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Wong Chung Ting is the Foreign Player of the Tie. He secured wins in both his matches (2-1) against Jubin Kumar and Aruna Quadri.
Harmeet Desai is the Indian Player of the Tie for clean sweeping Gionis Panagiotis in the opening match of the Tie, becoming the 2nd Indian to beat an overseas player.
That's it! 3 days into the tournament and all the three ties finish with identical score-line (15-12) as Maharashtra United taking the winning honours against Oilmax-Stag Yoddhas
Polina produces whipping backhand and solid defence earns her two more points, but her chop which has worked so well throughout the match goes long and wide and Yu Fu pumps her fists as she wins the match 2-1. Tight game to finish.
Yu Fu's forehand slap shot is too good for Polina's defence, it takes her to 7-10.
Some unplayable backhand smashes has taken Polina to 4 points but a couple of unforced errors and Yu Fu's calm has given her the lead by a point as we go into the final time out.
Polina wins the 2nd game (11-7) to gain a point for her team, she makes the over score 14-12 with just one game to go! She was hard done by some points that took the top of the net and edge of the table but her strong defence and will to fight back has ensured she wins a point!
Tie point here and Polina keeps here in the game, with 9-10, shame she hits it to the side of the table and loses the final point. She is clearly dissapointed!
If Yu wins here, Maharashtra United take an unassailable lead with 14 points. It is 8-10 to Yu Fu now!
Polina goes back and keeps chopping it and then unleashes a vicious smash as she tries to catch Yu who leads 6-4
Match 11: Fu Yu vs Polina Mikhailova
Overall Score: Maharashtra United lead 13-11. With only last match worth 3 points remaining.
Quadri smashes into Wong to take a lead at 10-9 and then Wong hits a strong forehand to get it to the golden point, but Nigerian pulls one back for his side with a final point with a thumping forehand from the side of the table, Wong's return doesn't come off and he cannot get the clean sweep. Wong hits racquet on his head in disappointment.
9-9 now! Tight finish beckons!
Wong Chung Ting pushes Quadri into the far corner and then pushes him further with a forehand with a lot of side spin and draws level at 7 each
We head into the third game as Quadri looks to avoid a clean sweep.
Wong doesn't get on top of the top spinning forehand of Quadri and hits it into the net, to take it into the golden point, but holds his nerve to win the final game! (11-10) Takes a 2-0 lead in 3 games.
9-10 TO Quadri!
What a return by Wong, Quadri brings out the booming forehand, places it into wide corner, Wong stretches and catches Quadri on the wrong foot!
Wong smacks it into Quadri's body and his backhand returngoes long as he leads 7-4.
Wong takes the game 11-7. What a stunning comeback, uses the space beautifully! Opens up to play the forehand and then blocks it with a strong back hand
Wong Chung Ting is World No.8 for a reason, he comes back to lead 7-9
Quadri has started on the front foot with 6-1
Match 8: This is a big one Aruna Quadri vs Wong Chung Ting
Roy's undercut is met with brilliant inside out forehand right into the corner to win all 3 games. Tough for Roy, who has played well in the game! Overall score is 10-11 to Maharashtra United.
Roy isn't dropping her guard, she has been terrific in her defence as well as attack, her counter backhand game is certainly helping her close in on Doo, it is 9-8 in the final game.
Doo's inside out forehand with side spin on it gets her another point!
Fantastic rally by both the paddlers, but Doo prevails with a forehand right in the wide corner, she takes 2nd game (11-5) and wins the match with one to play.
Doo brings out the attacking game but Roy's block is too good a return for Doo, brilliant point, makes 3-2
Roy pulled 3 points to bring it from 10-6 to 10-9, but chops it just long of the table, Yoddha's Doo gets the first game 11-9
High ball from Roy and Doo doesn't miss out to bring out the big forehand smash.
Roy is pushing Doo Hoi Kem with 7-6
Match 7: Doo Hoi Kem takes on Krittwika Sinha Roy
Wong Chung Ting takes the third game with authority! He wins the final game 4-11 and with that Match6. Overall score United lead 11 to Yoddhas 7.
Wong smashes it into the net, but he still leads 9-4.
Wong has returned strongly here, taking all first 6 points!
What are we seeing here! Jubin Kumar is pumped and why not? He has beaten Wong Chung Ting 11-8, flurry of amazing shots! His powerful forehand is no match for Wong Chung's defence. 3rd game is all to play for!
Wong takes the first game 11-7 but not before facing resistance from Kumar!
Stunning from Kumar, forehand by Kumar into Wong's body and then a crunching cross court back hand gets him close to Wong (6-8)
Wong strong forehand climbs on Kumar and he cannot keep it down, he leads 7-4.
