Jeet in men’s singles UTT National Ranking TT C’ships semis

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Thane, Oct 31 (IANS) Of the four Haryana paddlers in the fray, only Jeet Chandra made it to the men singles semi-final of the UTT National Ranking (West Zone) Table Tennis Championships at the Sulochana Devi Singhania School here on Thursday.

All others — Soumyajit Ghosh, Jubin Kumar and Sourav Saha — failed to produce their pre-quarterfinal form and bowed out of the championships.

But Sreeja Akula stole the limelight when she accounted for top-seeded Sutirtha Mukherjee 4-3 in women singles, the decider coming to an end when the Telangana girl converted her sixth match-point in a tense quarterfinal. Down 0-2, she made a remarkable recovery but when Sutirtha levelled the score 3-3 it was anybody’s match. But Sutirtha failed to keep her nerves while Sreeja did.

In yet another quarterfinal, Diya Chitale beat Nikhat Banu of RBI 4-3.

–IANS

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