UTT 2019: Experienced Sharath Kamal plays central role in Chennai Lions' tense win over Goa Challengers

India's star player Sharath Kamal tapped into his bag of experience to give Chennai Lions a nerve-wracking 8-7 victory over Goa Challengers in the Ultimate Table Tennis at New Delhi on Wednesday.

Press Trust of India July 31, 2019 22:41:28 IST
UTT 2019: Experienced Sharath Kamal plays central role in Chennai Lions' tense win over Goa Challengers
  • India's star player Sharath Kamal tapped into his bag of experience to give Chennai Lions a nerve-wracking 8-7 victory over Goa Challengers

  • The women's singles, featuring two Indians, saw Madhurika Patkar steal that solitary point against a rampaging Archana Kamath

  • Earlier, Goa's Cheng I-Ching too survived a minor scare to put her side ahead in the opening Women's Singles.

New Delhi: India's star player Sharath Kamal tapped into his bag of experience to give Chennai Lions a nerve-wracking 8-7 victory over Goa Challengers in the Ultimate Table Tennis at New Delhi on Wednesday.

UTT 2019 Experienced Sharath Kamal plays central role in Chennai Lions tense win over Goa Challengers

File image of Chennai Lions star player Sharath Kamal. Image credit: Twitter/@UltTableTennis

The World No 32 first shepherded a shaky Petrissa Solja to collect two crucial mixed doubles points for his side before absorbing a big scare from Amalraj Anthony to add two more into the team's kitty in the reverse men's singles.

His 4 points, coupled with 2 from Portugal's Tiago Apolonia and 1 from Petrissa, meant that the Lions needed only 1 more point in the fifth and final clash.

The women's singles, featuring two Indians, saw Madhurika Patkar steal that solitary point against a rampaging Archana Kamath to seal the win for the Lions.

Madhurika lost 1-2 but pumped her fist in delight at saving the day for her team.

Earlier, Goa's Cheng I-Ching too survived a minor scare to put her side ahead in the opening Women's Singles.

The World No 8 from Taiwan spurted to a big 6-0 lead in the first, only to see Petrissa claw back into the game, allowing it to go all the way to 10-10.

Cheng, however, unleashed a powerful forehand to clinch the crucial golden point and the first point for her team.

She was on song in the second set, though, racing away to a commanding 9-1 lead. She conceded only one more point to give herself a nice big win.

The final set, however, saw a different story unfold. Petrissa played a steady game to win it 11-6, tossing one point into the Lions bag.

In an all-European Men's Singles clash, Portugal's Tiago Apolonia put up a dominant display to bring the Lions back into the game. Tiago pulled out his big shots to unsettle Spain's Alvaro Robles.

Tiago won the first set 11-5 but lost his way in the next, capitulating to a 2-11 defeat. He, however, regained his composure to clinch the third set 11-7.

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