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Arup, Poulomi enter finals

NEW DELHI, NOV. 1. If one had the power, the other showed the ability to combat it. Though second-seeded Shivaji Dutta managed to shake the defence of Arup Basak, he failed to break it. In the end, it was Arup who staged a fine comeback from 1-3 before winning in seven games to enter the final of the National ranking North Zone table tennis tournament here on Thursday. Arup won 3- 11, 6-11, 11-8, 6-11, 11- 9, 11-9, 11-8.

Arup will play against top-seed Soumyadeep Roy, who defeated Sourav Chakravorty 11-6, 11-4, 11-9, 11-9 in the other semifinal. In the women's section, Poulomi Ghatak finally ended her series of disappointing results with a victory over unseeded Vishakha Vijay. Poulomi inched closer towards her first title of the season by winning 11-8, 13-11, 10-12, 12-10, 12-10. She will meet Mouma Das in the final.

Poulomi, who had represented the country in the last year's Sydney Olympics, showed her ability to execute drive consistently. Considering Vishakha's form in the tournament, in which she had scalped higher-ranked Kasturi Chakravorty and N.R. Indu in the last two rounds, it was always going to be a tough task for third-seeded Poulomi. And the Kolkata-based Poulomi responded in fine style.

Even though Vishakha engaged Poulomi in long rallies through her blocks, the latter still managed winners. The 22-year old Poulomi not only garnered points with her attack but also used her serves efficiently to gain points at the crucial stages. Down 9-10 in the second game, she surged ahead 2-0 when Vishakha's flat drive went long.

To Vishakha's credit, she did not get bogged down as Poulomi managed more winners. The tussle got more tense when the 19-year old from Patna came up with fine forehand blocks at 11-10 to reduce the deficit. The fight continued but Poulomi's aggressive instincts enabled her two win the next two games.

The results:

Men: Semifinals: Soumyadeep Roy (PSCB) bt Sourav Chakravorthy 11- 6, 11-4, 11-9, 11-9; Arup Basak (PSCB) bt Shivaji Dutta (PSCB) 3- 11, 6-11, 11-8, 6-11, 11-9, 11-9, 11-8. Quarterfinals: Soumyadeep bt Amit Das (Ben) 11-8, 16-14, 13-11, 11-5; Sourav bt Arjun Dutta (PSCB) 12-10, 8-11, 7- 11, 12-10, 8-11, 11-4, 11-5; Arup bt Deepak Thukral (Dena Bank) 11-3, 11-7, 11-8, 9-11, 11-4; Shivaji bt Anirban Nandi (Rly) 11- 8, 2-11, 9-11, 1-11, 11-7, 11-9, 11-9.

Women: Semifinals: Mouma bt Mantu Ghosh (PSCB) 11-7, 11-8, 11-5, 11-9; Poulomi Ghatak bt Vishakha Vijay (COE) 11-8, 13-11, 10-12, 12-10, 12-10. Quarterfinals: Mouma bt Sushmita Roy (Rly) 11-8, 11-9, 13-15, 11-9, 11-9; Mantu bt T. Pradeepa (TN) 11-5, 12-10, 11-8, 11-8; Poulomi bt Anandita Chakraborty (Rly) 11-2, 13-11, 9- 11, 11-4, 11-9; Vishakha bt Kasturi Chakraborty (PSCB) 11-8, 11- 9, 9-11, 9-11, 5- 11, 12-10, 11-8.

Boys: Final: Subhadip Das (Ben) bt Soumyajit Sarkar (Ben) 11-9, 11-9, 11-6, 11-5. Semifinals: Subhadip bt Ankur Mahajan (Mah) 4- 11, 6-11, 3-11, 11-7, 11-5, 11-5, 11-7; Soumyajit bt Niloy Basak (Ben) 11-9, 9-11, 11- 6, 8-11, 11-9, 11-9. Quarterfinals: Ankur bt Arunava Ganguly (PSCBA) 8-11, 11-8, 8-11, 11-9, 11-6, 2-11, 11-9; Niloy bt Amarnath Das (Ben) 5-11, 11-5, 11-6, 11-8, 7-11, 11-7; Soumyajit bt Kankojit Mandal (Ben) 11-8, 11-4, 11-6, 11-3; Subhadip bt Snehasis Bhattacharya (Ben) 11-7, 11-5, 11-8, 8-11, 8-11, 11-8.

Girls: Final: Sushmita Roy (Rly) bt Madhurika Patkar (Mah) 11-3, 11-7, 13-11, 11-13, 11-4. Semifinals: Sushmita bt S. Sangeetha (TN) 11-7, 11- 9, 11-8, 7-11, 9-11, 11-7; Madhurika bt Mun Mun Basak (Ben) 11-8, 11-7, 11-5, 11-7. Quarterfinals: Sushmita bt B.M. Ashwani (Kar) 11-7, 11-4, 11-5, 11-7; S. Sangeetha (TN) bt Anushree Saha (Ben) 11-5, 11-8, 8-11, 11-6, 11-8; Mun Mun Basak bt M. Aparna (TN) 12-10, 14-12, 9-11, 11-3, 9-11, 11-7; Madhurika bt K. Shamini (TN) 12-10, 11-8, 9-11, 11-7, 13-11.

Sub-junior boys: Final: Arpit Bhopalkar (PSCBA) bt M. Subhash (TN) 10-12, 11-5, 11-6, 11-6, 11-3. Semifinals: Arpit Bhopalkar (PSCBA) bt Soumyajit Sarkar (Ben) 14-12, 11-9, 5-11, 11-8, 12-10; Subhash (TN) bt Aniket Koparkar (Mah) 11-5, 10-12, 11-5, 11-8, 8- 11, 14-12. Quarterfinals: Soumyajit bt Devesh Karia (PSCBA) 7- 11, 11-5, 11-8, 15-13, 11-8; Arpit bt L. Sachin (PSCBA) 11-9, 11- 4, 11-5, 11-4; M. Subhash bt Soumya Nandi (Ben) 11-4, 11-3, 14- 12, 11-5; Aniket bt Jayanta Sarkar (Ben) 11-6, 11-9, 9-11, 11-9, 11-8.

Sub-junior girls: Final: Neha Aggarwal (Del) bt Pallavi Kundu (Ben) 11-5, 11-4, 11-6, 11-9. Semifinals: Pallavi bt Shikha Sharma (Del) 10-12, 7-11, 8-11, 11-8, 12-10, 11-3, 11-7; Neha bt Triparna Biswas (Ben) 11-8, 11-6, 11-8, 9-11, 11-8. Quarterfinals: Pallavi bt Nadia Saini (Har) 11-3, 11-2, 11-4, 11- 5; Shikha bt Sukanya Bose (Ben) 11-2, 11-7, 11-7, 11-7; Triparna bt Salankara Mahalanebish (Ben) 11-6, 11-7, 11-9, 12-10; Neha bt Saptadipa Ghosh (COE) 11-0, 11-6, 11-8, 11-4.

Cadet boys: Final: E. Prabhakaran (TN) bt Mohit Verma (PSCBA) 11- 9, 7-11. 11-8, 11-7.

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