Another fabulous day in Ultimate Table Tennis! What a way to start the Delhi leg! Falcons TTC is a formidable side and Shaze Challengers have just shown that anything is possible in this format of the sport and how things can change quickly. Last match between arguably the two best paddlers in the tournament was a testament of literally 'anything can happen' in a Tie. Hope you enjoyed our coverage of Day 9 of Ultimate Table Tennis. And we will continue to bring you live action, updates and scores from Day 10 as Maharashtra United will fight it out against Dabang Smashers tomorrow. Thank you for joining us today, will look forward to your company tomorrow as well. Adios.
Ultimate Table Tennis (UTT) 2017, day 9, highlights: Shaze Challangers thump down Falcons TTC 16-11
Catch all the scores and updates from day 9 of Ultimate Table Tennis 2017 as Shaze Challangers take on Falcons TTC
Almost around the new! Jaw dropping shot by Pitchford as he eyes the short side of the table again and gets it right! Gacina loses a couple of points but has his early winners helped him maintain the lead and take the final game 11-6. Gacina's win makes the last match extremely interesting! Tie score: Challengers 13-11 Falcons)
7- game point for Pitchford and a poor follow up to pitchford's forehand by Ghosh ends the match 1-2 in Falcon's favour. Tie score 9-9. This has been a tight contest so far, will the final result come down to Wu Yang's match again?
And Sojla has won the final game as well! She has comeback in a grand fashion! What a stunning performance from the German. She was agile on her feet and feisty on both her back hand as well as forehand. Challengers lead the tie 8-7.
Li Ping shakes his hand with Gerell gets the next two games! Ping is suffering from an health issue, what has exactly happened to him has not be confirmed, but this is sad end for Li Ping who had fantastic opening match against Sanil Shetty. This means Falcons get all the three points and the tie score is 6-all.
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Before the start of the final match, Wu Yang had won all of her 21 games in the tournament but Hang Ying saved 4 game points in game 2 and in Game no.3 she again saved 2 game points to win the game, match and complete a clean sweep over Wu Yang. Han Ying refused to back down and she beat the unbeatenable.
Preview: In the first Tie of Delhi leg in Ultimate Table Tennis, Shazé Challangers will go up against the mighty Falcons TTC at the Thyagaraj Stadium on Friday.
After making a winning start to their campaign by beating Dabang Smashers, the Challengers lost a thrilling contest to Oilmax-Stag Yoddhas.
Meanwhile, the table toppers Falcons TTC have been the most dominant team in the league, as they won two out of their three matches, including a resounding victory against Oilmax Stag Yoddhas on Wednesday.
There is no denying that the Challengers have to come up with a special performance against the Falcons outfit in order to taste success on Friday. Their encounter against the Yoddhas was evenly poised until the Match 8 with both the teams drawing level at 12-12.
However, in the final Match, despite Petrissa Solja fighting tooth and nail against Doo Hoi Kem, she failed to get the better off the 20-year-old in any of the Games.
Now, on the brighter side, Han Ying has been stupendous for the Challenges, as the German has won all the matches she has featured in so far. Despite being supremely confident, Ying’s real test would probably come against tonight’s opponents and it’s interesting to see whether she could replicate her impressive performances.
Apart from Ying, Soumyajit Ghosh and Andrej Gacina’s contributions were also proved vital in the previous ties and the duo hope to carry their good form tonight.
Falcons TTC, on the other hand, are coming into the clash with a demolishing win over Oilmax-Stag Yoddhas 22-5. The biggest surprise for the Falcons has been the incredible rise of Sanil Shetty, as the talented Mumbai lad hammered Quadri Aruna and got the better of Tiago Apolonia against Mavericks.
It’s interesting to see whether the Challengers will come up with an answer to Shetty’s counter-attacking table tennis tonight.
In addition to Shetty, Wu Yang has also been sensational in the Women’s division. The astonishing fact is that the 25-year-old is yet to lose a Game in the six Matches she has featured so far.
There is no doubt that Yang’s red-hot form would be a big headache for the Challengers going forward.
The Falcons were rock-solid against the Yoddhas and if they come up with the same performance tonight, there’s no doubt that the Challengers are in for a tough time.
With inputs from UTT
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