Sathiyan, Poulomi claim titles

PSPB’s G Sathiyan and Poulomi Ghatak won men’s and women’s singles titles respectively at the AAI 44th Inter-Institutional table tennis championships at the Thyagraj Stadium here on Friday.

Sathiya defeated his PSPB colleague and last year’s champion Soumyajit Ghosh 11-1, 6-11, 11-7, 11-9, 10-12, 11-9 in a thrilling contest while former national champion Poulomi beat young Pooja Sahasrabudhe 12-10, 9-11, 11-9, 13-11, 8-11, 11-8 in women’s final.

“A great victory, coming after a long time,” said Sathiyan who also bagged two more crowns -- men’s doubles with Sourav Saha and also the team title three days ago. “I was really delighted to keep my attacking posture right through. Credit to my coach (S) Raman (former national champion).”

For hosts AAI, a consolation title came in the women’s doubles. Nikhat Bhanu and Kritwikka Sinha Roy combined well against the PSPB pair of Reeth Rishya and Narasimha Priya to win 11-7, 11-8, 11-9. The men’s doubles title went to G Sathiyan and Sourav Saha who beat Ghosh and Harmeet Desai 11-7, 11-9, 11-9.

Results (all finals): Men’s singles: Sathiyan (PSPB) bt Soumyajit Ghosh (PSPB) 11-1, 6-11, 11-7, 11-9, 10-12, 11-9.

Doubles: G Sathiyan/ Sourav Saha (PSPB) bt Soumyajit Ghosh/ Harmeet Desai 11-7, 11-9, 11-9.

Women’s singles: Poulomi Ghatak (PSPB) bt Pooja Sahasrabudhe (PSPB) 12-10, 9-11, 11-9, 13-11, 8-11, 11-8.

Doubles: Nikhat Bhanu/ Kritwikka Sinha Roy (AAI) bt Reeth Rishya/ Narasimha Priya (PSPB) 11-7, 11-8, 11-9.

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