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Vadodara, January 7, 2020
Title favourites Payas Jain and Vanshika Bhargava of Delhi registered contrasting victories to enter the finals of the UTT 65th National School Games Table Tennis Championships, at Sama Indoor Sports Stadium here on Tuesday.
While national champion Payas outclassed CISCE’s Rajveer Shah 11-7, 11-3, 12-10 in a one-sided U-17 boys semi-final, top-seeded Vanshika had to work hard after being two sets down against Gujarat’s Aafrien Murad in the U-17 girls semi-final. However, she recovered well in time to cliched a five-set thriller 6-11, 9-11, 11-7, 11-3, 13-11.
Payas will take on West Bengal’s Aniket Sen Choudhary, who stunned top-seed Yashansh Malik of Delhi 11-6, 11-6, 11-8 in the other semi-final of the tournament which is jointly organised by UTT and Table Tennis Association of Baroda (TTAB).
In the final, Vanshika will face West Bengal’s Munmun Kundu who beat Vedhalakshmi of Tamil Nadu 11-6, 4-11, 11-4, 11-7 in the other semi-final.
Results (singles semi-finals):
U-19 boys: Shreyaans Goel (Delhi) bt Abir Roy (West Bengal) 15-13, 11-3, 11-5; Wesley Do Rosario (Haryana) bt Akash Pal (West Bengal) 11-7, 11-9, 7-11, 11-9.
U-19 girls: Tisha Kohli (Delhi) bt Tejal Kamble (Maharashtra) 9-11, 8-11, 11-7, 13-11, 11-4; Vidhi Shah (Maharashtra) bt Samruddhi Kulkarni (Maharashtra) 9-11, 12-10, 11-7, 11-4.
U-17 boys: Aniket Sen Choudhury (West Bengal) bt Yashansh Malik (Delhi) 11-6, 11-6, 11-8; Payas Jain (Delhi) bt Rajveer Shah (CISCE) 11-7, 11-3, 12-10.
U-17 girls: Vanshika Bhargava (Delhi) bt Aafrien Murad (Gujarat) 6-11, 9-11, 11-7, 11-3, 13-11; Munmun Kundu (West Bengal) bt DK Vedhalakshmi (Tamil Nadu) 11-6, 4-11, 11-4, 11-7.