Prakash Kelkar , Mangala emerge best
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Both Bank of India's Prakash Kelkar and BMC's Mangala Saraf were at their aggressive best while quelling the challenge of Rajesh Mudam and Pratibha Sawant in the plus 49 finals for men and women on the concluding day of the Maharashtra State Masters (Veterans) State Table Tennis Championships, hosted by P.J.Hindu Gymkhana here. Both scored an identical 3-0 wins of their rivals, in the semis as well as in the finals.
While in the women's plus 39 section, Pune's Suhasini Bakre scored an exciting 3-2 win over Anagha Joshi to clinch the title and Solapur's Nitin Toshniwal defeated his teammate Manish Rawat in a very close encounter 3-1 in the corresponding men's singlesIn the women plus 49 singles, both the top two, Sunanda Rao and Rajeswari Mhatre were packed off in the semifinals itself.
Results: Women's plus 49 singles (Semifinals): Managala Saraf bt Rajeshwari Mhetre 11-9, 8-11, 11-8, 11-7; Pratibha Sawant bt Sunanda Rao 10-12, 11-6, 11-9, 11-9. (Final): Mangala Saraf bt Pratibha Sawant 11-9, 11-8, 11-6. Plus 39 singles: (Semifinals): Suhasani Bakre bt Amita Fatharpekar 4-11, 11-6, 11-6,11-6; Anagha Joshi bt Trupti Machwe 11-3, 11-5, 7-11, 4-11, 11-4. (Final): Suhasini Bakre bt Anagha Joshi 11-8, 11-9, 7-11, 4-110, 12-10. Men's plus 49 singles (Semifinals): Prakash Kelkar bt Purushottam 11-9, 11-4, 11-7; Rajesh Mudam bt Manish Raut 11-7, 8-11, 12-10, 11-9. (Final): Prakash Kelkar bt Rajesh Mudam 10-12, 11-6,11-9, 11-9. Men's Plus 39 singles (Semifinals): Nitin Toshiniwal bt Kapil Kumar 11-6, 11-5, 8-11, 6-11, 12-10; Manishs Rawat bt Basab Choudhary 9-11, 11-8, 11-4, 8-11, 11-6. Nitin Toshniwal bt Manish Rawat 11-7, 7-11, 11-9, 11-6. Other finals: Men plus 59 singles: Deepak Duddhane bt Sataish Kulkarni 11-4,11-3, 11-7.Men plus Plus 64 singles. Zaksis Khandadia abt S.L.Pawar 12-10, 11-5 4-11, 8-11, 11-6. Plus 69 singles: Zarir Khandadia bt Narayan Salian 14-12, 11-8, 11-7.
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