Here is the tournament's highest rank player dazzling for Maharashtra United.
Match 6: Jubin Kumar, World no. 382 vs Wong Chung Ting (World no.8)
Maharashta United Liu Jia wins it with a massive forehand, loses match 5 but wins a crucial point for his side.
It comes down to the golden point. Doo Hei Kem's inside out forehand followed by strong same side backhand gets her close to winning all 3 games
Lovely! Forehand topspin by Doo, it is too good for Liu Jia, can she make a comeback? She trails 7-9.
Liu Jia has returned strongly in the last game she loses the last point as it bobbles up from the net but she leads the final game 5-7.
Doo Hoi Kem wins another point for the Yoddhas. She is reducing the overall gap, as now it stands 6-8. She wins the 2nd game 11-7.
Doo is pumped and why not as she is running away with the 2nd game, she hits it close to the straight white line as Liu returns it long.
Doo takes the first game 11-5. She has defended with a steady back hand and attacked with a furious foehand. Liu has made a lot of unforced errors.
Preview: After two days of sheer thrill that kept the Table Tennis buffs in Chennai city glued to their seats, the third day of Ultimate Table Tennis will witness a battle of equals in DHFL Maharashtra United vs Oilmax-Stag Yoddhas.
While DHFL Maharashtra United boasts of top foreign draw and World No. 8 Wong Chun Ting in their ranks alongside Liu Jia. The other foreign players Joao Monteiro and Yu Fu are both part of the top 50 in the men’s and women’s category respectively.
World no.8 Wong Chun Ting prepares for Ultimate Table Tennis match against Oilmax Stag-Yoddhas
Their Indian contingent features a youthful brigade in Harmeet Desai, Ronit Bhanja, Krittwika Sinha Roy and Pooja Sahasrabudhe. Desai brings a great sense of eagerness to win as his own rise has been rather meteoric considering he broke into the top 100 in the world rankings at a very early stage in his career. He will look to showcase his attacking brand of table tennis in the competition.
Ronit Bhanja is another hot prospect who has to his credit a 5th place finish at World Junior Circuit finals. Their 23-year-old Krittwika Roy is a Fajr Cup champion and is well known for her all-round game. Rounding off the group of home talents is Pooja Sahasrabudhe, the 2008 Commonwealth Youth Games Silver medallist and World TT Championships Gold medallist in the 2nd division. “We do have a strong team with vibrant set of youthful players. But going by how the League has begun, with some predictable and not so predictable results, I think a lot will depend on how we plan against our opponents,” expressed Coach Arup Basak who helped team India win 13 medals at the Commonwealth Championships 2013 and secure a promotion for his team to the first division in the World Team Championships. He will be joined by foreign coach Ferenc Karsai who is one of the best European coaches.
The Oilmax-Stag Yoddhas, on the other hand, possess the right balance in terms of experience and youth. In Abhishek Yadav and Jubin Kumar, the Yoddhas have two highly talented players who love to attack. Abhishek is only 21 but he has been turning heads in the country with his prowess that includes a bronze in the Asian Youth Games 2013. He is also one of the few players who prefers to employ the pen hold grip. On the other hand, Jubin will be eager to make his mark. The lad from Chandigarh had bagged gold in the men’s category in World Youth Table Tennis Festival (2002-03) held in Hungary,.
Manika Batra and Selena Selvakumar complete the set of Indian talent. Manika is currently the highest placed Indian player as per the ITTF World Ranking in the women’s category. It’s of little surprise since she has bagged medals at the Asian and international level and even managed to qualify for the 2016 Olympics in Rio. The youngest player in the team, Selena Selvakumar, at the age of 17 has already tasted success in various levels. She won three gold medals in the 2016 Qatar World Junior Circuit and bagged 2 gold, 1 silver and 1 bronze in the National Championships 2016.
With a perfect blend of attacking and defensive styles of play, Panagiotis Gionis and Aruna Quadri, — ranked 19th and 29th respectively — will bring their vast international experience to the table. Panagiotis is the most experienced player in the squad at the age of 37 and has represented his country in four consecutive Olympics from 2004 to 2016. His experience will come in handy in crucial moments.
As for the international women, Doo Hoi Kem of Hong Kong has bagged gold in the ITTF World Tour Croatia Open 2016 and she will be a very tough opponent to beat. Partnering the world No. 28 Hoi Kem is Polina Mikhailova of Russia, currently ranked 64th in the world. “Our team players complement each other. While we have players who possess great defensive skill, we also have those with fierce attacking abilities that makes us a perfect mix. The versatility of our youth and experience gives us confidence for a positive start,” expressed coach Sandeep Gupta. He will be joined by Vesna Ojstersek, who was the head coach of Slovenia’s national women team for 6 years.