SPORT

Mamata stuns Indu

HYDERABAD SEPT. 21 . Twenty-year-old Mamata Prabhu of Railway Sports Promotion Board knocked out defending champion and top-seed N.R. Indu of Petroleum Sports Promotion Board 11-6, 12-10, 4-11, 12-10, 11-3 in the women's singles quarter-final to record the biggest upset of the event in the 33rd All India Inter-institution table tennis championship being held at Fateh Maidan Indoor Stadium here today.

In another upset of sorts, seventh-seded Sourav Chakraborty (RSPB) knocked out Arup Basak (PSPB) in the men's pre-quarterfinals 11-8, 7-11, 11-5, 5-11, 11-5, 6-11, 11-8 before second-seeded Subhajit Saha of PSPB showed him the exit with a 11-9, 9-11, 7-11, 11-6, 9-11, 11-4, 13-11win in the quarter-final.

The women's quarterfinal between Indu and Mamata was clearly the major attraction for the holiday crowd that turned up for the event. Though Indu fought back well after losing the first two games by controlling the pace of the game in the third, Mamata's ability to come up with precise, cross-court forehand returns which invariably picked the acute angles and the corners of the table had Indu in a spot of bother. Mamata's clever variations in serve too compounded the misery for in the fourth and fifth games as it was the backhand serve packed with deceptive spin that saw Indu's returns going out. And what separated the two this evening was Mamata's ability come up with a better `block' to counter the very times Indu played an aggressive game. When Indu's forehand went out it signalled another major triumph for the Junior Clerk in Railways, who incidentally recorded second win against Indu after her pre-quarter-final triumph in the last edition of the Senior Nationals.

However, reigning national champion Poulomi Ghatak (PSPB) had a comparatively smooth sailing with a 11-9, 11-9, 11-8, 8-11, 11-8 win over Sushmita Roy of PSPB. T. Pradeepa of PSPB also entered the last four stage with a 11-6, 11-8, 11-6,11-9 win over Arjuna Awardee Montu Gosh of PSPB while, Mouma Das put it across S. Prasanna, a qualifier who almost created another upset before the former won 11-9, 10-12, 11-2, 7-11, 16-14, 11-6 to complete the semi-final line-up.

However, men's singles quarterfinals didn't witness any upsets as the top players moved into the next phase, though in contrasting styles.

While top-seeded S. Raman (PSPB disposed off Subham Choudhary (RSPB) with a methodical 11-6, 12-14, 12-10, 11-9, 11-7 win, Sharat Kamal (PSPB) warded off spirited challenge from Ranbir Das (RSPB) for a 12-10, 11-9, 13-15, 11-7, 7-11, 3-11, 11-9 win. Seventh-seeded Sourav Chakraborty of RSPB almost created the biggest upset in the men's section when he squandered a comfortable 9-5 lead in the decider when a much more composed and second-seeded Subhajit Saha kept his nerves in the tense final moments to emerge a 11-9, 9-11, 7-11, 11-6, 9-11, 11-4, 13-11 winner.

The results (Men Quarter-finals): S. Raman (PSPB) bt Subham Choudhary (RSPB) 11-6, 12-14, 12-10,11-9, 11-7; Sharat Kamal (PSPB) bt Ranbir Das (RSPB) 12-10, 11-9, 13-15, 11-7, 7-11, 3-11, 11-9; Soumya Deep Roy (PSPB) bt Anirban Nandy (RSPB) 11-6, 11-4, 11-6, 3-11, 11-9; Subhajit Saha (PSPB) bt Sourav Chakraborty (RSPB) 11-9, 9-11, 7-11, 11-6, 9-11, 11-4, 13-11.

Pre-quarterfinals: S. Raman bt Somnath Gosh (COE, Kolkata) 11-7, 11-5, 11-6, 11-5; Subham Choudhary (RSPB) bt Vineet Chopra (BSB) 11-6, 11-9, 11-5, 11-5; Ranbir Das (RSPB) bt R. Rajesh (LIC) 11-7, 11-7, 14-12, 11-7; Sharat Kamal (PSPB) bt Amit Das (COE) 11-4, 11-6, 11-9, 11-5; Soumya Deep Roy (PSPB) bt Prithvi Raj Bose (RSPB) 11-2, 11-9, 9-11, 11-9, 11-2; Anirban Nandi (RSPB) bt Vinay Baiswade (LIC) 11-8, 12-10, 11-3, 11-4; Sourav Chakraborty (RSPB) bt Arup Basak (PSPB) 11-8, 7-11, 11-5, 5-11, 11-5, 6-11, 11-8; Subhajit Saha (PSPB) bt Anil Kashyap (Oil India) 11-7, 6-11, 5-11, 12-10, 11-9, 11-7.

Women Quarter-finals: Mamata Prabhu (RSPB) bt N.R. Indu (PSPB) 11-6, 12-10, 4-11, 12-10, 11-3; Poulomi Ghatak (PSPB) bt Sushmita Roy (PSPB) 11-9, 11-9, 11-8, 8-11, 11-8; T. Pradeepa (PSPB) bt Montu Gosh (PSPB) 11-6, 11-8, 11-6, 11-9; Mouma Das (PSPB) bt S.Prasanna (BSB) 11-9, 10-12, 11-2, 7-11, 16-14, 11-6.

Pre-quarterfinals: N.R. Indu bt Mousomi Paul (RSPB) 11-6, 11-7, 5-11, 9-11, 12-14, 11-6, 13-11; Mamata Prabhu (RSPB) bt Nandita Saha (PSPB) 11-6, 11-4, 11-13, 11-7, 11-8; Montu Gosh (PSPB) bt Meenu Dhawan (RSPB) 11-5, 11-2, 11-4, 11-5; T. Pradeepa (PSPB) bt Kasturi Chakraborty (IOC) 11-9, 10-12, 12-10, 11-9, 9-11, 11-4; Poulomi Ghatak (PSPB) bt Shalmali Mhatre (Maha) 11-5, 11-3, 11-3, 11-7; Sushmita Roy (PSPB) bt Anindita Chakraborty (ESPB) 13-11, 17-15, 11-7, 11-8; S. Prasanna (BSB) bt Vishaka Vijay (RSPB) 11-9, 4-11, 18-16, 11-7, 6-11, 4-11, 11-8; Mouma Das (PSPB) bt Kanchan Basak (IOC) 11-2, 11-6, 11-6, 9-11, 17-15.

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