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Table Tennis: Defending champs Falcons start on a winning note

ANI  |  Pune (Maharashtra) [India] 

Defending champions Falcons TTC made a winning start against United in the opening tie of the second CEAT Ultimate Table Tennis (UTT) here on Thursday.

In the first leg at the Balewadi Indoor Stadium, and helped United gain an early 4-2 lead against the defending champions.

Zhang provided with a flying start by defeating Falcons' 3-0 but Amalraj failed to cash in on dominant positions and went down 1-2 to Englishman

After losing the first game 11-5, Pitchford came back into the contest by winning the second 11-8.

However, the Indian raced to a 7-1 lead in the third game only to fritter away the advantage, allowing the World No. 49 and last season's Most Valuable to clinch the game 11-9.

Earlier, Zhang proved too strong for Suthirtha, 22, and any contest between the two was restricted to the first game which the American won on a golden point 11-10. But thereafter, 21-year-old Zhang ranked 56thin the world, eased to victories in the next two games 11-8, 11-5.

Remaining matches: Mixed doubles: / Sanil Shetty v (Rom) / Amalraj Anthony; Men's singles: (ESP) v Joao Monteiro (Por); Women's singles: v (Rom); Men's singles: Sanil Shetty v Kristian Karlsson (Swe); Women's singles: v Madhurika Patkar.

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First Published: Fri, June 15 2018. 04:40 IST