Maharashtra United started with a bang, courtesy a 3-0 win in the opening match before Oilmax- Stag Yodhas fought back on the third day of Ultimate Table Tennis (UTT) at Nehru indoor stadium here today.
At the end of five matches, United managed a 9-6 lead in terms of games won as young Indian player Harmeet Desai led the way with a 11-6, 11-10, 11-9 win over Greek paddler Panagiotis Gionis.
In the second match, Manika Batra put up a fight against Liu Ju before losing 1-2 (6-11, 11-5, 7-11) as United opened up a 5-1 lead.
The Yodhas fought back through Quadri Aruna and Manika Batra as they won the mixed doubles match against Joao Monteiro and Pooja Sahasrabudhe 11-1, 11-4, 11-7.
Gionis suffered another reverse as he was walloped 11-10, 11-3, 11-4 by Monteiro as United raced ahead.
However, in the fifth match, Doo Hei Kim secured a 2-1 win (11-5, 11-7, 10-11) aginst Liu Jia.
According to the championship's points system, in each game, whichever individual/pair scores 11 points first shall be declared the winner and his team shall receive one Team Point. Each tie will have nine matches and each match will have three games, so each tie will have 27 games.
The winner of a tie shall be decided by total games, that is total points won, meaning a team that wins 14 or more games of the 27 games shall be declared the winner of that tie.