In a nail-biting encounter, young Indian paddlers Manush Shah and Archana Kamath displayed exceptional skill and determination, guiding Puneri Paltan Table Tennis to an exhilarating 8-7 triumph over Dabang Delhi TTC. Manish Shah’s stellar performance against Jon Persson set the tone for Puneri Paltan’s victory. The Vadodara-based paddler showed remarkable resilience right from the start, securing a hard-fought 2-1 win to put his franchise in the driver’s seat. The opening game saw Manush clinching a crucial game point to take the lead. However, Jon Persson unleashed his spin serves in the second game, causing prices the common types difficulties for Manush to return shots and score points. Persson won the second game 11-8. Nonetheless, Manush bounced back with swift movements in the third game, gaining the upper hand over his opponent and ultimately winning it convincingly at 11-4 to seal the match in his favor. Following suit, Archana Kamath showcased her top form and emerged victorious with a score of 2-1 against her compatriot Sreeja Akula.
Archana, hailing from Bengaluru, dominated the opening game, comfortably winning 11-4. Despite losing the second game by a close margin of 7-11, she fought tenaciously in the third game, engaging in a thrilling contest with Sreeja Akula. In the end, it was Archana who triumphed with an 11-6 scoreline, securing the tie for her franchise. In the first match (men’s singles) of the tie, playing for Dabang Delhi TTC, Sathiyan Gnanasekaran started strong by swiftly claiming the opening game. However, he faced tough competition from former ITTF African-Cup champion Omar Assar and eventually lost the match 1-2.
Sathiyan displayed impeccable precision in returning Omar’s powerful shots, winning the first game 11-6. The second game was a close battle, with Sathiyan giving his all to challenge Omar, utilizing his forehand and backhand shots effectively. Yet, Omar maintained his composure and secured an 11-8 victory over the Chennai-based player. In the third game, Omar continued his impressive performance, defeating Sathiyan with an 11-4 scoreline in the decider. Dabang Delhi’s Barbora Balazova turned the tide in her team’s favor by defeating Puneri Paltan’s Hana Matelova 2-1. Despite a heavy 2-11 defeat in the first game, Barbora displayed resilience and made a strong comeback, winning the next two games through golden points.
In the mixed doubles match, Sathiyan and Barbora showcased superb coordination, securing a 2-1 victory over Manush and Hana, propelling Dabang Delhi into the lead for the first time in the tie. Sathiyan and Barbora started on a positive note but lost the first game in a closely fought contest. However, they came back strong in the second game, overwhelming Manush and Hana with their fierce shots, winning 11-4. They continued their momentum in the following game, emerging victorious with an 11-7 margin. The partnership of Sathiyan and Barbora proved pivotal in clinching the match for Dabang Delhi. Overall, the Ultimate Table Tennis Season 4 match was a thrilling display of talent and competitiveness, leaving spectators on the edge of their seats throughout the enthralling encounter.