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Rizwan proves too good for Tyagi in men’s 40+ final


Srinagar, August 28: Abu Rizwan of the Indian Audit and Accounts Department (IA&AD) emerged as the champion in the 40+ men's singles category when he won gold in the 28th Masters National Table Tennis Championships at the Sher-e-Kashmir Indoor Stadium here today.


He took less than 25 minutes to accomplish the task with a 3-0 win over his Uttar Pradesh rival, Rishi Raj Tyagi, boosting his department's medal tally at the championships.


Opening the game on a bright note, Rizwan controlled the entire final with his crisp forehands and backhand returns. Except for the second game when Tyagi challenged Rizwan somewhat, there was never any threat to the IA&AD man, who accumulated points at ease against the subdued Tyagi. All the medal winners received medals and cash prizes from the chief guest and the chairperson of the Committee of Administrators (CoA), Justice Gita Mittal (Retd), and the guest of honour, S.D. Mudgil, a member of the CoA.   


In the men's 50+ section, Manish Rawat of Maharashtra was down in the title clash with Basab Chaudhri of Indian Audit. After conceding the first game, the Audit man surged into a 2-1 lead. However, Rawat had the last laugh to win the next two and the winner's trophy.


In comparison, top-seed Meenu Basak did not have to break a sweat against state mate Chandrani Dey Ganguly. Playing her trademark backhand and countering her Bengal opponent, Meenu outplayed Chandrani in the 50+ women's singles final, adding to her silverware collections.


One expected the showdown in the men's singles final in the 60+ category between Vinay Chopra of Delhi and Pankaj Sharma of Punjab, the latter who has just broken into the +60 club. But nothing clicked for the 'young' Pankaj as wily Vinay decimated him with the straight-games verdict.


With SEVEN medals from the individual events alone, Maharashtra paddlers have kept the medal-pot boiling at every national championship. Maharashtra also has a good number of team titles to their credit, making them the team to beat. Yet, West Bengal, Indian Audit, Gujarat, Delhi and Karnataka paddlers have been able to breach their domination.


Results (All Finals):


Men’s Singles 40+Final: Abu Rizwan (IA&AD) bt Rishi Raj Tyagi (UP) 11-7, 11-9, 11-6.


Men’s Singles 50+Final: Manish Rawat (Mah) bt Basab Chaudhri (IA&AD) 11-9, 9-11, 9-11, 11-4, 11-9.


Men’s Singles 60+Final: Vinay Chopra (Del) bt Pankaj Sharma (Pun) 11-4, 11-6, 11-9.


Men’s Singles 70+Final: Satish B Kulkarni (Mah) bt Pinakin Sampapt (Mah) 10-12, 11-8, 11-8, 16-14.


Men’s Doubles 40+Final: Abu Rizwan/Kasturi Chakravarthy (IA&AD) bt Amit Modi/Suhas Ashok Rrane (Mah) 4-11, 11-8, 11-13, 11-6, 11-5.


Men’s Doubles 50+Final: Prasad Naik/Manish Rawat (Mah) bt Rishi Sharma/Laxmanrao Thakre (Guj) 11-5, 4-11, 11-5, 7-11, 10-12.


Men’s Doubles 60+Final: Sunil Babras/Prakash Panjabi (Mah) bt Pankaj Sharma/Ajay Sharma (Pun) 11-6, 11-2, 11-9.


Men’s Doubles 65+Final: Kishore Somani/Gopal Chakraborty (Ben) bt Percy Mehta/Prakash Kelkar (Mah) bt 11-8, 4-11, 11-3, 11-7.


Women’s Singles 40+Final: Meenu Basak (Ben) bt Chandrani Dey (Ben) 11-8, 11-6, 11-8.


Women’s Singles 50+Final: Sonal Joshi (Guj) bt Rajni Gupta (Pun) 11-5, 9-11, 11-8, 11-7.


Women’s Singles 60+Final:


Women’s Doubles 40+Final: Prasunna Parekh/Shital Shah (Guj) bt Chandrani Dey/Mousumi Banerjee (Ben) 11-8, 6-11, 6-11, 11-6, 11-9.


Women’s Doubles 50+Final: Sonal Joshi/Divya Pandya (Guj) bt Shilpa Joshi/Sushma V. Mogare (Mah) 11-6, 11-9, 11-2.


Women’s Doubles 60+Final: Swati Suhas Agharkar/Nutan Dhikale (Mah) bt Indu Sharma/Sunita Mudgil (Del) 14-12, 9-11, 12-10, 11-9.


Women’s Doubles 65+Final: Mangal Saraf/Ranjana S Patki (Mah) bt Jyoti Kulkarni/Maria Ingrid D’Sa (Mah) 10-12, 11-2, 11-2.


Mixed Doubles 40+Final: Gaurav Doshi/Prasunna Parekh (Guj) bt Anjana Rao/C.R.Satyajit (Kar) 13-11, 4-11, 12-10, 9-11, 11-9.


Mixed Doubles 50+Final: Manish Rawat/Shilpa Joshi (Mah) bt Sanjay Mehta/Neeta Vaishnav (MP) 11-7, 12-10, 11-3.


Mixed Doubles 60+Final: Jaswinder Singh Patheja/Mantu Murmur (WB) bt Ravinder Kumar Sharma/Indu Sharma (Del) 3-2 (7-11, 9-11, 11-5, 11-8, 11-8).