UTT 2019: U Mumba produce all-round show to beat Puneri Paltan, jump to top of points table

  • The win enabled U Mumba to jump to the top of the points table.

  • India's Sutirtha Mukherjee and Manav Thakkar and their foreign stars, Kirill Gerassimenko (Kazakhstan) and Doo Hoi Kem (Hong Kong), comprehensively won their respective singles matches to leave Paltan gasping.

  • U Mumba suffered their only defeat in the mixed doubles contest as Manav and Hoi Kem lost to Chih-Yuan-Ayhika Mukherjee.

New Delhi: U Mumba produced an all-round display to beat Puneri Paltan 9-6 in the Ultimate Table Tennis league here on Saturday.

The win enabled U Mumba to jump to the top of the points table.

 UTT 2019: U Mumba produce all-round show to beat Puneri Paltan, jump to top of points table

File image of U Mumba's Manav Thakkar. Image courtesy: Twitter/@UltTableTennis

India's Sutirtha Mukherjee and Manav Thakkar and their foreign stars, Kirill Gerassimenko (Kazakhstan) and Doo Hoi Kem (Hong Kong), comprehensively won their respective singles matches to leave Paltan gasping.

U Mumba suffered their only defeat in the mixed doubles contest as Manav and Hoi Kem lost to Chih-Yuan-Ayhika Mukherjee.

Sutirtha set the trend for the day, wiping out Ayhika's challenge (11-7 6-11 11-5) with her aggressive approach and putting U Mumba ahead.

Sutirtha won the first set with ease before Ayhika launched a comeback and levelled the scores in the second. In the decider, Sutirtha relied on speed and her jabs to force Ayhika into a series of errors.

Manav then consolidated U Mumba's lead, beating experienced Harmeet Desai 2-1 in the men's singles.

Manav, placed 156th in world rankings, did not let Harmeet settle down and raced to a 5-1 lead in the opening set, which he sealed 11-6.

The 19-year-old adopted the same aggressive approach and picked up crucial points with his powerful smashes. His returns were quick, anticipation spot on as he pocketed the second game 11-8.

Harmeet began to unnerve Manav in the third to take an early 6-2 lead which was enough to fetch him one point for Paltan.

In the crucial mixed doubles, Taiwan's Chuang Chih-Yuan protected Ayhika smartly to pull Paltan back into the contest.

The U Mumba pair surged ahead 5-1 before Manav-Hoi Kem showed signs of a comeback.

But Chih-Yuan proved to be too good, creating nice angles and working on his backhand flicks to clinch the first set 11-5. He was on song in the second too, wrapping it up 11-6.

They couldn't, however, complete the kill, allowing U Mumba to take another crucial point.

Chih-Yuan suffered a brief hiccup in the reverse men's singles match, losing the first set to Kirill Gerassimenko 7-11. He came back charged in the second though, racing away to a 6-0 lead.

The third set, however, didn't go his way, with Paltan's Kirill defending amazingly well and retrieving everything that Chih-Yuan threw at him.

In the end, though, Kirill prevailed to set the stage for world No 11 Hoi Kem. She wrapped up the tie in the first set itself.

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Updated Date: Aug 04, 2019 00:29:22 IST