Ultimate Table Tennis (UTT) 2017, highlights day 4: Dabang Smashers win their first tie 14-13 against Falcons TTC

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Ultimate Table Tennis (UTT) 2017, highlights day 4: Dabang Smashers win their first tie 14-13 against Falcons TTC
  • 23:18 (IST)

    Couldn't have asked for a tighter finish as Dabang Smashers win their first Tie with 14 points out of a possibel 27 and Falcons get the remaining 13 points. Some remarkable performances by players from both teams Marcos Freitas of Dabang Smashers and Wu Yang of Falcons TTC did not drop a point, while Sanil Shetty had an off day, other Indians in Sathiyan Gnanasekaran representing Smashers pulled off an upset to beat Par Gerell. Special mention of Arjun Ghosh, the 406th rank Indian came off as a late substitute to win the opening game of match 8 against 28th ranked Ukraine's Kou Lei almost pulling off a heist in the end, but missed out on the golden point to take away the match. Thank you for tuning in, hope you guys, enjoyed our coverage. We will be covering tomorrow's tie as well, as Oilmax-Stag Yoddhas will battle against Shaze Challengers at 7:30 PM IST. Ciao.

  • 23:18 (IST)

    Here is the final look at how things unfolded on Day 4 between Falcons TTC and Dabang Smashers TTC:

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    Marcos Freitas is named the Foreign Player of the Tie.

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    Sathiyan Gnanasekaran is named the Indian Player of the Tie.

  • 22:54 (IST)

    Closely fought contest! Hardly to chose anything between the two sides as the Tie ends with just a point seperating the two sides

  • 22:51 (IST)

    Dabang Smashers TTC win 14-13 against Falcons TTC

  • 22:50 (IST)

    Though Wu Yang completes a clean sweep for Falcons TTC in Match no.9 but Dabang Smashers win the tie.

  • 22:47 (IST)

    Agony for Kim Song I as her back hand flick is obstructed by the net and Wu Yang keeps her record intact of not dropping a game! She has been such a delight to watch! Peerless in her defence and has the surprise attacking forehand that brings her many points.

  • 22:45 (IST)

    Into the Golden Point! Wu Yang slices it wide of the table!

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    Tight finish beckons, it is 9-10 to Wu Yang.

  • 22:43 (IST)

    Wu Yang was leading the final game 5-2, but Kim Song I has fought back to take the lead to 8-9. Wu Yang has not dropped a game in the tournament so far 

  • 22:37 (IST)

    Kim wins a couple of points and after a string of defensive chops , she pivots and tries it swat it down the line but the side spin on the ball didn't allow her to get all of it, hits it out and she is up against 4 game points and as we speak she ends up netting it. Wu Yang takes game 2 11-6.

  • 22:35 (IST)

    Wu Yang serves with the inverted rubber and brings out the before forehand and Kim's return goes wide, Wang leads 6-4.

  • 22:34 (IST)

    Something for everyone! Nice gesture by the Smasher's captain

  • 22:32 (IST)

    Kim Song I's chop smash will remain the highlight of the first game of the Final match, as Wu Yang takes the first game 7-11.

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    Two choppers are showing some classy defensive table tennis as  Yang leads 9-6.

  • 22:28 (IST)

    The team can certainly be proud of his performance

  • 22:27 (IST)

    Smashers have taken 14 points of the Tie and have taken an infallible, but there are 3 important points to play for, Falcons need to get as close as possible and they might with the top draw Wu Yang comes out to take on Kim Song I for the last match 9 of the day.

  • 22:22 (IST)

    Kou Lei has done extremely well to pull back the last two games! Champion stuff! But Arjun Ghosh has made his announcement loud and clear with a shocking performance to come in as substitute and winning the first game!

  • 22:20 (IST)

    Quick rally and Ghosh smashes a low ball into the net, Kou Lei leads 9-3

  • 22:19 (IST)

    Edge of the table and the chair umpires ruled it in the favour of Kou Lei but Kou Lei said that the point belongs to Ghosh as he touches some part of the table and that is a heart-warming sight of sportsman ship in an high voltage game!

  • 22:18 (IST)

    Ghosh cannot gather the final point as Kou Lei wins the golden point, it is all down to third game.

  • 22:17 (IST)

    Ghosh is on Game point! But he has hit it into the net. It has gone down into the golden point.

  • 22:15 (IST)

    Kou Lei buries a strong forehand to stitch a come back, he makes it 7-7.

  • 22:15 (IST)

    Ghosh is pumped and why not!? He is yelling, screamming and celebrating every point. He is quick with top spin forehand and with his backhand flick and he leads 2nd game 7-4.

  • 22:12 (IST)

    What a we seeing here! Ghosh out of no where is defending 6 game pointys and takes the first game! World no. 406 thumps World no. 24 (11-4)

  • 22:10 (IST)

    Match 9: Arjun Ghosh gets ready to face off against Kou Lei!

  • 22:04 (IST)

    Sheer Domination by the international star, Kim Song I has no problem in taking the third game and all 3 points for Smashers. Overall scoreboard reads in Smasher's favour 12-9. 

  • 22:02 (IST)

    Long back hand rally as Mukherjee negates the spin on the ball carefully, but Kim changes her stance, quickly opens her body to drop the smash! She leads 8-3

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    Or does Mukherjee have any surprises up her sleeves 

  • 21:58 (IST)

    Super return by Mukherjee to reduce the point gap, but it was never going to threat Kim Song I as she takes the second game 11-4.

