Harmeet Desai and Sutirtha lose as Sharath Kamal struggles

Harmeet, seeded fifth, lost to Shreyal Telang of Karnataka 11-3, 11-9, 10-12, 4-11, 11-8, 11-7 while Sutirtha, the top seed, went down fighting to her sparring partner Priyadarshini Das of West Bengal 8-11, 11-8, 11-5, 11-8, 9-11, 5-11, 11-8 in the women’s category.

It was an engrossing match between Priyadarshini and Sutirtha as both played an attacking game giving the sparse crowd some exciting moments.   -  Jignesh Mistry

Harmeet Desai and Sutirtha Mukherjee turned out to be the biggest casualties in the round of 32 of the 11Sports-West Zone National-ranking table tennis tournament at the Balewadi Sports Complex on Sunday. 

Harmeet, seeded fifth, lost to Shreyal Telang of Karnataka 11-3, 11-9, 10-12, 4-11, 11-8, 11-7 while Sutirtha, the top seed, went down fighting to her sparring partner Priyadarshini Das of West Bengal 8-11, 11-8, 11-5, 11-8, 9-11, 5-11, 11-8 in the women’s category.

It was an engrossing match between Priyadarshini and Sutirtha as both played an attacking game giving the sparse crowd some exciting moments. 

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In fact, Priyadarshini and Sutirtha train together at Somyadeep TT Centre in Kolkata for the past two years, and both knew each other’s game quite well.

After the win, the 20-year-old pumped her fist in joy for this was her first win over a much-higher ranked player this season.

“My strategy to keep the ball in play somehow and go for the kill when it mattered. I know Sutirtha is good in rallies. I attacked better today,” said Priyadarshini.

In the last match of the day, India’s top-ranked paddler Sharath Kamal, seeded 13th here, had to struggle to eke out an 11-8, 7-11, 11-8, 11-7, 6-11, 8-11, 11-9 win over the 21-year-old Sanish Ambekar of Maharashtra. 

The results (round of 32):

Men: Amalraj (PSPB) bt Kiranjoy Pushilal (WB) 11-8, 8-11, 11-9, 11-4, 11-9; Shreyal Telang (Kar) bt Harmeet Desai (PSPB) 11-3, 11-9, 1012, 4-11, 11-8, 11-7; Sourav Saha (Har) bt Anirban Nandi (RSPB) 6-11, 11-7, 8-11, 12-10, 11-7, 11-9; Anirban Ghosh (RSPB) bt Rakshit Bargidad (CB) 11-3, 14-12, 9-11, 11-7, 11-8; Sanil Shetty (PSPB) bt Chinmaya Somaiya (Mah-B) 11-2, 11-7, 11-4, 11-9; Sudanshu Grover (PSPB) bt Abhimanyu Mitra (IA&AD) 7-11, 11-4, 11-9, 12-10, 11-8. 

Women: Krittwika Sinha Roy (WB) bt Nikhat Banu (RBI) 11-8, 6-11, 10-12, 7-11, 11-8, 11-9, 11-5; Reeth Rishya (PSPB) bt S. Yashini (TN) 7-11, 11-9,  11-9, 11-9, 7-11, 12-10; Surbhi Patwari (WB) bt Harsha Vardhini (RBI) 11-5, 11-9, 7-11, 11-8, 7-11, 9-11, 11-7; Priyadarshini Das (RBI) bt Sutirtha Mukherjee (Har) 8-11, 11-8, 11-5, 11-8, 9-11, 5-11, 11-8; Anindita Chakraborty (RSPB) bt Ankita Das (PSPB) 11-5, 11-9, 8-11, 12-10, 6-11, 3-11, 12-10; Senhora D’Souza (DB) bt Prapti Sen (WB) 8-11, 11-6, 11-7, 11-7, 11-7, 9-11, 11-8.