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!
Ultimate Table Tennis (UTT) 2017, day 1 highlights: Falcons beat RP-SG 15-12 in opener
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Sofia Polcanov with a thumping forehand to take the first game 11-9 against Lee Ho Ching!
A strong fightback from Gerell to thump Apolonia 11-3 in the 3rd game. He takes the match 2-1.
Apolonia takes the first game 11-9 against Gerell. Apolonia used his forehand top spins to good effect in that game.
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.
Wu Yang totally dominating Winter there, takes the 3rd game 11-5 and sweeps the match 3-0!
Pitchford takes the 3rd game 11-9. He had lost the first two. Great fightback and a valuable point earned.
Fegerl takes the first game 11-6 against Pitchford! A brilliant rally and Fegeral takes the point to win the game. Fegerl was pretty aggressive in that game.
Lee Ho Ching & Sanil Shetty take the match 2-1 with a 11-5 win in the 3rd game of the 3rd match. That was Sharath's last game of the night!
Sharath Kamal & Sofia Polcanova bounce back to take the second game 11-8! It's 11 in the 3rd match!
Lee Ho Ching & Sanil Shetty take the first game 11-8 against Sharath Kamal & Sofia Polcanova. A thumping forehand smash from close to the net from Sanil gives the pair the winning point.
That's it! Winter takes the second game 11-7 and with that the match too. But we will have a third game as it's a points based system!
Gerell beats Sharath 2-1! 11-6, 8-11, 11-9! A brilliant serve from Gerell and Sharath hits it wide. Sharath flicks his bat in the air in disappointment!
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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.
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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