Ping pong | Jennifer knocks out Archana, creates a flutter

TTFI decides to postpone a few events by age group and Shillong National due to the COVID-19 situation

Jennifer Varghese couldn’t control her joy and let out a scream after finishing the match with a forehand cross-court winner.

The 13-year-old unranked Maharashtra player recorded the biggest victory of her fledgling career when she stunned title contender Archana Kamath of PSBB 6-11, 11-9, 11-7, 11-8, 11- 9 in the women’s first round. UTT National Ranking Center Zone Table Tennis Tournament match on Tuesday.

After losing the first match – she couldn’t read Archana’s serves – Jennifer fought back and tied Archana with her forehand spots at the back of the table.

“I am thrilled to beat a player like Archana,” said Jennifer, who moved to Chennai in August 2021 to train under coach R. Rajesh.

Meanwhile, the Table Tennis Federation of India (TTFI) has decided to postpone the Under 15, 13 and 11 events which were to be held here from January 6. The Sub-Junior and Cadet National Championships (from January 11) and the Senior National Championships in Shillong (from January 22) have also been postponed due to the COVID-19 situation, MP Singh said, adviser to the TTFI. The Hindu after the TTFI AGM. However, the U-19 and 17 events will go ahead as planned.

Ten positive cases of COVID-19, including a player’s relative, were reported on Tuesday after RT-PCR tests were carried out.

Important results: Men (second round): Sarth Mishra (UP) v Payas Jain (Del) 11-8, 6-11, 9-11, 11-6, 11-7, 11-6; Nitin Thiruvengadam (BBSCB) v Jaydip Das (IA&AD) 11-7, 9-11, 11-5, 11-6, 9-11, 6-11, 13-11; Tamal Ballav (Ben) vs. Sachin Hemanth (TNTTA) 11-6, 11-7, 9-11, 8-11, 11-6, 9-11, 11-5; Anirban Nandi (Ben) v Sushmit Sriram (TTTA) 11-5, 7-11, 8-11, 12-10, 15-13, 11-8.

Women (first round): Madhurika Patkar (PSPB) v Pritha Vartikar (Mah) 11-4, 11-2, 13-11, 11-9; Suhana Saini (Har) v Tisha Kohli (Del) 11-9, 11-3, 11-1, 11-7; R. Harshavardhini (RBI) v Vedhalakshmi Devi (TNTTA) 11-6, 9-11, 11-8, 11-2, 11-8; Amrutha Pushpak (RBI) v Kavyashree Baskar (TTTA) 2-11, 11-5, 10-12, 8-11, 11-8, 11-8, 11-9; M. Nithyashree (TTTA) by Tanzia Sharma (Del) 11-6, 11-1, 11-6, 11-6; S. Yashini (TNTTA) vs. Risha Mirchandani (Mah) 8-11, 11-9, 11-5, 11-3, 7-11, 11-4.

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