National Games: Gujarat Men and West Bengal Women Win Gold

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Top-seeded Gujarat played their form faithfully, winning all their group matches and knockouts in royal fashion 3-0

Top-seeded Gujarat played their form faithfully, winning all their group matches and knockouts in royal fashion 3-0

After finishing with a silver medal in the previous edition of the Kerala National Games in 2015, Gujarat (men) and West Bengal (women) went one better by winning gold in the table tennis event Games in Surat on Wednesday.

Host Gujarat couldn’t have asked for a better result as they put in a top-notch performance by beating Delhi 3-0 in the final. Earlier, West Bengal’s experience came to the fore as their women’s team won the gold medal, beating a young Maharashtra 3-1 in the summit clash.

Gujarat, the top seed, played their form faithfully, winning all their group matches and knockouts in royal fashion 3-0.

Manav Thakkar beat Sudhanshu Grover 11-3, 13-11, 14-12 in the opener while Harmeet Desai was clear in their 11-7, 11-3, 12-10 win over 17-year-old Payas Jain. in the second tie. Manush Shah defeated Yashansh Malik 11-4, 11-9, 11-4 in Game 3.

In the women’s summit clash, Ayhika Mukherjee put Bengal ahead with an easy 11-3, 11-5, 11-3 victory over Swastika Ghosh. Swastika was out at sea for the spin Ayhika employed through his soft button rubber on his forehand.

After Reeth beat Sutirtha in three straight games in the second draw, the blame fell to 38-year-old Mouma Das in the crucial third game. The veteran didn’t disappoint, proving that motherhood hasn’t dulled her instincts and fighting spirit at all. Mouma saved two match points at 9-10 and 10-11 in Game 4 to script a five-game win over Diya Chitale.

In a match that saw fortunes fluctuate, Sutirtha beat Swastika in five games to earn the fourth draw.

The results

Men: Gujarat v Delhi 3-0 (Manav Thakkar v Sudhanshu Grover 11-3, 13-11, 14-12; Harmeet Desai v Payas Jain 11-7, 11-3, 12-10; Manush Shah v Yashansh Malik 11-4, 11-9, 11-4).

Women: West Bengal v Maharashtra 3-1 (Ayhika Mukherjee v Swastika Ghosh 11-3, 11-5, 11-3; Sutirtha Mukherjee lost v Reeth Rishya 9-11, 11-13, 9-11; Mouma Das v Diya Chitale 6 – 11, 16-14, 10-12, 14-12, 11-6; Sutirtha bt Swastika 11-4, 11-13, 11-9, 10-12, 11-6).

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