PSPB's Soumyadeep Roy and Poulomi Ghatak emerged champions in the men's and women's singles of the Servo National Ranking South Zone table tennis championship, that concluded at the Sree Kanteerava Indoor Stadium here on Sunday. But it was the youth boys' final between G. Sathiyan and Harmeet Desai that evoked keen interest.
Sathiyan subdued his India teammate from Gujarat with a 8-11, 12-10, 11-9, 11-4, 10-12, 11 -8 win that catapulted him to the India No. 1 status as well amongst the juniors.
Third seed Divya Deshpande put behind her defeat in the women's second round on Saturday to clinch the youth girls' title. The Air India lass won at 11-9, 2-11, 11-4, 11-9, 10-12, 11-7 over Mallika Bhandarkar of Maharashtra.
Soumyadeep had it easy against his much younger rival Harmeet Desai in the final, despite dropping two games on the way. Harmeet who outhit top seeded Zubin Kumar (PSPB) in straight games in the semifinals this morning looked off the hook, having lost to Sathiyan in the youth boys final about two hours earlier.
Poulomi was all aggression against K. Shamini, also from PSPB, in the final and won the first two games on the trot. Shamini then changed her strategy and played some fine forehand top spin that rattled Poulomi.
Despite levelling the game scores at 2-2 Shamini struggled to get her smashes working and faulted time and again which was enough opening for her senior teammate.
The results: Girls: Youth: Final: Divya Deshpande (AI) bt Mallika Handarkar (Mhr) 11-9, 2-11, 11-4, 11-9, 10-12, 11-7. Semifinals: Mallika Bhandarkar (Mhr) bt Nikhat Banu (AAI) 11-4,5-11,6-11,11-5,11-7,7-11,11-8; Divya Deshpande (AI) bt Shruti Tolnikar (Mhr) 11-7,11-7,11-8,11-9.
Boys: Youth: Final: G. Sathiyan (TN) bt Harmeet Desai (Guj) 8-11, 12-10, 11-9, 11-4, 10-12, 11-8. Semifinals: Harmeet Desai (Guj) bt Sarthak Gandhi (Dli) 8-11, 11-9, 11-3, 11-6, 11-6; Sathiyan G (TN) bt Venkataramanan (RSPB) 11-2,11-8,7-11,8-11,11-7,12-10.
Women: Final: Poulomi Ghatak (PSPB) bt Shamini K (PSPB) 11-7, 11-4, 6-11, 8-11, 12-10, 11-9. Semifinals: Poulomi bt Madhurika Patkar (Mhr) 8-11, 11-5, 11-8, 9-11, 11-9, 5-11, 11-8; Shamini K bt Neha Agarwal (PSPB) 9-11, 11-5, 11-6, 11-7, 11-5. Quarterfinals: Madhurika (Mhr) bt Mouma Das (Oil) 5-11, 5-11,11-8,11-5,11-4,11-13,11-5; Poulomi (PSPB) bt Pooja Sahasrabudhe (Mhr) 11-5, 5-11,11-8,12-10,11-8; Neha (PSPB) bt Sushmita Roy (PSPB) 11-5,11-9,11-13,11-3, 9-11,11-8; Shamini K (PSPB) bt Nandita Saha (PSPB) 6-11,11-9,7-11,11-3,11-6,11-9.
Men: Final: Soumyadeep Roy (PSPB) bt Harmeet Desai (Guj) 11-3, 11-5, 14-12, 8-11, 10-12, 11-7. Semifinals: Harmeet Desai bt Zubin Kumar (PSPB) 11-8, 11-9, 11-9, 12-10; Soumyadeep Roy (PSPB) bt Soumyajit Ghosh (AAI) 11-6, 4-11, 11-4, 7-11, 11-8, 11-5. Quarterfinals: Zubin (PSPB)bt Raja R S (TN) 8-11,11-8,13-11,11-7,11-9; Harmeet (Guj) bt Amalraj (PSPB) 11-6,9-11,11-8,11-6,12-10; Soumyajit (AAI) bt Abhishek R (AI) 5-11,12-10,11-6,11-7,15-13; Soumyadeep (PSPB) bt Pathik Mehta (Guj) 11-5,11-4, 6-11,11-7,12-10.