Ultimate Table Tennis (UTT) 2017, day 1 highlights: Falcons beat RP-SG 15-12 in opener

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Ultimate Table Tennis (UTT) 2017, day 1 highlights: Falcons beat RP-SG 15-12 in opener
  • 23:31 (IST)

    A decent start to the Ultimate Table Tennis. Some brilliant play on show on the first day. Wu Yang's performance stood out as he frustrated the opponents with her chops and spins. Join us tomorrow for Dabang Smashers TTC vs Shazé Challengers. Until then goodbye!

  • 23:17 (IST)

    Wu Yang is named foreign player of the tie!

  • 23:16 (IST)

    Sanil Shetty is awarded the best Indian Player of the tie! 

  • 23:12 (IST)

  • 23:10 (IST)

    Sofia Polcanov giving some crucial points to RP-SG maverics. A 3-0 clean sweep over Lee Ho Ching as she clinches the golden point in the final game. The tie ends 15-12!

  • 23:04 (IST)

    Sofia Polcanov breezes past Lee Ho Ching with a 11-5 win in the second game. She leads 2-0 in the match!

  • 23:02 (IST)

  • 22:59 (IST)

    Just like the last game Sofia Polcanov has started off well and taken a 5-2 lead.

  • 22:56 (IST)

     Sofia Polcanov with a thumping forehand to take the first game 11-9 against Lee Ho Ching!

  • 22:55 (IST)

    End to end stuff as it's 9-9  in the first game!

  • 22:54 (IST)

    A thumping forehand and Lee has taken a two point lead at 8-6!

  • 22:53 (IST)

    Polcanova has taken a 5-2 lead in the first game against Lee Ho Ching.

  • 22:51 (IST)

    A reminder - Falcons have already won the tie and have a 15-9 lead over RP-SG Maverics! But each game is important because it is based on the points system!

  • 22:48 (IST)

    The last match of the day now - Lee Ho Ching vs Sofia Polcanova

  • 22:47 (IST)

    A strong fightback from Gerell to thump Apolonia 11-3 in the 3rd game. He takes the match 2-1.

  • 22:45 (IST)

    Gerell running away with teh game now. 7 game points! 

  • 22:44 (IST)

    Gerell with a strong counterattacking backhand and an inside out forehand to take a 8-2 lead.

  • 22:41 (IST)

    Gerell takes the 2nd game 11-9 against Apolonia. Good comeback to stay in the match. 

  • 22:40 (IST)

    Sharath Kamal should come on fom the sidelines as Apolonia saves three game points.

  • 22:39 (IST)

    Gerell has four game points now. 

  • 22:39 (IST)

    Gerell has a 8-5 lead in the second game. 

  • 22:36 (IST)

    The second game is underway!

  • 22:35 (IST)

    Apolonia takes the first game 11-9 against Gerell.  Apolonia used his forehand top spins to good effect in that game.

  • 22:33 (IST)

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    Gerell getting fired up and forcing Apolonia into making mistakes! He takes a 7-5 lead now. 

  • 22:30 (IST)

    Tiago Apolonia playing the patient game with the lobs and waiting for Gerell to make mistakes.

  • 22:29 (IST)

    Apolinia has taken a 3-1 lead in the first game against Garell. 

  • 22:25 (IST)

    Falcons lead 13-8 against RP-SG Maverics, they need just one point to win the tie!

  • 22:25 (IST)

    Next up - Par Gerell vs Tiago Apolonia

  • 22:23 (IST)

    Wu Yang sweeps it 3-0 against Archana Kamath! 

  • 22:22 (IST)

    Archana being too impatient here. Yang has four game points now.

  • 22:21 (IST)

    Archana finally getting some confidence back with three points in a row. She is getting used to Yang's spin now.

  • 22:20 (IST)

    Archana still not getting a sniff of Yang's chops and spins.  A lot of different spins churned out in the middle with Yang hitting a strawberry shot! Wu has taken a 5-2 lead.

  • 22:18 (IST)

    Wu Yang with another stroll in the park with a 11-4 win in 2nd game. She's taken an unassailable 2-0 lead in the match.

  • 22:16 (IST)

    Archana not moving quickly. She's los a bit of confidence it seems as she has lost a bit of condifence.

  • 22:15 (IST)

    Archana getting frustrated. She trails 0-5 in the second game!

  • 22:14 (IST)

    Wu Yang with a easy 11-2 win in the first game against Kamath!

  • 22:13 (IST)

    Wu Yang is running away here. Leading 10-2. Archana is absolutely clueless with her forehand topspins.

