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Updated: December 21, 2011 01:02 IST

Soumyajit, Shamini clinch titles

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K. Shamini. Photo: S. Rambabu
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Petroleum Sports Promotion Board's Soumyajit Ghosh defeated Gujarat's Harmeet Desai 11-5, 14-16, 11-8, 11-7, 11-9, while K. Shamini (PSPB) scored an 11-5, 13-11, 11-9, 11-5 victory over teammate Poulomi Ghatak to clinch the men's and women's singles titles respectively in the South Zone National ranking table tennis championship which concluded here on Tuesday.

Soumyajit was aggressive right from the beginning and gave little room for his rival to stage a comeback.

Exposure helped

“I owe this victory to my stint at Sweden. The exposure helped improve my performance,” he said.

In a one-sided women's final, Shamini tackled an impatient and inconsistent Poulomi Ghatak to beat her in straight games. She kept her cool when the chips were down.

“This is my third National title of the year,” she said.

Sathiyan triumphs

G. Sathiyan (PSPB), who lost to Soumyajit in the men's semifinals, avenged his defeat by beating him in the youth boys' final 6-11, 11-1, 11-3, 5-11, 11-5, 11-8.

In the youth girls' final, Ankita Das of North Bengal scored an emphatic11-6, 11-7, 11-7, 14-12 victory over B. Mallika.

In the junior boys' final, Petroleum Sports Promotion Board Academy's G. Sudhanshu rallied to muster a 2-11, 11-5, 11-9, 9-11, 11-7, 11-6 win over his sparring partner Y. Abhishek.

Soumyajit and Shamini won a purse of Rs. 60,000 and Rs. 50,000 for their stupendous show.

The results (singles):

Men's final: G. Soumyajit (PSPB) bt D. Harmeet (Guj) 11-5, 14-16, 11-8, 11-7, 11-9. Semifinals: Soumyajit bt G. Sathiyan (PSPB) 3-11, 11-4, 6-11, 7-11, 11-8, 11-9; D. Harmeet (Guj) bt S. Sanil (Mah)11-6, 11-9, 3-11, 8-11, 11-5, 11-8. Quarterfinals: Sathiyan bt S. Saha (PSPB) 14-12, 13-11, 8-11, 5-11, 11-7, 5-11, 11-6; Soumyajit bt A. Nandi (RSPB) 11-8, 6-11, 4-11, 11-8, 11-5, 11-5; Harmeet bt T. Nithin (TN) 11-6, 11-3, 11-9, 11-8; Sanil bt K. Jubin (PSPB) 11-7, 12-10, 11-9, 12-10.

Women's final: K. Shamini (PSPB) bt Poulomi Ghatak (PSPB)11-5, 13-11, 11-9, 11-5.

Semifinals: Poulomi bt Mouma Das (PSPB) 11-4, 9-11, 11-8, 11-5, 11-9; Shamini bt Pooja (PSPB) 11-8, 8-11, 11-9, 11-5, 8-11, 11-7.

Quarterfinals: Poulomi bt P. Sweta (RSPB)11-6, 14-12, 11-4, 11-5; Mouma bt P. Mamata (DB) 11-9, 9-11, 11-5, 11-7, 11-9; Pooja bt P. Mousami (PSPB) 11-5, 11-9, 11-9, 13-11; Shamini bt C. Anandita (RSPB)11-8, 11-7, 9-11, 11-9, 5-11, 11-7.

Youth boys' final: Sathiyan bt Soumyajit 6-11, 11-1, 11-3, 5-11, 11-5, 11-8.

Semifinals: Sathiyan bt Harmeet 14-16, 11-6, 11-8, 11-3, 7-11, 11-8; Soumyajit bt G. Sudhanshu (PSPBA) 9-11, 11-8, 11-6, 11-9, 5-11, 11-3.

Youth girls' final: Ankita Das (NB) bt B. Mallika (AI) 11-6, 11-7, 11-7, 14-12; Semifinals: Ankita Das bt Nikhat Banu (AP) 11-9, 8-11, 9-11,11-7, 11-5, 11-13, 11-4; Mallika bt N. Vidya (DB) 11-7, 11-6, 11-4, 11-6.

Junior boys' final: Sudhanshu bt Y. Abhishek (PSPBA) 2-11, 11-5, 11-9, 9-11, 11-7, 11-6. Semifinals: Sudhanshu bt K.R. Rohit (TN) 11-4, 11-9, 11-4, 11-4; Abhishek bt S. Rajib (NB) 11-5, 11-3, 11-8, 11-9.

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