Aryan outplays Aarush; Swapnali tames Mrunmayi
Eleventh seeded Aryan held his nerves to stun top seeded Aarush 4-2 while Swapnali sweat out hard to oust Mrunmayi Raikhelkar 4-2
Pune: Aryan Panse and Swapnali Narle came out with shining performances to claim Under-18 title in the 8th Players Cup Table Tennis Tournament at Deccan Gymkhana on Tuesday.
Among boys, Eleventh seeded Aryan held his nerves to stun top seeded Aarush 4-2 while Swapnali sweat out hard to oust Mrunmayi Raikhelkar 4-2.
Aryan started off brilliantly taking first three sets 11-4, 11-5, 11-3. Aarush hold his nerves in the fourth set and took it 11-9. In fourth set as well, Aarush kept momentum in his favour with taking fifth set 11-4.
In sixth set Aarush needed a victory to equalise the contest but Aryan stealed the set winning with the score reading 11-8.
Later, top seeded Swapnali also started with taking the opening set 11-8 but second seeded Mrunmayi made it 1-all taking the second set 12-10.
Swapnali fought bravely taking third and fourth set 11-7 and 11-4.
Mrunmayi managed to win the fifth set but could not continue the momentum as Swapnali wrapped up the contest taking the sixth set 11-6.
Final: 11-Aryan Panse bt 1-Aarush Galpalli 11-4, 11-5, 11-3, 9-11, 4-11,11-8.
Semi-finals: 1-Aarush Galpalli bt 4-Anaiy Kovelamudi 11-6, 9-11, 15-13, 11-8, 11-6; 11-Aryan Panse bt 2-Shriyash Bhosale 11-5, 11-8, 11-7, 11-9.
Final: 1-Swapnali Narle bt 2-Mrunmayi Raikhelkar 11-8, 10-12, 11-7, 11-4, 10-12, 11-6.
Semi-finals: 1-Swapnali Narle bt 5-Ankita Patwardhan 11-7, 7-11, 11-7, 11-9, 11-8; 2-Mrunmayi Raikhelkar bt 6-Pooja Jorwar 11-3, 11-7, 8-11, 11-6, 11-6.