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Defending champs Falcons win opening tie of UTT season two

Press Trust of India  |  Pune 

Defending champions Falcons TTC survived a scare from United before prevailing 11-10 on points in the opening tie of the CEAT Ultimate Table Tennis (UTT) season two here tonight.

Liam Pitchord, Bernadette Szocs, and led the charge for Falcons, winning four matches and fetching them eight points to gain the advantage.

too were powered by their foreign players, and Kristian Karlsson, who won their respective matches 3-0 to set the stage for an upset.

American Zhang provided a flying start defeating Falcons' Sutirtha Mukherjee in the first match, only to see the Falcons coming back by winning the next four matches.

Maharashtra, however, won a game in each of those matches to stay ahead on points.

Swede Karlsson, also the World No. 18, arrested the slide by defeating Sanil Shetty in three games to wrest the lead from Falcons 10-8.

But Swede swung the last match in Falcons' favour by upstaging Madhurika Patkar 3-0.

Romanian Bernadette was the star for Falcons as she first teamed up with Sanil Shetty to clinch the mixed doubles against and 2-1. She then stunned her countrymate and World No. 19 Elizabeta, ranked four places above her, to give Falcons an 8-7 lead.

Results: Falcons T.T.C bt United 11-10 on points (Women's singles: Sutirtha Mukherjee lost to (USA) 0-3 (10-11, 8-11, 5-11); Men's singles: bt 2-1 (5-11, 11-8, 11-9); Mixed doubles: (Rom) / Sanil Shetty bt (Rom) / Amalraj Anthony 2-1 (11-9, 8-11, 11-6); Men's singles: (ESP) bt 2-1 (8-11, 11-3, 11-9); Women's singles: (Rom) bt (Rom) 2-1 (11-8, 6-11, 11-6); Men's singles: Sanil Shetty lost to (Swe) 0-3 (4-11, 3-11, 8-11); Women's singles: (Swe) bt Madhurika Patkar 3-0 (11-5, 11-7, 11-5).

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First Published: Thu, June 14 2018. 22:10 IST