First win for the Yoddhas and we will leave you with the winning moment, as we prepare to say goodbye to another hard-fought but enthralling day of table tennis. We will be back tomorrow to bring you live score and updates from the day 6 of Ultimate Table Tennis. We will be having DHFL Maharashtra United fighting against RP-SG Mavericks. Some big names in Wong Chung Ting and India's table tennis poster boy Sharath Kamal will dazzle us with their performances, so we look forward for your company tomorrow and thank you for joining us today.
Ultimate Table Tennis (UTT) 2017, highlights: Oilmax-Stag Yoddhas register first win 15-12 against Shazé Challengers
Catch all the live scores and updates from the Day 5 of Ultimate Table Tennis, as Oilmax Stag Yoddhas play Shazé Challengers
Final Tie score Oilmax-stag Yoddhas win their first match in UTT with 15 points to 12 points of Shaze Challengers.
Solja tried to get on the front foot quickly, she tried to take the attack off her serve but she hits it far and wide and there goes the tie. Oilmax-Stag Yoddhas take improbable lead in the tie 14 to Shaze Challengers 12, with one game remaining.
Match 9 Women's Singles - Petrissa Solja (SC) v Doo Hoi Kem (OSY)
This match's winner will determine the winner of the Tie. Pressure. Solja gets us underway, here we go!
Pucar's block goes wide and a service error follows. Li Ping has won the game and the all-important 1 point to make it level after 8 matches it is 12-12 in the Tie.
So it all boils down to the final game! Literally nothing separates the Yoddhas and Challengers!
Trying to force the issue, Mouma Das has hit it long and Polina has maintained the pressure, she is on the verge of winning all three games of the match no. 7 and though she dropped a couple of match points, Mouma Das cannot keep her backhand on the table. 3 out of 3 for the 64th ranked paddler. Oilmax Yoddhas take the lead in the tie again, it is 11-10 at the end of 7th match, 6 more points to play for. Who is going to make it?
Gacina has no problem to brush aside Jubin Kumar! He sweeps it clean, as he takes all 3 points, putting Shaze Challengers in the lead once again.
Tie score: Oilmax-Stag Yoddhas 8 - 10 Shaze Challengers
Outstanding play by Polina backhand push first and then a forehand smash to make 8-10, but Han Ying has held on to take the Match 5.
Tie Score: 8-7 in the favour of Yoddhas
Aruna Quadri wins the final game (11-3) with another emphatic shot to win the match after losing the first game! The tie score: 7-5 in Yoddhas' favour.
Outstanding game, high quality match! Han Ying takes the match, but Manika Batra must be p[roud of her performance, she has nothing to be ashamed about! Her backhand takes the top of the net and goes long of the table. Thrilling rally to decide the winner! One of the best Match of the tournament! Feel for Batra, but kudos to Han Ying!
Tie Score: Oilmax-Stag Yoddhas 4- 2 Shaze Challengers.
Quadri cannot save 3 match points and goes down to the Indian as he take the final game 8-11 and with that he wins the 1st match 2-1. Fantastic turnaround comprising some stunning forehand winners. Shaze Challengers take the lead.
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Day 4, report: Marcos Freitas won two matches and local lad G Sathiyan recorded an impressive win to help Dabang Smashers T.T.C. edge out Falcons TTC 14-13 in an exciting tie on Day 4 of the Ultimate Table Tennis (UTT), the country’s newest franchise sports league, at a packed Nehru Indoor Stadium in Chennai on Sunday.
Portugal's world No. 14 Marcos Freitas first swept aside Sanil Shetty of Falcons TTC 3-0 to hand Dabang Smashers T.T.C. three full points in the men’s singles (foreign vs Indian), the opening match.
Freitas broke away at 5-5 to take the opening game 11-5 against the Indian. The Portuguese jumped to a 4-1 lead early in the second game before wrapping it up at 11-2 and signed off with a 11-3 win in the third game.
