TT Nationals: Telengana women blank UP

While the men lost their opening match 3-0 to West Bengal, the women’s squad comprising Nikhat Banu, Varuni Jaiswal, Sreeja Akula blanked Uttar Pradesh 3-0 and then subdued Gujarat 3-1 to seal a place in the pre-quarterfinals.

Nikhat Bhanu stayed close to the table, played long rallies in her match.   -  G. Ramakrishna.

Telangana women made up for the early setback of their men in the senior National table tennis championship at the Kotla Vijay Bhaskara Reddy indoor stadium on Tuesday.

While the men lost their opening match 3-0 to West Bengal, the women’s squad comprising Nikhat Banu, Varuni Jaiswal, Sreeja Akula blanked Uttar Pradesh 3-0 and then subdued Gujarat 3-1 to seal a place in the pre-quarterfinals.

With the ball neither moving with the expected speed nor taking trajectory on predictable lines, Nikhat primed her match-play for the situation at hand rather than plan a strategy. Staying close to the table, playing long rallies and a percentage game without doing anything fancy seemed to be the best approach in the circumstances, said the Chennai-based Income Tax Inspector, who won all her games and with a measure of comfort.

Result:-

Men’s team (first round):-

Group A: PSPB bt Odisha 3-0, Maharashtra B bt Jammu & Kashmir 3-0; PSPB bt Maharashtra B 3-0, Odisha bt J& K 3-0. B: West Bengal bt Uttarakhand 3-0, West Bengal bt Telangana 3-0. C: Gujarat bt Chhattisgarh 3-0, North Bengal bt Goa 3-0; Gujarat bt North Bengal 3-0, Chhattisgarh bt Goa 3-2. D: Haryana bt Uttar Pradesh 3-0, Kerala bt Meghalaya 3-0; Haryana bt Kerala 3-0, Uttar Pradesh bt Meghalaya 3-0. E: Tamil Nadu bt Andhra Pradesh 3-0, Himachal Pradesh bt Jharkhand 3-1; Tamil Nadu bt Himachal Pradesh 3-0, Andhra Pradesh bt Jharkhand 3-1. F: Rajasthan bt Mizoram 3-0, Karnataka bt Tripura 3-0; Mizoram bt Tripura 3-0, Rajasthan bt Karnataka 3-0. G: Delhi bt Chandigarh 3-0, Chandigarh bt Bihar 3-0, Maharashtra A bt Delhi 3-0. H: RSPB bt Madhya Pradesh 3-0, Assam bt Punjab 3-2; RSPB bt Assam 3-1, Punjab bt Madhya Pradesh 3-1.

Women’s team (first round):-

Group A: PSPB bt Jharkhand 3-0, PSPB bt Pondicherry 3-0. B: West Bengal bt Bihar 3-0, West Bengal bt Odisha 3-0. C: Maharashtra A bt Madhya Pradesh 3-1, Assam bt Meghalaya 3-0; Maharashtra B bt Assam 3-0, Madhya Pradesh bt Meghalaya 3-0. D: RBI bt Rajasthan 3-1, Haryana bt Goa 3-0, RBI bt Haryana 3-0, Rajasthan bt Goa 3-0. E: Maharashtra B bt Tripura 3-0, Delhi bt Punjab 3-0; Maharashtra B bt Delhi 3-1, Punjab bt Tripura 3-0. F: Telangana bt Uttar Pradesh 3-0, Gujarat bt Himachal Pradesh 3-0; Telangana bt Gujarat 3-1, Uttar Pradesh bt Himachal Pradesh 3-0. G: Karnataka bt Chandigarh 3-0, Andhra Pradesh bt Uttarakhand 3-0; Karnataka bt Andhra Pradesh 3-0, Chandigarh bt Uttarakhand 3-0. H: North Bengal bt Chattisgarh 3-0, Kerala bt Tamil Nadu 3-2; Tamil Nadu bt North Bengal 3-0, Kerala bt Chhattisgarh 3-0.