South Zone National Ranking Tournament: Vedhalakshmi upsets Madhurika

Representing TNTTA, the 18-year-old from Chennai troubled Madhurika with funny rubbers (soft pimples) on either side, winning in seven games, 9-11, 7-11, 11-9, 12-10, 8-11, 11-9, 11-8.

Table Tennis bat

REPRESENTATIVE IMAGE: Madhurika was unable to handle the backhand push of her opponent.   -  Getty Images

Tamil Nadu's Vedhalakshmi Devi registered her best performance, thus far, with a come-from-behind victory over former national champion Madhurika Patkar (PSPB) in a women's first-round match of the UTT-National ranking South Zone table tennis tournament held at the Rajiv Gandhi Indoor Stadium on Tuesday.

Representing TNTTA, the 18-year-old from Chennai troubled Madhurika with funny rubbers (soft pimples) on either side, winning in seven games, 9-11, 7-11, 11-9, 12-10, 8-11, 11-9, 11-8.

READ | South Zone National ranking tournament: Sanil Shetty keen on maintaining good form

Qualifier Vedhalakshmi reeled off the last three points in the seventh and deciding game with ease as Madhurika was unable to handle the backhand push of her opponent.

"I played my natural game and found out that she was finding it difficult to take my backhand push/block and I capitalised on it," Vedhalakshmi told Sportstar.

PSPB's Harmeet Desai, one of the contenders for the men's title, sent off Divyansh Srivastava of Uttar Pradesh 11-8, 11-9, 11-6, 11-7 in a second-round contest.

Important results (round of 64):

Men: Mandar Hardikar (Mah) bt Ali Mohammed (TS) 10-12, 11-6, 11-13, 9-11, 11-8, 11-6, 11-7; Sougata Sarkar (LIC) bt Soham Bhattacharya (Ker) 7-11, 11-6, 11-5, 11-8, 4-11, 11-5; Jubin Kumar (PSPB) bt Pankaj Vishwakarma (RSPB) 11-9, 10-12, 4-11, 9-11, 11-9, 11-4, 11-4; Sushmit Sriram (TTTA) bt Arnab Chandra (Ben) 8-11, 11-9, 11-7, 10-12, 12-10, 7-11, 12-10; Abhimanyu Mitra (IAID) bt Vidit Desai (Guj) 8-11, 11-6, 6-11, 4-11, 12-10, 11-3, 13-11; Sudhanshu Grover (Del) bt Shubham Ambre (Mah) 8-11, 9-11, 11-8, 11-7, 11-5, 11-5; Kiranjoy Pushilal (RSPB) bt Sarthak Gandhi (Har) 8-11, 11-8, 10-12, 15-13, 6-11, 11-6, 11-3; Raj Mondal (RBI) bt Utkarsh Gupta (CRSB) 11-6, 11-13, 11-3, 8-11, 9-11, 11-6, 11-7.

Women: Shruthi Ramkumar (TTTA) bt Lakshita Narang (Del) 8-11, 11-4, 14-12, 10-12, 12-10, 11-5; Vidya Narasimhan (CRSB) bt Kaushani Nath (RSPB) 7-11, 5-11, 11-9, 5-11, 11-7, 11-4, 11-9; Vedhalakshmi Devi (TNTTA) bt Madhurika Patkar (PSPB) 9-11, 7-11, 11-9, 12-10, 8-11, 11-9, 11-8; Chipia Frenaz (Guj) bt Harshavardhini (RBI) 11-9, 5-11, 4-11, 7-11, 11-6, 11-4, 11-6; Radhapriya Goel (AAI) bt Seraha Jacob (Ker) 11-7, 11-9, 11-8, 11-9, 11-8, 11-0.
For more updates, follow Sportstar on :