The UTT-84th Senior National and inter-state table tennis championships, which took place in Jammu, has concluded with Sreeja Akula and G Sathiyan clinching their respective singles titles courtesy of victories in the finals on Monday.
Facing off against two-time champion Sutirtha Mukherjee in the women’s singles summit clash, the defending champion Sreeja enagged in a neck to neck battle against her compatriot, producing a 9-11, 14-12, 11-7, 13-11, 6-11, 12-10 victory, making the 24-year-old the second women’s singles champion since Mouma Da, the 2005 edition champion who defended the title in 2006.
In the men’s singles counterpart, Sathiyan ended his stellar run in the tournament with a superb straight game victory over Harmeet Desai, winning by a 11-9, 11-7, 11-8, 11-5 margin to clinch his second title in his sixth appearance in the finals.
“I was prepared for everything from the beginning, But the final scoreline was a surprise as I don’t remember beating Harmeet in such an easy manner. But my coach S. Raman told me from the first game when Harmeet took a 7-1 lead in the first game to stay focused and attack. I was in control throughout. This is easily my best Nationals,” Sathiyan said after the win.
“I am very happy that everything came together. It was a learning experience in the team events,” commented Sreeja.
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