Table Tennis National Ranking Championships: Sarthak, Avisha emerge victorious in age-group categories

Representative image: A table tennis match in progress. (PC: Getty Images)
Representative image: A table tennis match in progress. (PC: Getty Images)
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Delhi table tennis player Sarthak Arya took just 25 minutes to send Gujarat paddler Arya Kataria packing to win the U-13 boys final at the UTT National Ranking Championships in Dehradun on Thursday.

The U-13 boys final turned out to be a one-sided affair, with Sarthak establishing a sizeable lead in all four games with little response from the Gujarat table tennis player. So much so, the final became a cakewalk for the Delhi paddler who took home an enhanced cash prize of ₹20,160.

In contrast, the U-13 girls final was a competitive affair with Bengal table tennis player Avisha Karmakar stamping her authority on the game to beat Riana Bhoota of Maharashtra 4-3 in a thriller.

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After a 3-1 lead, the Bengal table tennis player was pushed into the corner when Riana staged a fine recovery to level the score, taking the fifth and sixth games.

However, in the decider, she lost steam when Avisha started attacking from the flanks to win with a lot to spare.

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In the semi-finals, Delhi’s Sarthak Arya posted a comfortable 4-0 win over PSPB Academy’s Sahil Rawat. Sarthak’s percentage game helped him emerge victorious over Sahil.

Young table tennis players prove their worth

In the youth boys U-11 category, the final was between two young Tamil Nadu table tennis players.

Top-seed Akash Rajavelu emerged the winner, beating Sathyanaranan Karmeghakannan 11-8, 11-8, 11-9 in less than 20 minutes.

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Ankolika Chakraborty, the top seed in the girls' category, faced little resistance from Gujarat’s Krisha Patel, winning the title 3-0.

In the semi-finals, Akash Rajavelu dropped the first two games but picked up momentum in the third and continued with the flow to defeat Gujarat table tennis player Vivaan Dave 3-2.

Vivaan, who was positioned well initially, failed to stop the top-seed from Tamil Nadu once he had the measure of the Gujarat boy.

In contrast, second-seeded Sathyanarayanan Karmeghakannan downed Viren Patil from Delhi in straight games, but not before some initial struggles as Viren extended him in the first two games.

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Gujarat’s Krisha Patel beat Delhi table tennis player Aradhya Dhingra 3-1, after establishing a 2-0 lead. The Delhi paddler played better in the third game but could not repeat it in the next as she threw in the towel early, managing only two points.

For top-seed Ankolika Chakraborty, it was a cakewalk against Tanisha Kalbhairav of Karnataka, who lost in straight games.


Boys U-13: Final: Sarthak Arya (Del) bt Arya Kataria (Guj) 11-3, 11-5, 11-6, 11-7

Girls U-13: Final: Avisha Karmakar (Ben) bt Riana Bhoota (Mah) 7-11, 12-10, 11-5, 15-13, 8-11, 9-11, 11-5

Boys U-11: Final: Akash Rajavelu (TNTTA) bt Sathyanarayanan Karmeghakannan (TTTA) 11-8, 11-8, 11-9

Girls U-11: Final: Ankolika Chakraborty (Ben) bt Krisha Patel (Guj) 11-9, 11-8, 11-7

Also read: World Youth Table Tennis Championships: Indian U-15 girls end with bronze medal

Edited by Ritwik Kumar


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