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
  • 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.....

  • 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

  • 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

  • 15:53 (IST)

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

  • 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 

  • 15:50 (IST)

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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 15:00 (IST)

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

  • 14:39 (IST)

    Overlook at the teams after round 3:

    Dabang Smashers T.T.C.: Sakura Mori, Masaki Yoshida 

    RP-SG Mavericks: Doo Hoi Kem, Mattias Karlsson, Harmeet Desai,  

    DHFL Maharashtra United: Kristian Karlsson, Elizabeta Samara, Anthony Amalraj 

    Oilmax-Stag Yoddhas: Chih Yuan Chuang, Sofia Polcanova, Sharath Kamal 

    Shaze Challengers: Lee Ho Ching, Georgina Pota, Simon Gauzy

    Falcons TTC: Bernadette Szocs, Matilda Ekholm 

  • 14:32 (IST)

    Round 3 picks:

    Challengers pick the highest ranked player in the UTT - Simon Gauzy of France. He is world No 8 right now

    Yoddhas pick India's ace paddler Sharath Kamal, 8 time National champion and Commonwealth Gold medallist

    Falcons TTC draft in Matilda Ekholm who played her first senior championship at the age of 23. She is world no 27

    Dabang Smashers rope in Masaki Yoshida of Japan, she is world No. 36

    RP-SG Maverics select Harmeet Desai, the second Indian to be drafted today

    Maharashtra United select Anthony Amalraj 

  • 14:24 (IST)

    7 foreign female players have been picked so far.

  • 14:23 (IST)

    Round 2 picks:

    Maharashtra United select Elizabeta Samara (Romania, World No. 22) as their 2nd pick

    RP-SG Maverics pick World No 31 Mattias Karlsson of Sweden

    Dabang Smashere pick Sakura Mori of Japan, she is World No 19 and India Open double crown winner

    Falcons have their first pick as Bernadette Szocs of Romania

    Yoddhas pick Sofia Polcanova of Austria, she is the No 1 in her country and 21 in the world

    Challengers select Georgina Pota of Germany, she is currently world no 31.

  • 14:04 (IST)

    Round two selection procedure: 

    Maharashtra United will go first, RP-SG Maverics will go 2nd, Dabang Smashers will go third, Falcons will go fourth, Yoddhas will go fifth in selection, Challengers will be sixth.

  • 14:00 (IST)

    At the end of round one, two foreign male and females have been drafted respectively.

  • 13:59 (IST)

    Round 1 selection

    Challengers pick Lee Ho Ching as their first pick. He played for Falcons last season.

    RP-SG Maverics pick Doo Hoi Kem of Hing Kong, she is world no. 11 right now

    Yoddhas pick Chih Yuan Chuang  of Chinese Taipei,  he is no. 18 in the world

    Maharashtra United pick world no. 31 Kristian Karlsson from Sweden

  • 13:53 (IST)

    Round one selection procedure:

    Challengers will be the first team to pick in round one, RP-SG Maverics will go second, Yoddhas will go third, Maharashtra United will go fourth in selection. 

  • 13:48 (IST)

    Retained payers

    Sanil Shetty became first ever retained player of Ultimate Table Tennis who was retained by defending champions Falcons TTC and the second one was Sathiyan Gnanasekaran who was picked up by Dabang Smashers.

  • 13:44 (IST)

    Here is a list of franchises:

    Dabang Smashers T.T.C. 

    RP-SG Mavericks, 

    DHFL Maharashtra United, 

    Falcons TTC, 

    Oilmax-Stag Yoddhas

    Shaze Challengers

    Falcons TTC 

  • 13:43 (IST)

    A franchise has to pick 8 players:

    2 foreign male

    2 Foreign female

    1 Indian male senior,

    1 Indian male youth 

    1 Indian female senior

    1 Indian female youth

  • 13:41 (IST)

    Right! The player draft is about to begin.......

  • 13:38 (IST)

    The players who are back

    Almost 50 percent of the players have re-signed from the last season. The prominent names being: Aruna Quadri, Kou Lei, Sofia Polcanova, Sabine Winter.

  • 13:34 (IST)

    Female (Youth) players:
    1. Archana Kamath, 2. Sreeja Akula, 3. Ayhika Mukherjee, 4. Moumita Dutta, 5. Selena Selvakumar, 6. Prapti Sen, 7. Priyadarshini Das

  • 13:33 (IST)

    Female (Senior) players: 
    1. Manika Batra, 2. Mouma Das, 3. Madhurika Patkar, 4. Pooja Sahasrabudhe, 5. Suthirtha Mukherjee, 6. Ankita Das, 7. Divya Deshpande

  • 13:33 (IST)

    Indian Male (Youth) players: 
    1. Manav Thakkar, 2. Ronit Bhanja, 3. Jeet Chandra, 4. Siddhesh Pande, 5. Utkarsh Gupta, 6. Sanish Ambekar, 7. Ravindra Kotiyan

  • 13:32 (IST)

    Indian Male (Senior) players: 
    1. Sathiyan Gnanasekaran, 2. Soumyajit Ghosh, 3. Harmeet Desai, 4. Sharath Kamal Achanta, 5. Sanil Shetty, 6. Amalraj Anthony, 7. Arjun Ghosh

  • 13:32 (IST)

    Here is a list of female foreign players that are a part of the draft

    1. Doo Hoi Kem (Hong Kong, World No. 11), 2. Lee Ho Ching (Hong Kong, World No. 13), 3. Sakura Mori (Japan, World No. 19), 4. Sofia Polcanova (Austria, World No. 21), 5. Elizabeta Samara (Romania, World No. 22), 6. Bernadette Szocs (Romania, World No. 27) 7. Georgina Pota (Hungary, World No. 31), 8. Matilda Ekholm (Sweden, World No. 37), 9. Adriana Diaz (Puerto Rico, World No. 40), 10. Lily Zhang (USA, World No. 56),   11. Sabine Winter (Germany, World No. 59), 12. Hana Matelova (Czech Republic, World No. 67),

  • 13:30 (IST)

    Here is a list of male foreign players in the draft:

    1. Simon Gauzy (France, World No. 8), 2. Kristian Karlsson (Sweden, World No. 17), 3. Chih Yuan Chuang (Chinese Taipei, World No. 18), 4. Aruna Quadri (Nigeria, World No. 22), 5. Mattias Karlsson (Sweden, World No. 31), 6. Kou Lei (Ukraine, World No.35), 7. Masaki Yoshida (Japan, World No.36), 8. Tiago Apolonia (Portugal, World No.37), 9. Cedric Nuytinck (Belgium, World No.38), 10. Alvaro Robles (Spain, World No. 50), 11. Liam Pitchford (England, World No. 53) 12. Joao Monteiro (Portugal, World No. 55)

  • 13:29 (IST)

    Sathiyan Gnanasekaran and Sanil Shetty have already been retained by their respective franchises. The rules says that a team can retain one player from last season. Surprisingly just two teams opted to retain the players - Dabang Smashers - Sathiyan and Falcons TTC - Sanil Shetty.

  • 13:22 (IST)

    Hello and Welcome to the live coverage of the Ultimate Table Tennis draft. It's the second season of the UTT and the excitement is building up at the NSCI, Mumbai,  where the players, teams and coaches have gathered to take part in the draft. 

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

Representative photo. AFP

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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Updated Date: Mar 28, 2018 16:07:29 IST