Ultimate Table Tennis (UTT) 2017, day 12, highlights: Shazè Challengers prevail 15-12 over Maharashtra United

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Ultimate Table Tennis (UTT) 2017, day 12, highlights: Shazè Challengers prevail 15-12 over Maharashtra United
  • 23:02 (IST)

    That brings us to the end of Day 12 of Ultimate Table Tennis. Shaze Challengers coming on top of Maharashtra United. Once again, Han Ying was once the star performer so was Anrej Gacina, while Li Ping got the better of Wong Chun Ting, who has not really live up to his hype as well as his world ranking. Tomorrow Oilmax-Stag Yoddhas will line up against Dabang Smashers T.T.C. in the final match in Delhi, post which the action shifts to Mumbai. 

    Join us here from 7:30 onwards tomorrow as we look forward to your company, until then it is goodbye from us.

  • 22:54 (IST)

    Andrej Gacina wins the Foreign Player of the Tie

  • 22:54 (IST)

    Mouma Das is adjudged as the Indian Player of the Tie

  • 22:53 (IST)

    Highlights of Han Ying's Match 7, she has been scintillating in this tournament

  • 22:51 (IST)

    Shaze Challengers walk past Maharashtra United 15-12

  • 22:44 (IST)

    Han Ying is down by 2 game points aaanndd its long. Fu Yu is a relieved woman. It can be draining to play against a chopper. Ying takes the match 2-1.

  • 22:42 (IST)

    Fu Yu is leading in the final game for the first time. 8-5 to her. Ying is tested with some smash and she has returned with some ease. If Fu Yu manages to win here, it will be a huge morale for herself and the team.

  • 22:40 (IST)

    It looks like it is going to be one way traffic as far as Han Ying. The second game belongs to Ying too. Challengers keep adding more points to their tally.  

  • 22:33 (IST)

    Fu Yu saves a couple of match points but Han Ying wins the game and that's that as far as the winner of the tie is concerned it is Challengers night 14-11. How many more can they get?

  • 22:31 (IST)

    Ying's game is pretty simple, keep chopping till the opponent wilts. The simple the game looks the more difficult it is to execute and she has done with utmost ease and to unbelievable good effect.

  • 22:27 (IST)

    Wong Chun Ting hasn't had the best of the times in UTT as the top loses another match, this time against Li Ping.

  • 22:23 (IST)

    Match 9: Han Ying v Fu Yu

  • 22:23 (IST)

    Wong's smash is defended well and then unfurls a smash himself, which Wong has no answer to. And Li Ping has defeated the World No. 8, takes the match 2-1 after losing the first game. Tie score: Challengers just 1 point away from taking the Tie 13-11

  • 22:20 (IST)

    Big point by Li Ping there. Han Ying will come out to play the final match against Fu Yu, the tie is tilting towards Challengers.

  • 22:16 (IST)

    Li Ping leading the 2nd game 9-6. Wong has played some incredible table tennis but rarely has the top seed ran away 3-0 in the match. Ping wins the game 11-9. Final game to be the decider.

  • 22:12 (IST)

    Here's some more video highlights of few matches that happened some time ago:

  • 22:11 (IST)

    Wong races away in the first game to 8 points to Ping's 2. He was up by 6 game points and wins it with a fortunate point of the top of the net and he raises his hand to acknowledge it. United draw level 11-11 in the tie

  • 22:09 (IST)

    Match 8: Wong Chun Ting (United) v Li Ping (Challengers)

  • 22:04 (IST)

    Saharasrabudhe has absolutey no answer to Han Ying's outstanding defensive play. She wins game 3(11-5) Challengers back in the two point lead. (12-10)

  • 21:58 (IST)

    Pooja has tried the push game this time around rather than just attacking. But that doesn't help her win the game, but lose with a bit more points to her name (11-7) The game ends with a lackluster flat hit into the net by Pooja. Han Ying maintains her unbeaten run.

  • 21:53 (IST)

    World no. 9 doesn't have to break a sweat to win the first game 11-3. Challengers are back in the tie (9-10) but United still lead.

  • 21:52 (IST)

    Some highlights to catch as to how things have fared so far:

  • 21:51 (IST)

    Han Ying has chopped her way to 5 points to Pooja's 1.

  • 21:47 (IST)

    Match 7 - Pooja Shasrabudhe (United) v Han Ying (Challengers)

  • 21:46 (IST)

    From 5-0 to 8-1 to 9-11. Only Wong Chun Ting could have pull that performance off! He is the top seed for a reason. Tie is now United's favour (10-8)

  • 21:41 (IST)

    Across the chest and Ghosh releases a back hand on the short side of the table and then  he returns a down the line back hand flick of Wong's serve. Ghosh leads 9-5. Incredible!

  • 21:38 (IST)

    Stunning! Now Ghosh on the brink of a win! He has taken the game 11-2. Where did that come from?!

  • 21:34 (IST)

    Few of Ghosh's strokes haven't really connected well and Wong extends United's lead to 9-7 in the Tie. The first game is won by Wong (11-8)

  • 21:33 (IST)

    Wong has not exact ran away with this and Ghosh continue to mount pressure, Wong lead 7-5.

  • 21:31 (IST)

    A little break off the top of the net gives Wong the 2nd point. Score: 2-1.

  • 21:30 (IST)

    Match 6: Soumyajit Ghosh (Challengers) v Wong Chung Ting (United)

  • 21:27 (IST)

    Solja was up by two game points, ready to win the vital point, but Liu Jia takes it into the golden point and win it from there. Maharashtra United take the lead in the tie 8-7.

