National Ranking TT: Panda, Anargya make it two in two

Sayani Panda and Anargya Manjunath take home the cadet and sub-junior girls’ titles, respectively, on the concluding day of the tourney.

From left: Title winners Sayani Panda, Payas Jain, Anargya Manjunath and Gaurav Panchangam.   -  Special Arrangement

Top seeds Sayani Panda of West Bengal and Anargya Manjunath of Karnataka repeated last week’s heroics in Panchkula to take home the cadet and sub-junior girls’ titles, respectively, on the concluding day of the 11Sports Central Zone national ranking table tennis tournament.

While Panda proved to be too quick for tiny Nandini Saha of North Bengal on course a 4-0 win, Anargya scraped past Karruna Gajendran in an all-Karnataka battle to earn the maximum points in the initial two national ranking tournaments of the season.

Dominant win for Jain

In the boys’ section, Delhi’s Payas Jain, the second seed, and Maharashtra left-hander Gaurav Panchangam reigned supreme in the sub-junior and cadet categories, respectively. Jain, after being stretched by Tamil Nadu's deceptive S. Preyesh Raj in the semifinal, didn’t let Divyansh Srivastava of Uttar Pradesh settle into a rhythm in the final.

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Panchangam, the seventh seed, saw off a stiff challenge posed by Karnataka’s Varun Kashyap in an entertaining cadet final. Both the players were involved in long rallies to give a handful of spectators in the Abhay Prashal gallery a reason to cheer. Panchangam held his nerves at crucial junctures to finish the match off in five games.

The results
  • Sub-junior (U-15) boys
  • Final: Payas Jain (Del) bt Divyansh Srivastava (UP) 11-4, 11-9, 11-8, 11-9;
  • Semifinals: Divyansh Srivastava bt Aadarsh Chetri (Del) 7-11, 11-4, 11-9, 11-8, 11-9; Payas Jain bt S. Preyesh Raj (TN) 10-12, 11-9, 8-11, 11-3, 11-5, 7-11, 11-6.
  • Sub-Junior girls
  • Final: Anargya Manjunath (Kar) bt Karruna Gajendran (Kar) 6-11, 14-12, 11-5, 11-8, 7-11, 11-9;
  • Semifinals: Anargaya Manjunath bt Suhana Saini (Har) 5-11, 11-9, 11-9, 11-7, 3-11, 11-6; Karruna Gajendran bt Lakshita Narang (Del) 11-8, 6-11, 12-10, 11-5, 7-11, 11-5.
  • Cadet (U-12) boys
  • Final: Gaurav Panchangam (Mah) bt Varun Kashyap (Kar) 11-3, 13-11, 7-11, 11-8, 11-9;
  • Semifinals: Varun Kashyap bt Kushal Chopda (Mah) 11-3, 12-10, 11-6; Gaurav Panchangam bt Suhaan Gulati (Pun) 11-7, 9-11, 11-6, 9-11, 12-10.
  • Cadet girls
  • Final: Sayani Panda (WB) bt Nandini Saha (NB) 11-7, 11-5, 11-8, 13-11;
  • Semifinals: Sayani Panda bt Radhika Sakpal (Mah) 11-7, 11-2, 5-11, 11-8; Nandini Saha bt Hardee Patel (Mah) 11-2, 11-6, 11-7.

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