Sreeja and Snehit win bronze medals at UTT Table Tennis Championship

Hyderabad: Hyderabad table tennis players Akula Sreeja and S Fidel R Snehit won bronze medals in the women’s and men’s singles respectively at the UTT National Ranking Table Tennis Championship (central zone) at the Abhay Prashal Indoor Stadium in Indore, Madhya Pradesh Thursday.

Representing the Reserve Bank of India, Sreeja, who was seeded in the women’s category, played hard before traveling to Maharashtra’s Diya Chitale Parag in a very close match with 3-4 (11-8, 8-11, 11 -8, 12-10, 7-11, 3-11, 4-11) in the semi-finals.

Earlier, Sreeja beat Anusha Kutumbala (MP) 4-0 (11-6, 11-4, 11-6, 12-10) in the quarter-finals and beat Anannya Basak (Mah) 4-0 (11-7 , 11- 3, 11-9, 11-8) in the pre-quarters.

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On the men’s side, ninth seed Snehit took a surprise victory over second seed and former world number 1 in youth, Manav Thakkar 4-3 (6-11, 11-6, 11-13, 3 -11, 12 -10, 11-8, 11-8) in the quarter-finals.

After trailing 1-3, Snehit rallied to register the win and advance to the semi-finals. However, he lost to No.3 seed Harmeet Desai 1-4 (11-8, 8-11, 8-11, 7-11, 8-11). This is Snehit’s first appearance in the semi-finals.

Snehit beat Jeet Chandra (AAI) 4-0 (12-10, 11-9, 11-9, 14-12) in the pre-quarterfinals.

“It’s a really bad day for us. It was going too well until the semifinals for both of my students, making it look like they were all set to win titles, but it didn’t work out, ”said Somnath Ghosh, Somnath Ghosh coach. MLR-UTT Academy in Hyderabad.

He said that extra effort is needed to prove their mettle at the upcoming national championships which will take place next month.


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