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Varuni topples Shamini

Varuni topples Shamini
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What was even more dramatic was that she was down 0-5 and then 3-6 in the decider. Varuni narrowed down the lead with the execution of her backhand drives and nice placements to go 7-6 up and then inched towards writing history. At 10-8 she missed a match point but recovered soon, when Shamini served, to shut her rival out at 10-9 as the 15-year-old eventually wrapped it up 11-9, 6-11, 11-6,8-11,

Rajkot: Hyderabad teenager Varuni Jaiswal scripted yet another new chapter in her blossoming career when stormed into the quarterfinals of the 11Even Sports National Ranking Table Tennis Championships at Veer Savarkar Municipal Corporation Stadium here on Saturday.Continuing her giant-killing of recent times, the Telangana State girl humbled former national champion K Shamini with a 4-3 verdict in a closely fought women singles pre-quarterfinals.

What was even more dramatic was that she was down 0-5 and then 3-6 in the decider. Varuni narrowed down the lead with the execution of her backhand drives and nice placements to go 7-6 up and then inched towards writing history. At 10-8 she missed a match point but recovered soon, when Shamini served, to shut her rival out at 10-9 as the 15-year-old eventually wrapped it up 11-9, 6-11, 11-6,8-11, 9-11,11-6, 11-9.

In other pre-quarterfinals, fourth seeded Manika beat Divya Deshpande 4-2, Ankita Das defeated Nikhat Banu 4-0, Madhurika Patkar won 4-0 against Shruti Amrute, but in another upset Amrutha Pushpak of Tamil Nadu downed third seed Pooja Sahasrabudde 11-9, 11-8, 6-11, 11-6, 8-11, 11-9.

In a clash of veterans, Mouma Das defeated Poulomi Ghatak 4-3, after the latter led 3-2. Mouma had to win the last two games to stay in contention.
Meanwhile, PSPB’s Gujarat paddler Harmeet Desai, who recaptured the national ranking title at Indore, went down 3-4 to West Bengal’s Arjun Ghosh in the men's singles pre-quarterfinals.

In other matches, top seed G. Sathiyan beat Soumyadeep Roy 4-0, AAI’s Vivek Bhargava downed Rohit Chakraborth of LIC 4-1 and another AAI boy Ronit Bhanja outplayed PSPB’s Birdie Boro to win 4-2. For Santil Shetty, it was a cakewalk as he beat Nitin Thuruvengadam of Canara Bank 4-1 and Jubin Kumar repeated the score against Telangana’s Aman Balgu.

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