Experienced Han Ying recorded two crucial wins late in the tie to help ShazA Challengers beat table-toppers Falcons TTC 16-11 on day 9 of the inaugural CEAT Ultimate Table Tennis (UTT) at the Thyagaraj Stadium in New DelhiAon Friday.
World No. 42 Li Ping put ShazA ChallengersAahead with a 3-0 (11-7, 11-7, 11-5) win over Maharashtra southpawASanil Shetty (Falcons TTC) in the menas singles (Foreign v Indian), the dayas opening match.
China-born Qatar international Li Ping was in control as he quelled a late challenge from Shetty, ranked 201 inAthe world, in the opening two games and wrapped up the final game with ease to hand his side full three points.
However, in-form Chinese world No. 13 Wu Yang levelled points for table-toppers Falcons TTC as she brushedAaside Mouma Das 3-0 (11-4, 11-2, 11-7) in the womenas singles (Foreign v Indian).
Soumyajit Ghosh/ Petrissa Solja (Germany) got the better of Sanil Shetty/ Lee Ho Ching (HK) (Falcons TTC) 3-0A(11-5, 11-7, 11-10) in the mixed doubles (Indian/ Foreign pair) to put ShazA ChallengersAback in the lead at 6-3.
Li Ping (ShazA Challengers) retired hurt in the second game of his menas singles (Foreign player category)Aagainst Par Gerell that saw as Falcons TTC levelled it at 6-6 after four games.
However, German world No 24 Petrissa Solja won her second match today, a come-from-behind 2-1 (10-11, 11-8, 11-5) win over Hong Kong world No 36 Lee Ho Ching (Falcons TTC) in the womenas singles (Foreign player category) to put ShazA Challengers ahead 8-7.
British world No. 59 Liam Pitchford levelled scores at 9-all for Falcons TTC with a 2-1 (6-11, 11-9, 11-3) win over IndianASoumyajit Ghosh in the menas singles.
Subsequently, China-born Germany international world No. 9 Han Ying thumped Falcons TTCas Priyadarshini Das 3-0 (11-7, 11-4, 11-4) in the womenas singlesAto hand ShazA Challengers a 12-9 lead with two more matches remaining in the tie.
Pitchford record his second win of the day, a 2-1 (11-7, 11-6, 6-11) verdict over Croatian world No. 46 Andrej Gacina (ShazA Challengers) in the menas singles.
However, in a high-profile womenas singles category, 34-year-old Han Ying edged out in-form Chinese world No. 13 Wu Yang 3-0 (11-10, 11-10, 11-10) in a match that went to golden point in every game.
ShazA Challengers 16 a 11 Falcons TTC
WS a Mouma Das lost to Wu Yang 0-3 (4-11, 2-11, 7-11)
MD a Petrissa Solja/ Soumyajit Ghosh beat Sanil Shetty/ Lee Ho Ching 3-0 (11-5, 11-7, 11-10)
MS a LI Ping lost to Par Gerell 0-3 (retired hurt)
WS a Petrissa Solja beat Lee Ho Ching 2-1 (10-11, 11-8, 11-5)
MS a Soumyajit Ghosh lost to Liam Pitchford 1-2 (11-6, 9-11, 3-11)
WS a Han Ying beat Priyadarshini Das 3-0 (11-7, 11-4, 11-4)
MS a Andrej Gacina lost to Liam Pitchford 1-2 (7-11, 6-11, 11-6)
WS a Han Ying beat Wu Yang 3-0 (11-10, 11-10, 11-10)