UTT: Chennai Lions routs Mavericks; Madhurika shows Manika the door

With only two league matches remaining, U Mumba heads the table with 44 points from five matches, followed by Chennai (35 from four), Dabang Delhi (33 from four), Goa Challengers (30 from four), Mavericks (30 from five) and Puneri Paltan (23 from four).

Madhurika Patkar who blanked Manika Batra 3-0 to complete Chennai Lions' resounding 11-4 drubbing of RP-SG Mavericks, Kolkata in the Ultimate Table Tennis league in New Delhi on Tuesday.   -  UTT

It proved pack-up time for Manika Batra and RP-SG Mavericks from the Ultimate Table Tennis league.

Marching ahead in style was Chennai Lions that led comfortably through the tie and completed a resounding 11-4 thrashing of the Kolkata franchise here on Tuesday.

The triumph catapulted Chennai from the fifth to the second spot in the six-team league table.

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With only two league matches remaining, U Mumba heads the table with 44 points from five matches, followed by Chennai (35 from four), Dabang Delhi (33 from four), Goa Challengers (30 from four), Mavericks (30 from five) and Puneri Paltan (23 from four).

Tuesday’s tie ended the agonising campaign of Manika in the league. Struggling for form, Manika suffered a humiliating 3-0 drubbing at the hands of Madhurika Patkar.

Once World No. 24 Petrissa Solja set the pace for Chennai with a surprise 3-0 rout of Matilda Ekholm, ranked 23, Mavericks simply could not bridge the gap.

Tiago Apolonia enlarged the lead by taking the first two games against Sanil Shetty, who did manage to pull one back. Thereafter, the unbeaten duo of Sharath Kamal and Petrissa made amends for letting go of the first game on ‘golden point,’ to Benedikt Duda and Manika, by racing away with the next two games.

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Sharath could not keep up the pace with his good friend Duda in the singles and lost 1-2. But Sharath gave his team the winning lead in an encounter that provided most thrills. The players produced some long rallies, interspersed by some innovative shot-making from both players.

But Sharath’s defeat was soon pushed into the background once Madhurika came out firing against Manika. She controlled the first game to put the pressure on the favourite. In the second, Madhurika showed her character by bouncing back from 0-5 and 8-10 to claim the ‘golden point’.

In the final game, Madhurika progressively grew stronger and left an exasperated Manika with plenty to think about.
 

The results:

Chennai Lions bt RP-SG Mavericks,  Kolkata 11-4 (Petrissa Solja bt Matilda Ekholm 11-7, 11-10, 11-9; Tiago Apolonia bt Sanil Shetty 11-9, 11-6, 3-11; Sharath Kamal and Petrissa bt Benedikt Duda and Manika Batra 10-11, 11-4, 11-7; Sharath lost to Duda 7-11, 11-5, 7-11; Madhurika Patkar bt Manika 11-5, 11-10, 11-8).


Wednesday’s fixture: Goa Challengers v Puneri Paltan (7 pm).