Second seeded Ravindra Kotiyan proved his mettle and kept his cool as he humbled top-seed Nishaad Shah twice on the same day to capture the youth boys’ as well as the junior boys’ singles titles in the JVPGC-All Mumbai 4-star ranking table tennis tournament at the Juhu Vile Parle Gymkhana Club on Monday.
In fact,the story could have been a lot different,had Shah not relinquished his 3-1 lead,especially once he had got himself up to match-point in the fifth game. It was here that Kotiyan showed his immense resolve in fighting back to not only win the game but to then run away with the tie to eventually triumph 11-7,8-11,9-11,4-11,12-10,11-7,11-6 in the junior event.
Amazingly,Shah would let an idential lead slip yet again when the two met in the youth boys’ final. And for the second time in the day,Kotiyan would make the most of the slip-up and make his rival pay dearly by clinching a double crown with a 7-11,2-11,8-11,4-11,11-6,11-5,11-8 win. Senhora DSouza in contrast had no such hurdles to overcome. Having already outplayed Dytui Patki 11-8,11-4,11-3,11-8 in the junior girls’ final,the lass was bubbling with confidence as she faced up against her nemesis,Shweta Parte in the summit clash of the youth girls’ singles. And D’Souza was at her impregnable best as she romped to a 13-11,11-4,11-9,11-9 victory to end up with the crown. Parte,however,can get her own back when the two arch rivals meet again in the women’s singles clash.
Youth girls’ singles (semifinals): Senhora DSouza bt Akshi Sancheti 11-9,12-10,11-8,11-9; Shweta Parte bt Charvi Kawle 7-11,11-9,9-11,8-11,11-6,12-10,11-7; Final: Senhora DSouza bt Shweta Parte 13-11,11-4,11-9,11-9; Youth boys’ singles (Final): Ravindra Kotiyan bt Nishaad Shah 11-7,2-11,8-11,4-11,11-6,11-5,11-8; Boys’ singles (semifinals): Nishaad Shah bt Rhys Albuquerque 11-4,14-12,11-5,11-7; Ravindra Kotian bt Shaunm Rebello 11-6,11-6,11-8,11-6; Final: Ravindra Kotiyan bt Nishaad Shah 11-7,8-11,9-11,4-11,12-10,11-7,11-6; Midget boys’ singles (Final): Aditya Shinde bt Dhruv Zaveri 11-9,11-6,9-11,11-1; Midget girls’ singles (Final): Diya Chitale bt Mihika Rohira 11-5,9-11,11-5,11-8; Womens singles (Semifinals): Senhora DSouza bt Charvi Kawle 11-3,11-9,10-12,11-3,10-12,11-2; Shweta Parte bt Joanne DSouza 11-3,11-6,12-10,0-11,11-8; Men singles (Semifinals): Sanil Shetty bt Niloy Basak 11-5,11-4,9-11,11-4,11-2; Aman Balgu bt Noel Pinto 11-7,11-7,11-8,11-5.