Gritty Akshay puts it past Jagadish

Shreyas Kulkarni (cadet boys), Akshay BS  (non-medallist boys) and Spoorthy MV (cadet girls), winners  at the State-level table tennis tournament on Friday. DH photo

In a see-saw battle, Akshay held his nerve to overcome Jagadish at the Canara Union Hall in Malleshwaram.

Jagadish got off a good start, winning the first game 9-11 but Akshay bounced back to clinch the second 11-5. Despite losing the third game at 5-11, Akshay went on to win the next two.

Shreyas Kulkarni captured the cadet boys’ title after beating Samartha R 11-6, 14-12, 5-11, 12-10 while Spoorthy MV took home the cadet girls’ crown with a 6-11, 11-3, 11-6, 12-10 win over Aishwarya N.
Results: Boys: Non-medallist, final: Akshay BS bt Jagadish B 9-11, 11-5, 5-11, 11-9, 11-8. (Semifinals): Akshay bt Vinay NB 7-11, 11-5, 12-10, 10-12, 11-9; Jagadish bt Aditya R 11-4, 11-8, 13-11.

Cadet, final: Shreyas Kulkarni bt Samartha R 11-6, 14-12, 5-11, 12-10. (Semifinals): Shreyas bt Sanketh GS 11-4, 11-7, 11-8; Samartha bt Sucheth Shenoy 10-12, 11-9, 11-9, 11-5. (Quarterfinals): Sanketh bt Rahul Saithal 11-9, 8-11, 11-9, 11-5; Shreyas bt Rakshit B 8-11, 11-9, 6-11, 11-8, 11-7; Samartha bt Gaurav Puri 11-6, 13-11, 11-5; Sucheth bt Rohan Jamadagni 11-9, 11-6, 11-5.

Girls: Cadet, final: Spoorthy MV bt Aishwarya N 6-11, 11-3, 11-6, 12-10. (Semifinals): Spoorthy bt Anjana S 11-6, 11-7, 11-7; Aishwarya bt Medhini R Bhat 11-7, 10-12, 14-12, 11-6. (Quarterfinals): Spoorthy bt Sushmitha Bidari 11-6, 11-8, 11-6; Anjana bt Kushi V 11-8, 11-8, 11-1; Medhini bt Gayathri T 11-4, 11-6, 11-9; Aishwarya bt Priya Rao 11-9, 11-5, 11-5.

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