Left-hander Payal Bohra of Mumbai Suburbs and Manasi Chiplunkar of Mumbai City toppled top two seeds Dyuti Patki and Srushti Haleangadi on their way to the sub-junior girls singles final of the of the JVPGC All Mumbai Ranking table tennis tournament,hosted by Juhu Vile Parle Gymkhana Club here today. What was the most remarkable feature of their triumphs was that both fought from the brink to emerge winners.
Payal undeterred by Dyuti leading 2-1,eschewed her penchant for all-round attack and instead waited for Dyutis loose returns to score a terrific 13-11,6-11,7-11,11-4,15-13,15-13 victory.
Equally impressive was Mulunds Sou Laxmibai Schools Manasi,who initially looked ill at ease against Srushtis unorthodox backhand jabs and saw Srusthi racing to 3-0 lead. Even in the fourth game Srusthi appeared to be coasting to a straight win,but it was not to be as Manasi,played positively right through,using her forehand topspinners with deadly effect to notch up a 15-17,6-11,11-13,12-10,12-10,11-9,11-9 win. However,the womens singles saw the top two seeds,Shweta parte putting out Sanjana Choudhary 11-4,11-5,11-4,11-3 and Charvi Kawle,though a bit erratic against 14-year-old junior Siddhi Kolekar before she triumphed 11-7,11-6,11-4,11-7 to move into the semifinals.
Womens singles (Quarterfinals):Shweta Parte bt Sanjana Choudhary 11-4,11-5,11-4,11-3; Charvi Kawle bt Siddhi Kolekar 11-7,11-6,11-4,11-7;Mrunmayee Mhatre bt Ashlesha Trehan 9-11,11-9,11-7,12-10,11-6; Shruti Borkar w/o Tanmya DSouza. Sub-jr girls singles (semifinals):Payal Bohra bt Dyuti Patki 13-11,6-11,7-11,11-4,15-13,15-13; Manasi Chiplunkar bt Srushti Haleangadi 15-17,6-11,11-13,12-10,12-10,11-9,11-9. Jr. girls singles (semifinals): Ashlesha Trehan bt Payal Bohra 11-5,11-5,11-1,11-6; Manasi Chiplunkar – Dyuyti Patki (going on). Jr boys singles (semifinals): Ravindra Kotiyan bt Bhuvitavya Shah 11-7,12-14,12-10,11-5,8-11,11-6; Nishaad Shah bt Shaurya Pednekar 11-8,5-11,11-7,11-3,11-9. Sub-jr boys singles (Semifinals): Rutwik Pandirkar bt Mandar Ranade 11-9,11-8,11-5,7-11,11-7; Shubham Ambre bt Shaurya Pednekar 11-2,11-8,11-8,11-4. Cadet boys singles (semifinals):Chinmay Somaiya bt Parth Rambhia 11-9,11-6,11-4; Yajat Thanawala bt Dev Shroff 4-11,11-8,8-11,11-7,11-3.