Ultimate Table Tennis (UTT) 2017, highlights: Maharashtra United go down 11-16 against Dabang Smashers T.T.C.

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Ultimate Table Tennis (UTT) 2017, highlights: Maharashtra United go down 11-16 against Dabang Smashers T.T.C.
  • 23:18 (IST)

    Enjoy some highlights of Day 10 of UTT

  • 23:18 (IST)

    Another enthralling day of Table Tennis comes to an end with some absolutely wondrous Table Tennis by Dabang Smashers T.T.C as well as Maharashtra United. Wong Chun Ting had a rough day, but you would expect the top seed to come backj strong in the upcoming games. G Sathiyan, Madhurika Patkar and Marcos Freitas deserve a round of an applause. RP-SG Mavericks will fight against Oilmax-Stag Yoddhas as we move into the last week of this fine tournament. Thank you for tuning in, we hope to see you tomorrow as well, we will be live blogging the match from 7:15 PM onwards. Good night!

  • 23:09 (IST)

    Marcos Freitas has been named the Foreign Player of the Tie.

  • 23:09 (IST)

    Madhurika Patkar is adjudged the Indian Player of the Tie

  • 23:04 (IST)

    Dabang Smashers T.T.C. win the tie 16-11 over Maharashtra United. The gap between the score might seem slightly large, but honestly there was hardly anything between the two sides.

  • 23:02 (IST)

    Would you believe it? Kim Song I has saved two match points and won the game. Extra ordinary table tennis by both Paddlers. There was hardly anything to chose between them. The match ends in Smashers' favour as Kim Song I put up such a phenomenal performance. Got to appreciate Liu Jua's fight.

    Final score: Dabang Smashers T.T.C. 16 and Maharashtra United 11

  • 23:00 (IST)

    Some powerful smashes handled with chops then lobs by Kim Song I. Some class by the defender, but Liu Jia never looked like buckling down as she smashes one out of Kim Song I's reach to make it 10-8 inher favour.

  • 22:58 (IST)

    Into the final game of the night and Jia is putting up a fine show, both the players have pushed each other to their limits. It is hard fought battle evn though the tie is decided.

  • 22:56 (IST)

    Liu Jia was up by two game points and Kim Song I almost got to the golden point, after saving one match point she surprised Kim Song I with serve to the edge of the table but Jia is quick on her foot to get there. Song I chops one wide as Liu earns a vital point for Mahrashtra. Tie score: 15-11 to Smashers, with one game to play.

  • 22:52 (IST)

    Lovely point by Liu Jia. First pushes Kim behind then unfurls the soft drop shot and Song stretches forward to bring the ball back on the table and Jia returns with solid smash into her body.

Preview: Tie 10 of Ultimate Table Tennis will see DHFL Maharashtra United go head-to-head against Dabang Smashers T.T.C at Thyagaraj Stadium in Delhi. United are the only team in the league, who are yet to taste defeat, while the Smashers have been blowing hot and cold, winning one and losing two ties so far.

 Ultimate Table Tennis (UTT) 2017, highlights: Maharashtra United go down 11-16 against Dabang Smashers T.T.C.

DHFL Maharashtra United'S Harmeet Desai in action during the Tie 3 of UTT against Oilmax-Stag Yoddhas. Ultimate Table Tennis

After sealing a win against Oilmax-Stag Yoddhas in their opening encounter, DHFL Maharashtra United dismantled RP-SG Mavericks with 16-11 in their next Tie.

Going into the clash, the biggest boost for them is the form of Harmeet Desai, as the Surat lad won both the Matches against quality modern-day players like Stefan Fegerl and Panagiotis Gionis.

The flying starts that Desai gave for DHFL Maharashtra United in the previous Tie was vital for them to keep the momentum on their side throughout the Tie. So, it’s interesting to see the Smashers’ tactics against the talented Indian going forward.

Despite the fact that the Men in Orange were supreme against Mavericks in the previous Tie, the biggest surprise was that the tournament’s highest seed Wong Chung Ting’s loss to Indian veteran Sharath Kamal. The 25-year-old had no answers to Kamal’s astonishing forehands in the first two Games and lost the Match eventually 2-1.

Although he came back strongly and routed Stefan Fegerl in Match 8, it’s interesting to see his approach against Smashers in today’s tie.

Veteran Fu Yu and Joao Monteiro proved effective for the team in their previous encounters and the duo will hope to carry their good form.

Dabang Smashers, on the other hand, are heading into the Tie at the back of 13-14 defeat against RP-SG Mavericks on Thursday. They had a great start by winning the first two Matches but they failed to win any of the Games in the Mixed Doubles category, and that proved decisive in the outcome of the thrilling Match.

Mixed doubles has been an area of concern for the Smashers, as they are yet to win a Game in the three Matches they have played so far in UTT. It’s very important for them to get a right combination and get some wins under their belt.

For the Smashers, Chennai lad Sathiyan Gnanasekaran is showing lot of promise in the Men’s Singles, despite not at his very best in the Mixed Doubles. He has already won both his singles Matches against the consistent Par Gerell and Stefan Fegerl, but there is no denying that the real test for him would be against Saturday’s opponents.

Considering the imperious form of DHFL Maharashtra United, there is no doubt that Smashers should come up with a special performance in order to taste success, or else it’s going to be another walk in the park for the Men in Orange.

Updated Date: Jul 22, 2017 23:20:09 IST



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