  • 21:57 (IST)

    Kim Song I is dominating the game, she has unleashed some surprising aggressive strokes to catch Mukherjee off guard and her defensive play has frustrated the Indianas she leads 10-3.

  • 21:56 (IST)

    Update: Liam Pitchford who was scheduled to play the next game will not be playing the game as he seems to struggle with dehydration, Arjun Ghosh likely to replace.

  • 21:53 (IST)

    Kim Song I takes the first game comfortably as Mukherjee missed out to drill the ball with her forehand smash, she got on the top of it alright, but smashes it just wide. 

  • 21:51 (IST)

    Strong rally but a tame finish as Mukherjee hit it straight into the net, she trails against the defensive Kim 9-3.

  • 21:51 (IST)

    Match 7: Kim Song I vs Sutirtha Mukherjee 

  • 21:49 (IST)

    Incredible performance by the 24-year old Sathiyan Gnanasekaran to beat a player who is, almost 70 ranks, above him.

  • 21:44 (IST)

    Amazing scenes here at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Chennai, Sathiyan has done the unthinkable, he has beaten Par Gerell, the winner of bronze medal in European Championship. Incredible! Tie score 9-9

  • 21:43 (IST)

    What a point!! Incredible rally and Sathiyan has come good one more time, extra ordinary table tennis! Gerell goes back a gives the ball a lot of side spin, but Sathiyan has managed to get behind the ball and smash it from a ball that was rising over his head!

  • 21:40 (IST)

    Strong comeback by Sathiyan as he leads 5-1, he is really charged up as she yells loudly after winning every point! 

  • 21:39 (IST)

    Gerell skies it a couple of times, but Sathiyan holds his nerve as Gerell finally skies it really wide.

  • 21:38 (IST)

    Sathiyan does well to save 4 game points, but the big forehand for Gerell gets him the second game, Sathiyan returns it wide.

  • 21:36 (IST)

    Fast reflexes by Gerell, smashes towards Sathiyan's body, is quickly cruising towards game point. 10-4.

  • 21:35 (IST)

    Gerell's inside out shot earns him the fifth point as Sathiyan now trails in the second game 1-5. Gerell is slowly getting into his groove!

  • 21:32 (IST)

    Sathiyan Gnanasekaran lets out a scream as he takes the game 11-7. Third time a Indian has got the better of a foreign player.

  • 21:30 (IST)

    The Falcon captain strings 4-points on a trot, puts the pressure back on Sathiyan, it 10-7 to the local boy.

  • 21:29 (IST)

    Gerell return sit wide on a couple of occasions as Sathiyan is off to 8 points and Gerell still to open his scoring. 

  • 21:28 (IST)

    Gerell starts with the pendulum serve, but still hasn't had any points to show as he trails 4-0

  • 21:27 (IST)

    Match 6: Par Gerell against local boy Sathiyan Gnanasekaran

  • 21:26 (IST)

    After looking good in the 1st game, Bilenko goes down vs Lee. Loses 5-11 as Falcons go ahead 8-7 in the Tie.

Preview: An upbeat Falcons TTC will take on confident Dabang Smashers T.T.C on Day 4 of Ultimate Table Tennis to be played in Nehru Indoor Stadium in Chennai on Sunday.

Sanil Shetty of Falcons TTC in action during the Tie 1 match of the Ultimate Table Tennis league played between RP-SG Mavericks and Falcons TTC. Ultimate Table Tennis

Sanil Shetty of Falcons TTC in action during the Tie 1 match of the Ultimate Table Tennis league played between RP-SG Mavericks and Falcons TTC. Ultimate Table Tennis

Riding on a pumped up performance from India's Sanil Shetty and China’s Wu Yang, Falcons TTC made a comeback win after trailing 5-7 half way through in their first tie against RP-SG Mavericks. “Wu Yang’s 3-0 win over Sabine in the fifth game was a great confidence booster for the entire team. No doubt it was inspirational as at this point we took lead in the tie,” explained Shetty.

The next match Shetty created an upset beating world No. 31 Tiago Apolonia which gave Falcons a 2-point cushion over RP-SG Mavericks. “Wu kept a clean slate in her next game (against Archana Kamath) which brought us closer to winning the tie. The team was pumped after that and the eventual result was a satisfying 15-12 win over Mavericks,” said Shetty. The 27-year old knows it’s a long way to go in the league with four more games to play, the next coming up against Dabang Smashers T.T.C on Sunday.

The Dabang Smashers T.T.C did not finish on the right side of their opening Tie after losing 15-12 to Shaze Challengers and they will be looking to get 14 or more points on Sunday.

On his team's upcoming fixture Shetty feels it would be a great contest as their opponents pulled back from being down by 6-12 to ending the contest at 12-15 against Shazé Challengers on Friday night. “Kim Song I and Marcos (Freitas) did incredible to bring them back in the contest. The last tie between Tetyana and Petrissa was anyone’s game. Points don’t tell the real story about how well Dabang played actually,” Shetty explained.

The Mumbai lad still feels his team Falcons TTC is equipped to match Dabang Smashers T.T.C in all departments and looks forward to playing them.

Updated Date: Jul 16, 2017 23:18 PM

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