Table tennis | Vedhalakshmi upsets Madhurika Patkar

Qualifier Vedhalakshmi notched the last three points of the decisive seventh game with ease.

Tamil Nadu’s Vedhalakshmi Devi had her best performance yet with a victory from behind over former national and international champion Madhurika Patkar (PSPB) in a women’s first round match of the UTT-National Ranking table tennis tournament of the South Zone held at the Rajiv Gandhi Indoor Stadium here on Tuesday.

Representing TNTTA, the 18-year-old from Chennai troubled Madhurika with her funny rubbers (soft buttons) on both sides, winning in seven games, 9-11, 7-11, 11-9, 12-10, 8- 11, 11-9, 11-8.

Qualifier Vedhalakshmi clinched the last three points in the deciding seventh of the match with ease as Madhurika was unable to deal with her opponent’s backhand.

“I played my natural game and found that she was having a hard time taking my backhand / blocking and took advantage of it,” Vedhalakshmi told The Hindu.

One of the men’s title contenders, Harmeet Desai of the PSPB, knocked out Uttar Pradesh’s Divyansh Srivastava 11-8, 11-9, 11-6, 11-7 in a second round match.

Important results (round of 64):

Men: Mandar Hardikar (Mah) bt Ali Mohammed (TS) 10-12, 11-6, 11-13, 9-11, 11-8, 11-6, 11-7; Sougata Sarkar (LIC) bt Soham Bhattacharya (Ker) 7-11, 11-6, 11-5, 11-8, 4-11, 11-5; Jubin Kumar (PSPB) bt Pankaj Vishwakarma (RSPB) 11-9, 10-12, 4-11, 9-11, 11-9, 11-4, 11-4; Sushmit Sriram (TTTA) with Arnab Chandra (Ben) 8-11, 11-9, 11-7, 10-12, 12-10, 7-11, 12-10; Abhimanyu Mitra (IAID) by Vidit Desai (Guj) 8-11, 11-6, 6-11, 4-11, 12-10, 11-3, 13-11; Sudhanshu Grover (Del) bt Shubham Amber (Mah) 8-11, 9-11, 11-8, 11-7, 11-5, 11-5; Kiranjoy Pushilal (RSPB) bt Sarthak Gandhi (Har) 8-11, 11-8, 10-12, 15-13, 6-11, 11-6, 11-3; Raj Mondal (RBI) with Utkarsh Gupta (CRSB) 11-6, 11-13, 11-3, 8-11, 9-11, 11-6, 11-7.

Women: Shruthi Ramkumar (TTTA) bt Lakshita Narang (Del) 8-11, 11-4, 14-12, 10-12, 12-10, 11-5; Vidya Narasimhan (CRSB) with Kaushani Nath (RSPB) 7-11, 5-11, 11-9, 5-11, 11-7, 11-4, 11-9; Vedhalakshmi Devi (TNTTA) with Madhurika Patkar (PSPB) 9-11, 7-11, 11-9, 12-10, 8-11, 11-9, 11-8; Chipia Frenaz (Guj) bt Harshavardhini (RBI) 11-9, 5-11, 4-11, 7-11, 11-6, 11-4, 11-6; Radhapriya Goel (AAI) with Seraha Jacob (Ker) 11-7, 11-9, 11-8, 11-9, 11-8, 11-0.


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