Pune: New India School deservingly defeated Millennium High School to clinch the Under-17 girls title at the Zilla Parishad Table Tennis Tournament being played at the Symbiosis School here on Tuesday.
In a one-sided contest for the Championship, New India School came up trumps 3-0. In the first match, Neha Mahangade beat Nidhi Rahalkar 11-5, 11-6 to give New India School an early advantage. Neha was visibly better than her opponent in all the aspects of the game as it reflected in the scoreline. Bhargavi Patil then doubled New India School’s advantage with a 11-4, 11-2 demolition of Ruchita Kulkarni in just under 15 minutes.
In order to sustain their challenge, Millennium School needed to win the next match, but Svarangi Raverkar clinched the title for New India School with a 11-4, 11-5 win over Mihika Kulkarni.
In a third-place playoff played after the final, hosts Symbiosis School beat SPM School 3-2 to finish third. Ankita Patwardhan beat Shrushti Chandak 11-3, 11-5 to give SPM a good start. Symbiosis School then turned the equation with Shruti Chaphekar and Anjali Habbu giving them a 2-1 lead. Shruti beat Niharika Gore 11-6, 11-2; while Anjali brushed aside Bhagyashri Bhave 11-2, 11-5.
In reverse singles, Ankita Patwardhan beat Shruti Chaphekar 11-9, 11-3 to bring SPM on level terms with Symbiosis School.
Shrushti Chandak then made amends for her earlier loss, by winning the decider 11-2, 11-4 as Symbiosis School secured third place.
Final: New India School beat Millennium High School 3-0 (Neha Mahangade bt Nidhi Rahalkar 11-5, 11-6; Bhargavi Patil bt Ruchita Kulkarni 11-4, 11-2; Svarangi Raverkar bt Mihika Kulkarni 11-4, 11-5).
Semi-final: New India School beat SPM School 3-0 (Bhargavi Patil bt Ankita Patwardhan 12-10, 8-11, 11-9; Neha Mahangade bt Bhagyashri Bhave 11-1, 11-0; Svrangi Raverkar bt Niharika Gore 11-1, 11-3).
Millennium School beat Symbiosis School 3-1 (Nidhi Rahalkar bt Shruti Chaphekar 11-7, 11-3; Mihika Kulkarni lost to Shrushti Chandak 4-11, 11-7, 8-11; Ruchita Kulkarni bt Anjali Habbu 11-3, 3-11, 11-3; Nidhi R bt Shrushti C 11-4, 11-2.