Ultimate Table Tennis: Sanil Shetty stars as Falcons TTC race to top of the table

first_imgMumbai player Sanil Shetty scored a stunning 3-0 (11-6, 11-8, 11-10) over Portuguese world No 48 Joao Monteiro (DHFL Maharashtra United) in the men’s singles (Foreign v Indian) in the sixth match of the day to put Falcons TTC in a dominating position in the CEAT Ultimate Table Tennis (UTT) at the NSCI in Mumbai on Wednesday.Sanil put on an exceptional display for his home crowd and completely outplayed Monteiro throughout the match.Forehand is Sanil’s strength and he used his strength wonderfully to leave Monteiro confused. Sanil’s strategy was to be aggressive against the Portuguese and he did that to perfection.With his edge of the table shots and strong forehand winners, Sanil was the delight of his home crowd.Highlights: Another day, another giant on the victim list for @ShettySanil, as he defeated Monteiro, 3-0! #UpTheGame #FALvMU pic.twitter.com/SCW5lor66K- Ultimate TableTennis (@UltTableTennis) July 26, 2017Falcons TTC raced to the top of the league table with 78 points after completing their quota of five rounds with a thumping 17-10 win over DHFL Maharashtra United.Britain’s Liam Pitchford put Falcons TTC ahead with a 3-0 (11-6, 11-4, 11-9) win over Harmeet Desai, ranked 79 in the world, in the men’s singles (Foreign v Indian), the tie’s opening clash.Sutirtha Mukherjee rallied strongly to pull off a surprise 2-1 (7-11, 11-5, 11-9) win over China-born Portugal’s Fu Yu (DHFL Maharashtra United) in the women’s singles (Foreign v Indian) to extend Falcons TTC’s lead to 5-1.Highlights: Sutirtha Mukherjee pulled off a huge upset, beating Fu Yu 2-1 in Match 2!#UpTheGame #FALvMU pic.twitter.com/Bm4yQAuYCZadvertisement- Ultimate TableTennis (@UltTableTennis) July 26, 2017Next up was mixed doubles (Foreign/Indian pair) where Harmeet Desai and his China-born Austrian partner Liu Jia of DHFL Maharashtra United won the opening two games before Sanil Shetty and Lee Ho Ching pulled one back for Falcons TTC, who continued to hold the lead at 6-3.Portuguese Joao Monteiro of DHFL Maharashtra United won the first two games against Par Gerell in the men’s singles (Foreign player category), but the Swede clinched the third to help Falcons TTC stay ahead at 7-5.Thereafter, the experienced China-born Austrian world No 22 Liu Jia upstaged Wu Yang (Falcons TTC) 2-1 (11-10, 5-11, 11-9) in a hard fought women’s singles (Foreign player category) clash to reduce DHFL Maharashtra United’s deficit to 7-8.It was after DHFL Maharashtra United had reached this close that Sanil pulled off that inspired win against Monteiro to give Falcons a 11-7 lead.Wu Yang then bounced back from her earlier defeat to thump Krittwika Sinha Roy 3-0 (11-4, 11-4, 11-5) in the women’s singles (Foreign v Indian) to give Falcons TTC a tie-winning lead at 14-7.Wong Chun Ting and Fu Yu won three of the remaining six games (men’s and women’s singles) for DHFL Maharashtra United.On Thursday, Shaze Challengers (58 points) will lock horns with RP-SG Mavericks (48 points) in the final tie of the league stage.Dabang Smashers are comfortably second in the table with 69 points, followed by DHFL Maharashtra United (64) and Oilmax Stag Yoddhas (61).Falcons TTC beat DHFL Maharashtra United 17-10 (Results):MS – Liam Pitchford beat Harmeet Desai  3-0 (11-6, 11-4, 11-9)WS – Sutirtha Mukherjee beat Fu Yu 2-1 (7-11, 11-5, 11-9)MD – Sanil Shetty/ Lee Ho Ching lost to Harmeet Desai/ Liu Jia 1-2 (10-11, 10-11, 11-5)MS – Par Gerell lost to Joao Monteiro 1-2 (5-11, 10-11, 11-8)WS – Wu Yang lost to Liu Jia 1-2 (10-11, 11-5, 9-11)MS – Sanil Shetty beat Joao Monteiro 3-0 (11-6, 11-8, 11-10)WS – Wu Yang beat Krittwika Roy 3-0 (11-4, 11-4, 11-5)MS – Liam Pitchford lost to Wong Chun Ting 1-2 (10-11, 11-9, 3-11)WS – Lee Ho Ching beat Fu Yu 2-1 (6-11, 11-4, 11-4)Highlights: Fast-paced, and highly entertaining table tennis on display, as @falconsttc beat @maharashtrautd! #UptheGame #FALvMU pic.twitter.com/LmzKeomYX0- Ultimate TableTennis (@UltTableTennis) July 27, 2017last_img read more