Amalraj, Samara win for Maharashtra United in UTT
New Delhi, Jun 23 (PTI) India's Anthony Amalraj and Romania's Elizabeta Samara recorded nerve-wracking victories to lift Maharashtra United from the bottom of the table to the second position in the Ultimate Table Tennis, here tonight.
Down 2-7 in the tie against table toppers Dabang Smashers, captain Joao Monteiro of Portugal led the fightback, scoring an upset 2-1 win over World No. 27 Yoshida Masaki.
Amalraj then rode on the momentum to pull off a sensational 3-0 win over Belgium's Cedric Nuytinck.
Samara, however, was the star performer for United, posting victories in both her singles matches.
The World No. 19 first overcame 17-year-old Adriana Diaz of Puerto Rico 2-1 and then beat local favourite and India's poster girl Manika Batra 3-0 to give United a well-deserved 12-9 win.
Earlier, cheered on by a houseful crowd, World No. 28 Mori set the ball rolling for the Smashers, trouncing India's Madhurika Patkar 3-0 (11-4, 11-8, 11-9) in a one-sided contest.
Sathiyan then picked up a crucial point against a much higher-ranked Kristian Karlsson and set up a 3-0 victory in the mixed doubles match along with Mori
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