RP-SG Mavericks edged out Dabang Smashers T.T.C 14-13 in a close tie on day 8 of the inaugural CEAT Ultimate Table TennisA�(UTT) at the Nehru Indoor Stadium in ChennaiA�on Thursday. Action shifts to New Delhi fromA�Friday.
Dabang Smashers T.T.Ca��sA�G Sathiyan warmed the hearts of the home crowd as the local star pulled off aA�stunning 2-1 (11-5, 11-9, 10-11) win over RP-SG Mavericksa�� Austrian world No 23A�Stefan Fegrel in the mena��sA�singles (Foreign v Indian), the daya��s opening match.
Sathiyan, ranked 110,A�cruised to an easy win in the opening game, and rallied brilliantly to win aA�tense secondA�game. The Indian then recovered brilliantly from 3-7 in the lastA�game before the experienced Fegerl won onA�the final point.
Ukrainian world No. 56A�Tetyana Bilenko made it 4-2 for Dabang Smashers T.T.C after she rallied from aA�gameA�down for a 2-1 win (10-11, 11-7, 11-8) over Archana Kamath of RP-SGA�Mavericks in the womena��s singlesA�(Foreign v Indian).
Archana, 17 years oldA�and ranked 217, won the opening game on the final point. However, Bilenko cameA�backA�strongly to bag the next two.
A Sharath Kamal /A�Sofia Polcanova (Austria) put RP-SG Mavericks in the lead 5-4 with a 3-0 (11-5,A�11-7, 11-5)A�win over G A�Sathiyan / Kim Song I of A�Smashers in theA�mixed doubles (Foreign/Indian pair).
However, China-bornA�Ukraine world No. 28 Kou Lei of Dabang Smashers T.T.C edged out PortugueseA�world No.A�31 Tiago Apolonia (RP-SG Mavericks) 2-1 (11-3, 10-11, 11-10) in theA�mena��s singles (Foreign player category)A�to level the scores at 6-all with fiveA�more matches remain in the ongoing tie.
North Korean world No 19 Kim Song I defeated Sabine Winter of RP-SG Mavericks 2-1 (11-8, 11-8, 9-11) inA�the womena��s singles (Foreign player category) to hand Smashers the lead at 8-7.
World No. 43 Sharath Kamal levelled it at 9-9 for RP-SG Mavericks with a 2-1 (11-8, 11-9, 5-11) win over Portuguese world No 14A�Marcos Freitas (Dabang Smashers TTC) in the mena��s singles (Indian v Foreign) as the Indiana��s home fans supported loudly.
Sabine Winter thumped Madhurika Patkar of Dabang Smashers TTC a 3-0 (11-9, 11-9, 11-6) in the womena��s singles (Foreign vA�Indian) to hand RP-SG Mavericks a 12-9 lead but Marcos Freitas helped A�Dabang Smashers TTC rally back to 11-13 with a 2-1 (11-5, 11-5, 10-11) win over A�Stefan Fegrel in the mena��s singles (Foreign player category).
It boiled down to the last match of the day, the womena��s singles (Foreign player category) between RP-SG Mavericksa�� AustrianA�world No 44 Sofia Polcanova and Dabang Smashers TTCa��s Tetyana Bilenko.
Polcanova won the opening game 11-8 to help RP-SG Mavericks edge ahead to 14 points before Tetyana Bilenko rallied to win theA�next two games to help Dabang Smashers T.T.C finish with 13 points.
Falcons TTC willA�meet ShazA� ChallengersA�on FridayA�as the action shifts to ThyagrajA�Stadium in New Delhi untilA�July 25A�for the second leg.
RP-SGA�Mavericks 14-13 Dabang Smashers T.T.C
MS a�� Stefan Fegerl lost to G Sathiyan 1-2 (5-11,A�9-11, 11-10)
WS a�� Archana Girish Kamath lost to TetyanaA�Bilenko 1-2 (11-10, 7-11, 8-11)
MD a�� Sharath Kamal/ Sofia Polcanova beat GA�Sathiyan/ Kim Song I 3-0 (11-5, 11-7, 11-5)
MS a�� Tiago Apolonia lost to Kou Lei 1-2A�(3-11, 11-10, 10-11)
WS a�� Sabine Winter lost to Kim Song I 1-2A�(8-11, 8-11, 11-9)
MS a�� Sharath Kamal beat Marcos Freitas 2-1A�(11-8, 11-9, 5-11)
WS a�� Sabine Winter beat Madhurika PatkarA�3-0 (11-9, 11-9, 11-6)
MS a�� Stefan Fegerl lost to Marcos Freitas 1-2 (5-11,A�5-11, 11-10)
WS a�� Sofia Polcanova lost Tetyana Bilenko 1-2A�(11-8, 7-11, 10-11)