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PROUD WINNERS: The PSPB boys and the Tamil Nadu girls, the winners of the sub-junior National and inter-State table tennis championships in Pondicherry. — Photo: T. Singaravelou

PONDICHERRY: Petroleum Sports Promotion Board (Ajmer) and Tamil Nadu won the sub-junior boys' and girls' titles respectively in the Suzlon National sub-junior and inter-State table tennis championship, hosted by Pondicherry State TTA, at the Rajiv Gandhi Indoor Stadium here on Friday.

In the girls' final, Tamil Nadu, after a nervous start, got the better of Maharashtra `A' 3-1, while PSPB had the measure of North Bengal 3-1 to bag the boys' title.

Panic buttons were pressed when K.K. Narmadha lost the first girls' match to Mallka Bhandarkar. In came V. Sneha attacking from the word go against Shruti Talnikar.

Pegging Shruti to the backhand, Sneha went for her shots. N. Vidya took over from there. After a tough first game, Vidya did not give the stocky Roma Dutia any chance. In the fourth match, Narmadha, having taken a 2-1 lead over Shruti, closed out the match as expected.

In the boys' final, only Raj Mondal stood between PSPB and victory. He has been a thorn in the flesh for all the players. With his height and body structure, he packs more punch than most others.

He won his first match against Nitin V. Thiruvengadam quite convincingly, equalising the scores at 1-1.

Sourav Saha gave PSPB the crucial 2-1 lead. Now it was left to Nitin to finish the fourth match and with it the tie against Soumyajit Ghosh. Nitin rose to the occasion. The Pondicherry Chief Minister, N. Rangasamy, gave away the prizes.

The results (finals):

Sub-junior boys: PSPB bt North Bengal 3-1 (Mohit Varma bt Soumyajit Ghosh 9-11, 11-7, 14-12, 11-9; V. Nitin Thiruvengadam lost to Raj Mondal 7-11, 11-9, 7-11, 7-11; Sourav Saha bt Nandanik S. 11-5, 11-3, 11-8; Nitin Thiruvengadam bt Soumyajit Ghosh 11-4, 11-7, 11-9).

Cadet boys: North Bengal bt Bengal 3-1 (Avik Das bt Anubhav Kundu 8-11, 11-8, 11-8, 12-10; Rajib Sarkar lost to Ayon Basak 11-7, 8-11, 9-11, 10-12; Arnab Adhikar bt Subham Basak 11-3, 11-7, 11-9; Avik Das bt Ayon Basak 11-7, 11-5, 11-3).

Sub-junior girls: TN bt Maharashtra `A' 3-1 (K.K. Narmadha lost to Mallka Bhandarkar 4-11, 8-11, 3-11; V. Sneha bt Shruti Talnikar 12-10, 11-6, 12-10; N. Vidya bt Roma Dutia 13-11, 11-4, 11-7; K.K. Narmadha bt Sruti Talnikar 8-11, 11-8, 11-5, 11-9).

Cadet girls: Maharashtra `A' bt TN 3-0 (Charvi Kawle bt S. Krithicka 11-9, 11-8, 8-11, 11-7; Mallka Bhandarkar bt T. Reet Rishya 11-6, 11-3, 11-2; Natasha Kulkarni bt S. Narasimha Priya 7-11, 17-15, 11-9, 11-9).

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