Chinese world No. 13 Wu Yang levelled points (3-3) for Falcons TTC with a 3-0 win over Dabang Smashers T.T.C’s Mousumi Paul. Yang beat back a late surge by the Indian to win the opening game at 11-9. The Chinese ace cruised to a 11-4 win in the second game and sealed the third game at 11-7.
Falcons TTC’s mixed doubles (Indian/foreign) pair of Sanil Shetty/ Lee Ho Ching routed G Sathiyan/ Tetyana Bilenko of Dabang Smashers T.T.C. 3-0 to hand their side a 6-3 lead.
The Falcons TTC’s pair staged a remarkable rally late to clinch the opening set 11-8 and then went on cruise mode to take the next two at an identical 11-6.
However, in-form Freitas led from the front and thumped Swedish world No. 41 Par Gerell of Falcons TTC 3-0 (11-7, 11-6, 11-8) in the men’s singles (foreign player category) to help Dabang Smashers T.T.C. level at 6-all.
Lee Ho Ching rallied to beat Ukrainian Tetyana Bilenko of Dabang Smashers T.T.C. 2-1 (8-11, 11-9, 11-5) in the women’s singles (foreign player category) to put Falcons TTC ahead 8-7 on points.
Local lad Sathiyan pulled off a surprise 2-1 victory over higher-ranked Gerell (Falcons TTC) in the men’s singles (Indian v Foreign) to help Dabang Smashers T.T.C. draw level on points at 9-all.
Sathiyan jumped to an 8-0 lead in the opening game that he won 11-7. Gerell won the next at 11-6 and then the Chennai boy took the third at 11-6 much to the joy of a packed Sunday crowd.
North Korean world No 19 Kim Song I brushed aside Sutirtha Mukherjee (Falcons TTC) 3-0 (11-3, 11-4, 11-3) in the women’s singles (foreign v Indian) to help Dabang Smashers T.T.C. edge ahead 12-9.
As Briton Liam Pitchford was indisposed (dehydration), young Arjun Ghosh came out to represent Falcons TTC against world No. 28 Kou Lei of Dabang Smashers T.T.C. in the men’s singles.
Ghosh stunned his opponent in the opening game 11-4, before Lei took control by winning the next two at 11-10 and 11-3 to help Dabang Smashers T.T.C. seal the deal and extend their lead to 14-10 going into the day’s last game.
In the women’s singles (foreign player category), Falcons TTC’s Wu Yang beat Kim Song I (Dabang Smashers T.T.C.) 3-0 (11-7, 11-6, 11-10) to reduce Falcons TTC’s deficit to just one point (13-14).
On Monday, Oilmax Stag Yoddhas will play Shazé Challengers in what is a second outing for both.
Final Scoreline: Dabang Smashers T.T.C. 14-13 Falcons TTC
MS – Marcos Freitas beat Sanil Shetty 3-0 (11-5, 11-2, 11-3)
WS – Mousumi Paul lost to Wu Yang 0-3 (9-11, 4-11, 7-11)
MD – Sathiyan G/ Tetyana Bilenko lost to Sanil Shetty\ Lee Ho Ching 0-3 (8-11, 6-11, 6-11)
MS – Marcos Freitas beat Par Gerell 3-0 (11-7, 11-6, 11-8)
WS – Tetyana Bilenko lost to Lee Ho Ching 1-2 (11-8, 9-11, 5-11)
MS – Sathiyan G beat Par Gerell 2-1 (11-7, 6-11, 11-6)
WS – Kim Song I beat Sutirtha Mukherjee 3-0 (11-3, 11-4, 11-3)
MS – Kou Lei beat Arjun Ghosh 2-1 (4-11, 11-10, 11-4)
WS – Kim Song I lost to Wu Yang 0-3 (7-11, 6-11, 10-11)
(MS- Men's Singles, WS- Women's Singles, MD- Mixed Doubles)
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