Falcons v Maharashtra United & ShazA Challengers v Dabang Smashers are the fixtures for the semis of the CEAT Ultimate Table Tennis.
ShazA Challengers rallied to beat RP-SG Mavericks 15-12 in the concluding league tie of the inaugural CEAT Ultimate Table Tennis (UTT) at the NSCI in Mumbai on Thursday to qualify for the knockouts of the countryas newest franchise sports league.
Falcons TTC finished on top of the six-team League table with 78 points, followed by ShazA Challengers (73), Dabang Smashers TTC (69), DHFL Maharashtra United (64), Oilmax Stag Yoddhas (61) and RP-SG Mavericks (60).
Falcons TTC will take on DHFL Maharashtra United in the first semifinalAon FridayAand ShazA Challengers will meet Dabang Smashers TTC in the second semifinalAon Saturday . The final will be heldAon Sunday.AIn the knockouts, teams will play only up to such time that one team is winner, having secured 14 points.
RP-SG Mavericks opened with a 2-1 win after Indian ace A Sharath Kamal put it past Croatian world No 46 Andrej Gacina (ShazA Challengers) 11-7, 1-11, 11-7 in the menas singles (Foreign v Indian).
German Sabine Winter made it 4-2 for RP-SG Mavericks by winning the first two games in the womenas singles (Foreign v Indian) against Mouma Das but the 135-ranked Bengal lass pulled one back to score ShazA Challengersa second point.
Next up was mixed doubles (Foreign/Indian pair) which RP-SG Mavericksa pair of Sharath Kamal/ Sofia Polcanova won 2-1 (11-7, 11-5, 9-11) but Li Ping and Mouma Das picked a crucial point for ShazA Challengers by winning the third game, even as RP-SG Mavericks led 6-3.
Austrian Stefan Fegerl extended RP-SG Mavericksa lead to 8-4 with a 2-1 (2-11, 11-7, 11-8) win over Gacina in the menas singles (Foreign player category).
Winter won her second outing of the day when she beat fellow German Petrissa Solja 2-1 (11-10, 4-11, 11-6) in the womenas singles (Foreign player category) as RP-SG Mavericks moved to a commanding 10-5 lead.
Soumyajit Ghosh then recorded ShazA Challengersa first win of the day when he rallied to beat Fegerl 2-1 (9-11, 11-10, 11-8) in the menas singles (Foreign v Indian) to reduce his teamas margin of deficit to 7-11.AChina-born German world No 9 Han Ying brushed aside 17-year-old Archana Girish Kamath, ranked 217 in the world, 3-0 (11-5, 11-6, 11-4) to help narrow down ShazA Challengersa deficit down to one point (10-11).
China-born Qatar world No 42 Li Ping beat Portuguese world No 31 Tiago Apolonia 3-0 (11-4, 11-9, 11-10) in the menas singles (Foreign player category) as ShazA Challengers took the lead for the first time in the tie, at 13-11.AHan Ying then won her second match of the day when she beat Austrian Sofia Polcanova in the womenas singles (Foreign player category) 2-1 (11-3, 11-7, 10-11) to seal the tie for ShazA Challengers.
RP-SG Mavericks lost to ShazA Challengers 12-15
MS aAA Sharath Kamal beat Andrej Gacina 2-1 (11-7, 1-11, 11-7)
WS a Sabine Winter beat Mouma Das A2-1 (11-8, 11-9, 8-11)
MD a Sharath Kamal/ Sofia Polcanova beat Li Ping/ Mouma Das A2-1 (11-7, 11-5, 9-11),
MS a Stefan FegerlAbeat Andrej Gacina 2-1 (2-11, 11-7, 11-8)
WSAAa Petrissa Solja lost to Sabine Winter 1-2 (10-11, 11-4, 11-6)
MSAa Stefan Fegerl lost to Soumyajit Ghosh 1-2 (11-9, 10-11, 8-11)
WSAa Archana Kamath lost to Han Ying 0-3 (5-11, 6-11, 4-11)
MSAa Tiago Apolonia lost to Li Ping 0-3A(4-11, 9-11, 10-11)
WSAa Sofia Polcanova Han Ying 1-2A(3-11, 8-11, 11-10)