Amal­raj, Su­tirtha cor­ner glory

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An­thony Amal­raj of the Pe­tro­leum Sports Pro­mo­tion Board and Su­tirtha Mukher­jee of Haryana emerged cham­pi­ons in the men’s and women’s sin­gles, re­spec­tively, in the 11Sports Na­tional Rank­ing (South Zone) Ta­ble Ten­nis Tour­na­ment at the DRMC In­door Sta­dium in Vijayawada.

In the men’s fi­nal, Amal­raj de­feated Sud­han­shu Grover of PSPB 11­9, 11­13, 11­9, 11­4, 6­11, 11­6, but had to strug­gle to cap­i­talise on the huge op­por­tu­nity af­ter many seeded play­ers were knocked out ear­lier. The win­ner got ₹77,000 and 90 rank­ing points.

In the women’s sin­gles fi­nal, Su­tirtha came back strongly to get the bet­ter of Sagarika Mukher­jee (Rail­way Sports Pro­mo­tion Board) 7­11, ■­11, ■­11, 11­7, 11­3, 11­7, 11­4.

Un­der pres­sure, Su­tirtha raised the bar, es­pe­cially in the fourth game, with a good at­tack­ing dis­play that worked her way. To her de­light, Sagarika made quite a few un­forced er­rors and was not able to keep the ball on the ta­ble. This is Su­tirtha’s first ti­tle of the sea­son which also fetched her ₹66,000 win­ner’s purse.

V. V. SUBRAH­MANYAM

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