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Sharath, Mouma take the honours

By Our Special Correspondent

BANGALORE, DEC. 13. National and the Commonwealth champion Sharath Kamal avenged his defeat at the hands of Soumyadeep Roy in the PSPB final last week by beating the latter 13-11, 6-11, 11-8, 11-6, 8-11, 12-10 to claim the men's singles title in the South Zone National-ranking table tennis championship at the Sree Kanteerava indoor stadium here on Monday.

Mouma Das bagged the women's singles title with a 11-8, 7-11, 2-11, 11-9, 11-9, 11-3 win over National champion, Poulomi Ghatak.

The 22-year-old Sharath was in his elements today and though he didn't go for the big strokes he controlled the proceedings playing with sound judgement. Soumyadeep couldn't really open up against the quick moving Sharath, who varied the pace and came up with telling topspin drives and power packed smashes when it mattered. But despite dominating the tie, Sharath was stretched to six games.

"My idea was to totally dominate the match and in the bargain I made quite a few unforced errors, which cost me a couple of games. But on the whole it was a satisfying match as I had Soumyadeep under control", said Sharath, who had earlier won the West Zone and inter-Institutional titles.

The first game, in fact, set the tone for the match. The lanky Sharath raced to a 7-0 lead and then dropped guard allowing Soumyadeep to level at 7-all. But Sharath managed to win 13-11. Soumyadeep tried hard to check his rival and trailing 2-3 in the tie he made a last ditch effort in the sixth game to inch ahead at 10-9. But Sharath quickly tied at 10-all and then came up with a blistering smash to snatch a 11-10 lead. Soumyadeep then feebly pushed out to drop the game and match.

Mouma Das played to a plan and had Poulomi Ghatak rushing for her strokes and making many unforced errors in the process. Poulomi was at her attacking best in the second and third games but faded away as Mouma, retrieving consistently, frustrated her in the fourth and fifth games.

The results: Men's singles final: Sharath Kamal (PSPB) bt Soumyadeep Roy (PSPB) 13-11, 6-11, 11-8, 11-6, 8-11, 12-10. Semifinals: Sharath Kamal bt Subham Choudhry (PSPB) 8-11, 11-1, 11-2, 11-5, 11-6; Soumyadeep Roy bt Shubajith Saha (PSPB) 12-14, 11-9, 11-6, 11-5, 5-11, 5-11, 11-8. Women's singles final: Mouma Das (PSPB) bt Poulomi Ghatak (PSPB) 11-8, 7-11, 2-11, 11-9, 11-9, 11-3. Semifinals: Poulomi Ghatak bt Nandita Saha (PSPB) 9-11, 7-11, 11-4, 11-5, 11-4, 11-3; Mouma Das bt Neha Agarwal (Del) 11-2, 11-4, 12-10, 11-6.

Junior boys singles final: Soumyojit Sarkar (CoE) bt Sanil Shetty (Mah-B) 13-11, 9-11, 17-15, 11-7, 11-9. Junior girls singles final: K. Shamini (IB) bt Negha Agarwal 11-8, 4-11, 11-9, 4-11, 11-7, 11-8.

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