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Rizwan claims maiden Masters Men 40+ crown


 Indore, February 17: Abu Rizwan of IA&AD defeated Parag Aggarwal of Uttar Pradesh 3-1 to emerge champion in the Men 40+ section on his maiden appearance at the 26th Masters National Table Tennis Championships which concluded at the Abhay Prashal here today.


Prior to the final, the UP paddler was the favourite for the title but Aggarwal was not in his elements when it mattered the most and was having thigh muscle pain. However, he fought well in the opening game which went neck and neck. At 10-9, Aggarwal’s missed his chance to deuce and put the ball out to let Rizwan go 1-0 up.


But in the second, the UP paddler came back strongly to take level the game. And that was all he could do as Rizwan won the next game rather easily, surging ahead with a sizeable lead. In the foruth, it was a one-horse race as Rizwan ran up a 5-0 lead before conceding a point to his rival. And Aggarwal managed to take one more point before Rizwan romped home winners with no worthwhile opposition in sight.


In Men 50+, former India international Sunil Babras of Maharashtra defeated West Bengal’s Vivek Kumar Arora 3-1 to win the title. The final was a well contested one with little separating the two players, except the experience and temperament of Babras who executed his shots well at crucial junctures.


The opening game, it was a touch-and-go affair after deuce. Both players missed a game point each before Babras managing to put it across to go 1-0 up on extended points. But in the second, Arora did well to stop Babras’ surge to level the score. In the third, Babras started well before Arora overtook him at 7-5 only to let the opportunity slip by.


Similarly, in the fourth game, Babras led 4-0 and then 10-4, just needing a match-point. But a surprise attack launched by Arora almost brought him the desired results as he took five points on the trot to close in on the lead. But Babras completed the task when he got the service back to seal his victory


RESULTS (All Finals):


Men Singles 40+: Abu Rizwan (IA&AD) bt Parag Aggarwal (UP) 11-9, 6-11, 11-6, 11-2.

Doubles 40+: Mukul Boro-Souvik Roy (RBI) bt Manish Rawat-Rohit Chaudhari (Mah) 11-8, 6-11, 11-6, 11-8.


Mixed Doubles 40+: Meenu Basak-Debdoot Chatterjee (WB) bt Shivkumar M.K.-Deepali Shital Gotadke (Kar) 11-8, 11-7, 6-11, 4-11, 11-8.


Men Singles 50+: Sunil Babras (Mah) bt Vivek Kumar Arora (WB) 14-12, 6-11, 11-8, 11-9.

Doubles 50+:Vivek Alwani-Prasad Nail (Mah) bt Niin Toshniwal-Naveen Salian (Mah) 16-=14, 12-10, 6-11, 11-7.


Mixed Doubles 50+: Vivek Arora-Mantu Murmu (WB) bt Nitin Toshniwal-Anagha R Joshi 11-8, 11-4, 5-11, 11-9.


Men Singles 60+: Prakash Kelkar (Mah) bt Percy Mehta (Mah) 8-11, 11-6, 11-4, 11-6.

Doubles 60+: Prakash Kelkar-Dinkar Selarka (Mah) bt Jayant Kulkarni-Percy Mehta (Mah) 11-9, 11-8, 8-11, 11-7.


Mixed Doubles 60+: Dinkar Selarka-Mangal Saraf (Mah) bt Avinash Joshi-Sihasini Bakre (Mah) 6-11, 12-10, 11-6, 11-8.


Men Singles 65+: Suhas Kulkarni (Mah) bt Subramanyam MS (TN) 11-6, 8-11, 7-11, 11-4, 11-4.


Doubles 65+: Satish B Kulkarni-Suhas Kulkarni (Mah) bt Premkumar PR-Sybramanyam MS (TN) 9-11, 8-11, 11-6, 11-4, 11-8.


Men Singles 70+: Balbir Singh Virdi (Chd) bt Santosh Kaushik (MP) 11-7, 11-6, 11-8.

Doubles 70+: Nazmi Khinkhabwala-Jagdish Pathak (Guj) bt Balbir Singh Virdi-Patanjli Kumar (Chd) 11-6, 12-14, 11-7, 4-11, 11-6.