Mumbai: Junior players Deepit Patil and Kheya Shah put up a stellar show in the Axis Bank Mumbai Table Tennis Super League, helping their team Ace to a thumping 21-6 victory that propelled them into the semifinals here on Friday.
Deepit and Kheya first combined to win the Mixed Junior Boys and Girls’ clash and then won their respective Singles titles to overwhelm Kool Smashers. They pocketed all nine games to put their side firmly in command.
Abhay Mehta (2-1 in Veterans’ Singles and 3-0 in Doubles Veteran’s/Men’s with Nishant Kulkarni), Ashlesha Trehan (3-0 in Women’s Singles) and Tanmay Rao (3-0 in Cadet Boys) also recorded crucial victories for Ace to make the Last Four. They will face Century Warriors for a place in the final.
Young Gaurav Panchangam continued his grand run for MTC Royals, winning three more games to make it 12 out of 12 in the Cadet class. His team lost to Supreme Fighters 13-14 but managed to sneak ahead, thanks to Gaurav’s clean record.
Sanish Ambekar proved to be Century Warriors’ top player, setting up victories in the Men’s Singles (3-0) and the Doubles Veteran’s/Men’s (2-1) along with Ravi Chopra. He and Shreya Deshpande lost the Mixed Doubles clash but they managed to take one game which proved to be crucial in the final analysis.
Blazing Bashers put up an all-round show, with all their players chipping in with points to finish the league phase on top of the table.
High Tide bt. Supreme Fighters 14-13
Veterans Singles: Kiran Salian lost to Suhas Rane 1-2 (10-12, 12-10, 9-11); Men’s Singles: Shubham Ambre beat Omkar Torgalkar 2-1 (10-12, 11-9, 16-14); Women’s Singles: Divya Deshpande beat Shruti Amrute 2-1( 13-11, 6-11, 11-5); Mixed JB & JG: Shivam Das & Nimisha Warang beat Maanaz Shah & Tia D’Souza 2-1 (9-11, 11-4, 12-10); Cadet Boys: Diyaan Shah beat Dev Hingorany 2-1 (11-6, 4-11, 8-11); Mixed Doubles: Shubham Ambre & Divya Deshpande lost to Omkar Torgalkar and Shruti Amrute 0-3 (9-11, 10-12, 8-11); Junior Girls: Nimisha Warang lost to Tia D’Souza 1-2 (7-11, 12-10, 10-12); Doubles V/M: Kiran Salian & Shubham Ambre lost to Suhas Rane & Omkar Torgalkar 1-2 (11-4, 7-11, 6-11); Junior Boys: Shivam Das beat Maanav Shah 3-0 (11-6, 11-5, 11-8)
The Topspinners lost to Phantom Stars 13-14
Veterans Singles: Naveen Salian lost to Sameer Bhate 1-2 (5-11, 11-7, 4-11); Men’s Singles: Eric Fernandes lost to Ravindra Kotiyan 0-3 (6-11, 9-11, 8-11); Women’s Singles: Charvi Kawale lost to Shweta Parte 0-3 (3-11, 6-11, 6-11); Mixed JB & JG: Dev Shroff & Vidhi Shah beat Jitendra Yadav & Pranjal Shinde 3-0 (11-8, 12-10, 11-5); Cadet Boys: Sharveya Samant lost to Akshat Jain 1-2 (8-11, 11-9, 5-11); Mixed Doubles: Eric Fernandes & Charvi Kawale lost to Ravindra Kotiyan and Shweta Parte 1-2 (3-11, 11-7, 6-11); Junior Girls: Vidhi Shah beat Pranjal Shinde 3-0 (11-9, 11-7, 11-8); Doubles V/M: Naveen Salian & eric Fernandes lost to Sameers Bahte and Ravindra Kotiyan 1-2 (11-8, 6-11, 4-11); Junior Boys: Dev Shroff beat Jitendra Yadav 3-0 (12-10, 11-9, 11-1)
Thursday night’s Results: Ace bt Phantom Stars 15-12; MTC Royals bt. King Pong 14-13; Century Warriors bt Supreme Fighters 14-13; King Pong bt High Tide 15-12; Ace bt Kool Smashers 21-6; Blazing Bashers beat The Topspinners 16-11