Inter-Institutional C'ship: Madhurika stretched, rest advance with ease

While the top-seeds advanced with ease, women's national champion, Madhurika Patkar was made to stretch by young Shruti Amrute. Madhurika bounced back from 1-3 to record a 5-11, 11-7, 6-11, 12-14, 11-2, 11-4, 11-8 victory.

Madhurika Patkar came back from being 1-2 down to defeat AI's Shruti Amrute 4-3 in their tie.   -  M. Vedhan

Seeded players asserted their superiority to set the stage for a series of exciting matches in the singles pre-quarterfinals of the LPS Bossard All India inter-institutional table tennis
championship here on Saturday.

Women's national champion, Madhurika Patkar was made to stretch by young Shruti Amrute. Madhurika bounced back from 1-3 to record a 5-11, 11-7, 6-11, 12-14, 11-2, 11-4, 11-8 victory.

Among the men, Sharath Kamal and A. Amalraj prepared for their much-anticipated clash in the pre-quarterfinals. While Sharath covered the distance with a clean slate, Amalraj dropped two games to Jaydeep Das in the campaign-opener and one to Vivek Bhargava in the third round.

Soumyajit Ghosh - likely to face the winner of the Sharath-Amalraj match - survived nine game-points to T. Nitin in the third game before winning 11-6, 11-8, 19-17, 11-5.

The results (third round):

Men: A Sharath Kamal (Pet) bt Zubin Taraporewall (Audit) 4-0; A.
Amalraj (Pet) bt Vivek Bhargava (Raj) 4-1; Sudhanshu Grover (Pet) bt
Pankaj Viswakarma (Rlys) 4-2; Soumyajit Ghosh (Pet) bt T. Nitin
(Canara Bank) 4-0, Raj Mondal (RBI) bt Ronit Bhanja (Pet) 4-1; Sanil
Shetty (Pet) Airban Ghosh (AAI) 4-0; Ravindra Kotiyan (Rlys) bt
Sarthak Seth (UP) 4-3; Harmeet Desai (Pet) bt Sushmit Sriram (AAI)
4-1; Arjun Ghosh (AAI) bt Birdie Boro (Pet) 4-1; Devesh Karia (Central
Revenue) bt Jubin Kumar (Pet) 4-0; Anirban Nandi (Rlys) bt Manav
Thakkar (Pet) 4-1; Sougata Sarkar (LIC) bt Utkarsh Gupta (Pet) 4-2;
Subhajit Saha (Pet) bt Lalrin Puia (AAI) 4-1; Abhishek Yadav (Pet) bt
Mani Subhash (Audit) 4-2; Sourav Saha (Pet) bt Souvik Kar (Rlys) 4-1;
G. Sathiyan (Pet) b Manush Shah (AAI) 4-0.

Women: Madhurika Patkar (Pet) bt Shruti Amrute (AI)  4-3; Manushree
Patil (AAI) bt Anusha Kutumble (MP) 4-3; Reeth Rishya (Pet) bt Nikhat
Banu (RBI) 4-1; Archana Kamath (Pet) bt Abinaya Ramesh (FCI) 4-0;
Poulomi Ghatak (Pet) bt Shweta Parte (RBI) 4-1; Anindita Chakraborty
(Rlys) bt Mariya Rony (Ker) 4-1; Ankita Das (Pet) bt Anushka Dutta
(Rlys) 4-0; Akula Sreeja (RBI) bt Priyanka Pareek (AAI) 4-2; Pooja
Sahasrabuddhe (Pet) bt Chipia Frenaz (AAI) 4-1; Shailu Noorbasha (AAI)
bt Ayhika Mukherjee (RBI) 4-3, Mousumi Paul (Pet) bt Shreya Deshpande
(AI) 4-0; Manika Batra (Pet) bt Amrutha Pushpak (RBI) 4-1; Takeme
Sarkar bt Varuni Jaiswal (Pet) 4-2; Priyadarshini Das (RBI) bt Divya
Deshpande (Pet) 4-3, Krittwika Sinha Roy (Pet) bt Sagarika Mukherjee
(Rlys) 4-3; Sutirtha Mukherjee (WB) bt Manasi Chiplunkar (AI) 4-0.