ONGC paddlers win National Ranking Table Tennis Tournaments


Pooja Sahasrabudhe’s victory at West Zone National Ranking Tournament Thane:

Pooja Sahasrabudhe claimed the title at the Thane National Ranking Table Tennis Tournament.  In an exciting all ONGC final, Pooja beat fancied Madhurika Patkar 4 games to 3. Earlier in the Semi Final, she defeated K.Shamini in an identical score line of 4-3.

Pooja in action during West Zone National Ranking Tournament

A. Amalraj, Madhurika Patkar, Pooja Sahasrabuddhe & Divya Deshpande excel in East Zone National Ranking Table Tennis Tournament at Siliguri.

A.Amalraj and Madhurika Patkar clinched the men’s & women’s titles respectively at the East Zone National Ranking Tournament held at Siliguri (North Bengal) from Oct 24-19, 2013 while Pooja Sahasrabudhe went down fighting in the semi-final.

Amalraj beat Sourav Saha, a scholarship player from ONGC, 4-0(11-8, 11-7, 14-12, 11-7) in the quarter final & then went on to trounce Subhajit Saha from Oil India Ltd, 4-0 (11-9, 11-3, 15-13, 11-5) in the semi-final. The win over experienced Saha is noteworthy considering he was a National Champion, Commonwealth Gold Medalist and Arjuna Awardee. In the final, Amalraj beat Soumyajit Ghosh, who represented India in London Olympics, in 6 games (15-13, 11-7, 5-11, 7-11, 11-8, 11-8).  The win was a milestone for Amalraj who finally put it across Ghosh, the current national champion after 10 earlier defeats including a very disappointing loss last year during the Olympics qualification.

Meanwhile in the women’s category Madhurika Patkar, the no 5 seed, breezed past Mouma Das in straight sets (11-7, 11-2, 11-4, 11-7). Patkar wrapped up the match in 20 minutes and during a post-match interview had this to say, "I am very happy today, Mouma is a far more experienced player & winning against her always requires extra energy, different strategy and hard work because she never gives up.  Usually our match stretches to 7 games, but today winning against her so easily is unbelievable."

In one semi-final Patkar beat fellow ONGCian & 12th seed Divya Deshpande in a gruelling seven game encounter (11-7, 11-4, 5-11, 15-13, 5-11, 8-11, 11-9) while in the other semi-final ONGCian Pooja Sahasrabudhe the no 2 seed, went down against Mouma Das in seven games. It is a matter of pride that out of the 4 semi-finalists in the women section, 3 were from ONGC.

Deshpande caused a few upsets enroute to the semi-final and the highlight of them being the win over top seeded K.Shamini in the quarter-final while the other was against the no 8 seed & fellow team mate Mousumi Paul. The win against Shamini proved Deshpande’s grit as she came back from 1-3 behind and kept fighting till the last point and ultimately won the match.

Congrats to all players and GC-Table Tennis Borthakur on this remarkable feat.


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