - 15:53 (IST)

We are onto the final round now.......

Mar 28, 2018 - 15:53 (IST)

Round 7 picks:

Yoddhas select Sreeja Akula

Challengers rope in Arjun Ghosh who played for Falcons last season

Maharashtra United draft in Selena Selvakumar who played for Yoddhas last season

RP-SG Maverics select youth player Siddhesh Pande

Smashers go for Sanish Ambekar

Falcons draft in Ronit Bhanja 

Mar 28, 2018 - 15:50 (IST)

All female senior players have been drafted now.....

Mar 28, 2018 - 15:49 (IST)

Round 6 picks:

Falcons TTC retain current India No.1 Suthirtha Mukherjee

Smashers in young talent Archana Kamath

RP-SG Maverics rope in Indian veteran Mouma Das, she played for Challengers last season

Maharashtra United draft in young Lily Zhang of USA who is ranked 56 in the world

Challengers select new comer Divya Deshpande

Yoddhas rope in Pooja Sahasrabudhe

Mar 28, 2018 - 15:44 (IST)

Round 5 picks:

RP-SG Maverics pick Indian youth player Ayhika Mukherjee

Maharashtra United decide to retain world no. 58 Joao Monteiro of Portugal

Challengers get Tiago Apolonia who played for Maverics last season. He is from Portugal and is currently ranked 37 in the world.

Yoddhas draft in world no 67 Hana Matelova of Czech Republic

Falcons rope in Alvaro Robles of Spain, the world no. 50.

Samshers draft in Adriana Diaz of Puerto Rico, World No. 40 and the youngest Olympian

Mar 28, 2018 - 15:34 (IST)

Round no 4 picks: 

Dabang Smashers pick Manika Barta, highest ranked Indian female player in the world

Falcons select Liam Pitchford of England, so he comes back to his previous franchise. He has been in very good form in the international arena of late

Yoddhas draft in Aruna Quadri of Nigeria. He is world no. 22 and in red hot form.

Challengers rope in Manav Thakkar, world no 2 in the junior circuit and a talent to watch out for. 

Maharashtra United pick Madhurika Patkar 

RP-SG Maverics draft in Kou Lei of Ukraine, world no. 35

Mar 28, 2018 - 15:00 (IST)

There is a bit of a delay as there is confusion wih respect to the draft selection routine.....

Come June, some of the world’s finest table tennis stars will descend on Indian soil for the much-awaited second season of Ultimate Table Tennis. The country’s first ever professional table tennis league was very well received by all the players, respective International Federations and audiences in its inaugural season.

Ultimate Table Tennis League 2018 Players draft highlights Sharath Kamal drafted by Yoddhas Challengers get Simon Gauzy

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Reflecting the excitement for the tournament among players, four of last year’s players- men’s world No 20 Aruna Quadri & world No 34 Kou Lei along with women’s world no. 22 Sofia Polcanova and world no. 72 Sabine Winter will return for the second edition. A few new signing have been made to the second season as well with the most notable players being men’s world no. 37 Alvaro Robles from Spain along with women’s world no. 20 Georgina Pota and world No 25 Matilda Ekholm who have previously been a part of Seamaster ITTF India Open. Sweden's Matilda Ekholm and Hungary's Georgina Pota had won the doubles title at Seamaster 2017 ITTF World Tour India Open in New Delhi

African Champion and one of the best offensive players on the table, Aruna Quadri, has had a great run in 2017 having won the Polish Open and achieved a World ranking of 20- the best in his career so far. He played for Oilmax Stag Yoddhas in the inaugural season where he went on to win a total of 198 points for his team. Oilmax Stag Yoddhas finished last season at fifth place.

Joining Aruna for the second edition of UTT is World No. 34 Kou Lei who plied his trade alongside Marcos Freitas for the Dabang Smashers T.T.C. Kou Lei recently won the Oman Fibre Optic International Open held in Muscat. He scored a total of 174 points during the first edition to help Dabang Smashers T.T.C reach third position in the league. Women’s world no. 22 Sofia Polcanova and world no. 72 Sabine Winter are back for the second season as well. They played alongside ace Indian paddler Sharath Kamal for RP-SG Mavericks last season and together scored 416 points for the team that finished at the bottom of the league table.

The six franchises for UTT are Dabang Smashers T.T.C., RP-SG Mavericks, DHFL Maharashtra United, Falcons TTC, Oilmax-Stag Yoddhas and Shaze Challengers. Falcons TTC emerged champions of the inaugural Ultimate Table Tennis.

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