Lucknow, Jan 26 (IANS) Mamta Prabhu helped Maharashtra A win the women’s crown in the 73rd Senior National and Inter-State Table Tennis Championships at the SAI sub-centre hall here Thursday. Petroleum Sports Control Board (PSPB), led by Sharath Kamal, retained the men’s title.
Maharashtra A team thus became the first state outfit to win the Jayalakshmi Cup, beating North Bengal 3-2.
Mamta was staring down the barrel, trailing 2-5 against the experienced Nandita Saha in the fourth game which the Maharashtrian had to win to keep her team in the match. Mamta not only levelled the score at 6-all, but also opened out with full determination to attack her opponent. That paid dividends and she wrapped the game 11-7.
In the decider, she just went on a cruise mode, taking a comfortable 3-0 lead to bring more pressure on her opponent. That was when Nandita cracked and with Maharashtra team members straining their vocal chords for Mamta’s support. She walked away with an easy win in the fifth game to shut out any challenge from Nandita, prevailing 11-8, 11-13, 11-9, 7-11, 8-11.
“I must give full credit to the team spirt and I am happy I lived up to expectations,” said a beaming Mamta. “I knew before the game that I needed to win two of matches to have any chance for us to win the championships. I was prepared, but it was another day and I had simply put behind our team’s show yesterday and approached the matches with an open mind. That helped me a lot,” said Mamta.
Indeed, the opportunity was great and Maharashtra grabbed it with both hands despite North Bengal’s Ankita Das playing her role to perfection, winning both her matches.
Earlier, Madhurika Patkar won her first singles against Nandita Saha while Divya Deshpande defeated Takeme Sarkar to give Maharashtra the edge. The five-match rubber consumed nearly three hours.
The men’s final was over in an hour with PSPB blanking out Tamil nadu 3-0. Sharath won 11-6, 11-7, 11-8 against RS. Raja while G. Vinod stretched Amal Raj before losing 5-11, 11-4, 8-11, 9-11. Soumyadeep Roy toyed with Sivananda Seshadri, winning the third singles in less than 15 minutes for a 11-9, 11-6, 12-10 verdict.
Men’s team championship (final): PSPB bt Tamil Nadu 3-0 (A Sharath Kamal bt RS Raja 11-6, 11-7, 11-8; A Amalraj bt G Vinod 11-5, 4-11, 11-8, 11-9; Soumyadeep Roy bt Sivananda Seshadri 11-9, 11-8, 12-10).
Bronze medal winners: Maharashtra A and Gujarat.
Women’s team championship (final): Maharashtra A bt North Bengal 3-2 (Madhurika Patkar bt Nandita Saha 11-6, 11-9, 11-5; Mamta Prabhu lost to Ankita Das 9-11, 11-8, 11-13, 10-12; Divya Deshpande bt Takeme Sarkar 11-5, 13-11, 11-8; Madhurika Patkar lost to Ankita Das 9-11, 10-12, 12-14; Mamta Prabhu bt Nandita Saha 8-11, 13-11, 9-11, 11-7, 11-8).
Bronze medal winners: PSPB and West Bengal.