  • 22:12 (IST)

    After a riveting smash from Kamath to clinch the first point, Yang has things under control with a mix of offense and defense to take a 4-1 lead.

  • 22:11 (IST)

  • 22:09 (IST)

    Archana Kamath - The 18-year-old is an attacking player. Kamath has achieved plenty with Gold in the 2015 French Open being her biggest achievement yet

  • 22:08 (IST)

    This will again be interesting with Defense vs Offense!

  • 22:08 (IST)

    It's Wu Yang vs Archana Kamath now!

  • 22:06 (IST)

    Falcons lead 10-8 in the tie against RP-SG Maverics!

  • 22:05 (IST)

    Sanil screams in delight as he takes the third game and the match 2-1. 

  • 22:03 (IST)

    A forehand into the body of Apolonia gives Sanil a 8-7 lead.

  • 22:03 (IST)

    Sanil has two game points now!

  • 22:02 (IST)

    Apolonia with a strong reply and four points in a row to lead 6-5. 

  • 22:01 (IST)

    Sanil has been placing his forehand topspins really well, targetting Apolonia's backhand who doesn't have time to reach. Sanil has taken a 5-2 lead in the 3rd game.

  • 22:00 (IST)

    Sanil wins the second game 11-10.  Another rasping forehand to take the golden point and the game. It's 1-1 in the match.

Preview: The anticipation to witness India’s first ever professional table tennis league ends as the inaugural edition of Ultimate Table Tennis is ready to roll on Thursday, at the Nehru Indoor Stadium in Chennai. The opening day will be graced by the Grandmaster Vishwanathan Anand, India’s chess maestro, who will be present to watch the Falcons TTC lock horns with RP-SG Mavericks in what promises to be a nail-biting face-off.

 Ultimate Table Tennis (UTT) 2017, day 1 highlights: Falcons beat RP-SG 15-12 in opener

Sharath Kamal Achanta of RP-SG Mavericks in action during the practice session of the Ultimate Table Tennis League. Image courtesy: Ultimate Table Tennis

While the Falcons TTC boasts of World No.11 among women Wu Yang in their line-up apart from Indian trail blazers in Sanil Shetty, Arjun Ghosh, Priyadarshini Das, Sutirtha Mukherjee and foreign recruits Ho Ching Lee, Par Gerell and Liam Pitchford, team RP-SG Mavericks will be heavily backed by Chennai audience as it features home-grown hero Sharath Kamal Achanta. The team under the tutelage of Sachin Shetty and German Peter Engel features Birdie Boro, Archana Kamath and Amruthapushpak Shekhar as part of Indian contingent while Tiago Apolonia, Stefan Fegerl, Sabine Winter and Sofia Polcanova form their foreign drafts.

Both teams are equally poised in terms of experience and youth but what will set them apart is their planning and strategizing to use different combinations that be will prove vital in determining the winner of the inaugural match. “The team has gelled well over the past few days and we are eager to start the league. Personally, I am very excited as I have not played in front of my home crowd for more than a decade. The format is quite fast-paced and interesting and we obviously look forward to start on a winning note,” expressed Sharath Kamal.

The format is short and exciting where each team will play nine matches in a Tie with each match comprising 3 Games. Consequently, each Tie shall comprise 27 Games. Each game shall have players competing to score 11 points first, meaning if scores are level at 10-all then the 11th point will be a Golden Point and shall decide the winner. Whichever individual/pair scores 11 points and is termed as the winner of each Game shall receive one point towards the Team’s total for each such game that is won. The winning team in a Tie shall be decided by the number of total games won i.e. total points won in the relevant Tie. The Team that wins 14 or more Games out of the 27 Games shall be the Winner of that respective Tie.

“The lead up to the Ultimate Table Tennis has been a very enriching experience as most of us have got to interact with our idols in the sport and even play a couple of practice matches here in Chennai. We are all set for the first match and I can assure you it will be top class entertainment and action,” stated Sanil Shetty of Falcons TTC.

UTT is India’s newest franchise-based professional sports league which will see 24 foreign players and 24 Indian players (both men and women) vie for six different franchises. While Chennai will host the first leg of India's first ever professional Table Tennis League, the second leg will be played in Delhi from July 21 to July 25. The last and the final leg of the league will be held in Mumbai starting July 26 with the Semi Finals and Final of the Ultimate Table Tennis to be played in Mumbai city at the NSCI.

The matches will be shown live from 7:30 PM on Star Sports Select 2 HD, Star Sports Select 2 and will be live streamed on Hotstar and JioTV.

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Updated Date: Jul 13, 2017 23:31:57 IST