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Manav Thakkar fights back to enter youth final of TT meet

by IANS

Aizawl, Nov 16 (IANS) Manav Thakkar was on course for the title as he overcame determined Birdie Boro 4-3 to enter the youth boys final in the National Ranking (East Zone) Table Tennis Championships here on Wednesday.

Thakkar won (5-11, 10-12, 6-11, 11-3, 11-8, 11-4, 11-5) at the R. Dengthuama Multipurpose Indoor Stadium.

Manav will take on Arjun Ghosh who blanked out Shubham Ojha 4-0 (11-9, 11-8, 11-9, 11-8) in the other semi-final.

In youth girls semi-finals, Priyadarshini Das scrapped through to the final when she defeated Amrutha Pushpak 4-3 (14-12, 12-10, 5-11, 12-10, 8-11, 8-11, 11-6).

She will clash with Moumita Datta who downed Yashini Sivasankar 4-2 (13-11, 10-12, 11-5, 13-11, 8-11, 11-9).

Earlier in the women's section, in a shock pre-quarterfinal exit, top seed Suthirtha Mukherjee went down to Reeth Rishya 1-4 (10-12, 11-5, 8-11, 4-11, 0-11).

Fifth seed Ankita Das followed her, bowing out to qualifier Manushree Patil 3-4 (12-10, 9-11, 9-11, 5-11, 11-5, 11-5, 8-11).

Unseeded former national champion K. Shamini beat sixth seed Pooja Sahasrabuddhe 4-2 (11-4, 11-8, 11-8, 6-11, 4-11, 11-8).

Ayhika Mukherjee accounted for seventh seed Krittwika Sinha Roy 4-2 (12-10, 11-7, 11-6, 3-11, 10-12, 11-5).

Eighth seeded Divya Deshpande survived a scare from Nikhat Banu before winning 4-3 (9-11, 5-11, 11-9, 11-8, 11-9, 10-12, 11-5).

Fith seeded Mouma Das struggled to win against Takeme Sarkar 4-2 (7-11, 6-11, 11-3, 11-3, 11-7, 11-6).

In men's singles pre-quarterfinals, third seed Anthony Amalraj struggled to beat Sougata Sarkar 4-3 (6-11, 3-11, 11-3, 11-2, 12-10, 10-12, 11-4) in a gruelling match.

Abhishek Yadav got a scare from Delhi's Utkarsh Gutpa before advancing with a 4-3 (11-13, 5-11, 5-11, 12-10, 13-11, 12-10, 11-9) win.

Sudanshu Grover managed to win against Siddesh Pande 4-2 (11-9, 11-8, 9-11, 11-6, 6-11, 11-2).

--IANS

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