Aman outhits Noel Pinto
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Smarting from two defeats against second seeded Noel Pinto earlier in the season, international Aman Balgu, at last tuched his wonted form and produced some breath-taking counter-hitting to unsettle Noel to such an extent that Noel was left high and dry in the men's singles semifinals in straight games in the MSDTTA District Table Tennis Championships, sponsored and hosted by RE-BUILT group at Nehru Nagar, Kurla (East),here on Wednesday. Aman, next takes on top seeded India No.3 Sanil Shetty, a rather comfortable 11-5, 11-8, 11-9, 11-6 winner over seasoned Railways Nishant Kulkarni, for the coveted title.
Western Railway's Runa Roy found the going tough inspite of going up 3-0 against sticky junior Akshi Sancheti before winning her women's singles semifinal 12-10, 11-9, 11-5, 2-11, 4-11, 6-11, 11-6. Runa will face top seeded and her railways teammagte Charvi Kawle, who was little too good and too strong for Shruti Borkarfor a 11-5, 11-3, 11-8, 11-6 win.
Results: Women's singles (semifinals): Charvi Kawle bt Shruti Borkar 11-5, 11-3, 11-8, 11-6; Runa Roy bt Akshi Sancheti 12-10, 11-9, 11-5, 2-11, 4-11, 6-11, 11-6. Men's singles (semifinals): Sanil Shetty bt Nishant Kulkarni 11-5, 11-8, 11-9, 11-6; Aman Balgu bt Noel Pinto 12-10, 1212-9, 11-8, 12-10. Youth boys singles (Quarterfinals): Jignesh Rahatwal bt Rutwik Pandirkar 11-4, 11-5, 11-9, 11-4; Ravindra Kotiyan bt Mandar Hardikar 13-15, 11-6, 11-5, 11-4, 11-8; Rhys Albuquerque bt Bhuvitavya Shah 11-5, 14-12, 6-11, 11-9, 11-4; Shaun Rebello bt Harsh Maniar 7-11, 8-11, 9-11, 11-8, 11-6, 15-13, 15-14. (Semifinals): Jignesh Rahatwal bt Rhys Albuquerque 4-11, 7-11, 11-4, 11-8, 11-9, 8-11, 11-6; Ravindra Kotiyan bt Shaun Rebello 9-11, 11-8, 11-5, 11-5, 10-12, 11-7. Youth girls singles (Semifinals): Charvi Kawle bt Dyuti Patki 11-6, 11-6, 11-6, 11-7; Joanne D'ouza bt Payal Bohra 11-5, 12-10, 9-11, 11-5, 11-4.
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