Falcons TTC emerged champions of the inaugural CEAT Ultimate Table Tennis (UTT) after beating ShazA� Challengers 14-9 in the final at the NSCI in Mumbai on Sunday.
Li Ping put ShazA� Challengers ahead with a 2-1 win over Sanil Shetty in the mena��s singles, the opening match of the tie. However, in-form Wu Yang swept aside Mouma Das (ShazA� Challengers) 3-0 in the womena��s singles to hand the lead to Falcons TTC 4-2.
Next up was mixed doubles (Foreign/Indian) and Falcons TTCa��s pair of Sanil Shetty and Lee Ho Ching brushed aside Soumyajit Ghosh and Petrissa Solja 3-0 to extend their teama��s lead to 7-2. Croatian Andrej Gacina of ShazA� Challengers beat Briton A�Liam Pitchford 2-1 in the mena��s singles (Foreign player category).A� Falcons TTC led 8-4 at this stage.
Wu Yang then recorded her second 3-0 win of the day to take Falcons TTC closer to victory at 11-4, as she beat China-born German world No 9 Han Ying 3-0 in the womena��s singles (Foreign player category). Liam Pitchford rallied to beatA�Soumyajit Ghosh (ShazA� Challengers) 2-1 in mena��s singlesA�to place Falcons TTC at the doorstep of victory at 13-5.
However, Han Ying put it across Sutirtha Mukherjee 3-0 to lift ShazA� Challengers to 8-13; before Par Gerell rallied to seal the title at 14-9 for Falcons after losing the opening game to Li Ping.
While the Mumbai audience turned up in huge numbers to cheer their favourite table tennis stars; the evening also saw an assemblage of the country’s big wigs. Bollywood legend Amitabh Bachchan accompanied by his actor-son Abhishek Bachchan, Piyush Goel (minister of state with Govt of India), Satish Mathur (Director General, Maharashtra Police), Harsh Goenka (Chairman,A�RPG Enterprises), former India cricketer Farokh Engineer, actor Rahul Bose, Indian hockey player Yuvraj Walmiki who added to the fervour of the final day’s proceedings.
CEAT UTT Awards:
MVP Male – Liam Pitchford – Rs. 1 Lakh
MVP Female – Wu Yang – Rs. 1 Lakh
Ultimate One – Wu Yang (456 Points) – Rs. 1.5 Lakhs
Shaze Challengers 9-14 Falcons TTC
MS – Li Ping beat Sanil Shetty 2-1 (11-9, 11-10, 7-11)
WS – Mouma Das lost to Wu Yang 3-0 (6-11, 2-11, 3-11)
MD – Soumyajit Ghosh/ Petrissa Solja lost to Sanil Shetty/ Lee Ho Ching 0-3 (9-11, 3-11, 8-11)
MS – Andrej Gacina beat Liam Pitchford 2-1 (11-3, 10-11, 11-7)
WS – Han Ying lost to Wu Yang 0-3 (10-11, 4-11, 8-11)
MS – Soumyajit Ghosh lost to Liam Pitchford 1-2 (11-5, 10-11, 7-11)
WS – Han Ying beat Sutirtha Mukherjee 3-0 (11-4, 11-8, 11-7)
MS – Li Ping – Par Gerell 1-1 (11-8, 9-11)