  • 21:24 (IST)

    Tighter finish beckons this time! Solja has led in the final game! 8-6.

  • 21:18 (IST)

    Liu Jia's onslaught is too hot for Solja, she pumps her fists at every point and comes harder every time. Takes 2nd game 11-5 again! Tie score leveled 7-7

  • 21:14 (IST)

    Little break for Liu Jia, takes the top of the net and Solja has to make a last minute adjustment, she it smashes it long. Jia apologises but United have won the point. Challengers 7-6 United.

  • 21:13 (IST)

    Close to net stuff initially and then liu Jia pushes her opponent on the back foot and Solja misses it. She leads 8-3.

  • 21:12 (IST)

    The nimble footed Liu Jia is up by 4 points. Score 6-2.

  • 21:10 (IST)

    Match 5: Liu Jia v Petrissa Solja

  • 21:06 (IST)

    Monteiro takes the final game after dashing in the final game. The paddler from Croatia dropped his guard a little and the Portugese pounced on it, he was leading 8-1 at one point. So that gives another point to Maharashtra United, Tie score favouring 7-5 to Challengers

  • 21:05 (IST)

    Gacina has reached the 200-point mark, he has won a string of points Gacina 7-9 Monteiro. Getting tight.

  • 21:02 (IST)

    WOW! How quickly things change here? Monteiro has stormed to 8-2 lead in the final game. Can Gacina find another magical comeback?

  • 20:58 (IST)

    Oooh!! Gacina is at his rollicking best! He is up by 3 game points. Unplayable returns, Monteiro hasn't done anything wrong, he has just ran into an in form Gacina. Stunning!! He has taken the second game 11-9. Challengers have taken a three point lead in the tie - 7-4.

  • 20:56 (IST)

    Monteiro has taken an early advantage in the second game, but couple of beautiful shots by Gacina, especially that parallel backhand shot played down the line has brought him back into it. 7-6 to Monteiro.

  • 20:54 (IST)


  • 20:52 (IST)

    In the battle between the two Europeans, Croatia's Gacina has taken the first game 11-6. Gacina has been spot on today. His personal score has been 4/4.

  • 20:48 (IST)

    Here is another look from that beauty for Mouma Das! My word!

  • 20:44 (IST)

    Joao Monteiro (United) v Anrej Gacina (Challengers)

  • 20:43 (IST)

    After two dominant performance by Desai and Liu, no one really expect Ghosh and Sojla to come back, maybe they did. Indombitable display of grit to comeback, the result takes Challengers 5 to United's 4 after Match 3.

  • 20:38 (IST)

    What a dominant display of Table Tennis by Desai and Liu Jia. Absolutely ruthless, they have ran away 11-2 in the 2nd game. United have clawed their way back with 4 consecutive wins!

  • 20:36 (IST)

    Desai and Liu Jia win the first game comfortably. Ghosh and Solja haven't looked their best today. (Tie: still in Challengers favour 3-4)

Preview: In the Penultimate day of the Delhi leg in CEAT Ultimate Table Tennis, DHFL Maharashtra United square off against the Shazè Challengers at the Thyagaraj Stadium in Delhi on Monday. After two back-to-back wins, United suffered a shocking 11-16 defeat at the hands of Dabang Smashers, while the Shazè Challengers are heading into the fixture after a comprehensive victory against the table-toppers Falcons TTC in their previous game.

For DHFL Maharashtra United, the biggest concern heading into the clash is the troublesome form of the tournament’s highest seed, Wong Chun Ting. The 25-year-old has endured three defeats in the last four Matches. Surprisingly, the Indian opponents are proving to be tough for Ting, as two of his defeats were against Sharath Kamal and Sathiyan Gnanasekaran.

 Ultimate Table Tennis (UTT) 2017, day 12, highlights: Shazè Challengers prevail 15-12 over Maharashtra United

File photo of DHFL Maharashtra United's Harmeet Desai. Image courtesy: Maharashtra United via Twitter

Chun Ting will look to bounce back against the Challengers and get a few wins under his belt. Harmeet Desai, who has been a revelation for United, succumbed to defeat in both the Singles and mixed doubles category against the Smashers. The talented Indian paddler will be desperate to claim a few points in today’s Tie.

In the Women’s division, the men in Orange rely a lot on Fu Yu, but the experienced Chinese paddler has been blowing hot and cold in the tournament so far. She thumped Tetyana Bilenko, 3-0 in the previous Tie, before suffering a shocking defeat against India’s Madhurika Patkar. Yu has to come good along with Liu Jia in order to taste success in today’s encounter.

Meanwhile, Shazè Challengers pulled off an emphatic victory against Falcons TTC, thanks to Han Ying’s stunning victory against the dominant Wu Yang in the final Match of the Tie. The experienced German paddler plagued Yang with her breathtaking defensive rallies, and sealed all three points in a mouth-watering contest.

Ying is the only player in CEAT UTT to have not lost a Match, and no doubt, that her outrageous form will be a big headache for DHFL Maharashtra United going into the clash.

Andrej Gaciana and Soumyajit Ghosh have will hope to find form in today’s Tie, as both the players suffered defeats in the previous Tie against Falcons TTC.

DHFL Maharashtra United are placed sixth in the league table, while Shazè Challengers sit fifth, having played three Ties each. It’s going to be a tricky contest, but there is no denying that Shazè Challengers have an upper hand after thrashing the table toppers, Falcons TTC in their Previous Tie.

The CEAT UTT Tie between Shazè Challengers and Maharashtra United will be shown LIVE on Star Sports Select 2 HD, Star Sports Select 2, Hotstar and Jio TV.

Updated Date: Jul 24, 2017 23:02:36 IST