Sonepat: Aadarsh Om Chetri of Delhi blanked out Preyesh Raj Suresh of Tamil Nadu 4-0 to take home the glittering Sub-Junior Boys trophy along with a prize purse in the UTT National Ranking Table Tennis Championships (North Zone) which concluded here at the DPS Hall on Sunday.
The Sub-Junior Girls crown went the way of Suhana Saini of Haryana as she beat Taneesha Kotecha of Maharashtra 4-1.
Chetri, who had the measure of left-hander Preyesh, established a quick lead. Going from strength to strength, he capitalised on some unforced errors that the Tamil Nadu boy made. But then there were occasions when Preyesh played really well but Chetri was undoubtedly the better of the two.
Suhana did not have to sweat it out much against the Maharashtra girl who was rendered passive for most part of the final. However, in the opening game which the Haryana girl won after deuce, Taneesha showed glimpses of a good fight brewing. Though there was sporadic attacks from her, they never threatened Suhana’s title aspirations.
In Cadet Boys final, Uttar Pradesh’s Umesh Kumar emerged winner after he defeated Dhruv Shah of Maharashtra 4-1, while Diya Bramhachary of West Bengal downed state mate Nandina Saha 4-2 for the Cadet Girls crown.
Dhruv looked like putting up a fight when he won the fourth game but Umesh, who led 3-0, shut him out in the next game itself to lift the trophy. For Divya, who won her maiden crown, it was a little tough against Nadini as the two paddlers kept winning the alternate games. At 2-2 all, it was anybody’s title but the win in the fifth game gave Diya the edge and she confidently clinched the next game 13-11.
In Sub-Junior Boys semi-finals, Chetri faced some resistance after comfortably leading 2-0 but the Delhi boy brushed it aside to book his berth in the final against Sarth Mishra of UP. But in the case of Preyesh Raj, it was a touch-and-go until he wrapped it up against Divyansh Srivastava, also of UP, to win 4-2.
The Tamil Nadu left-hander used subtle variations in his serve which fetched him quite a number of points against the UP paddler. Even Divyansh played some brilliant shots on his backhand but whenever Preyesh used the angles rather well they always had the UP boy in a tangle. Yet, he managed to take two games off the left-hander but in the sixth game he squandered his chance after deuce as Preyesh won the game on extended points.
In Sub-Junior Girls, Haryana’s Suhana Saini decimated West Bengal’s Nilishma with a 4-0 verdict while Taneesha Kotecha dropped a game before winning 4-1 against another West Bengal girl, Sneha Bhowmick.
In Cadet Boys, Umesh Kumar of Tamil Nadu had it easy against PSPBA boy Divyaj Rajkhowa Roy but Dhruv Shah of Maharashtra struggled a bit before emerging winner in the second semi-final against Kshetrimayun Singh of PSPBA. The Maharashtra boy won 3-2.
In Cadet Girls, West Bengal’s Nandini Saha defeated Jennifer Varghese of Maharashtra 3-2 but Divya Bramhachary, also of West Bengal, registered a 3-0 victory.
Sub-Junior Boys: Final: Aadarsh Om Chetri (Del) bt Preyesh Raj Suresh (TN) 11-9, 11-5, 12-10, 13-11; Semi-finals: Aadarsh Om Chetri bt Sarth Mishra (UP) 11-5, 11-5, 15-13, 13-11; Preyesh Raj bt Divyansh Srivastava (UP) 11-9, 11-6, 6-11, 11-9, 8-11, 13-11.
Sub-Junior Girls: Final: Suhana Saini (Har) bt Taneesha Kotecha (Mah) 12-10, 8-11, 11-3, 11-9, 13-11; Semi-finals: Suhana Saini bt Nilishia Sarkar (WB) 11-8, 11-9, 11-5, 11-9; Taneesha Kotecha bt Sneha Bhowmick (WB) 15-13, 11-9, 11-7, 8-11, 11-9.
Cadet Boys: Final: Umesh Kumar (UP) bt Dhruv Shah (Mah) 11-6, 11-9, 11-6, 7-11, 11-9; Semi-finals: Umesh Kumar bt Divyaj Roy (PSPBA) 11-9, 13-11, 11-9; Dhruv Shah bt Kshetrimayun Singh (PSPBA) 13-11, 11-8, 5-11, 8-11, 11-9.
Cadet Girls: Final: Diya Bramhacahry (WB) bt Nandini Saha (WB) 11-9, 5-11, 11-9, 8-11, 11-5, 13-11; Semi-finals: Nandini Saha bt Jennifer Varghese (Mah) 7-11, 11-8, 7-11, 11-3, 11-9; Diya Bramhachary bt M. Hansini (TN) 12-10, 11-8, 11-7.