Monday, November 29, 1999

Le Meridien Players Cup table tennis: Manasi Chajed wins under-12 title

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Fourth seed Manasi Chajed won the Cadet (Under-12) Girls title at the Le Meridien Players Cup table-Tennis Tournament played at the Deccan Gymkhana on Saturday, with consecutive upset victories in the semifinals and finals.Chajed pulled off a win over top seed Vaibhavi Kher in the semifinal, beating her convincingly in straight sets. She defeated her much-fancied opponent 11-7, 11-6, 11-3 to enter the finals, said a press nore issued here on Sunday.Up against another higher seed in the finals, Chajed then raised her game yet again to beat her opponent, second seeded Priyanka Tamhankar, again in straight sets.After winning the first two sets comfortably, the fourth seed prevailed in a closely fought third set to win the title.The semifinal lineup of the Boys Cadet event was as expected, with the four top seeds making it into the four available spots. Top seed Rajat Shinde entered the finals with a 14-12, 11-4, 11-7 victory over fourth seed Sanat Bokil.Shinde was made to fight for the first set, but won the next two relatively easily to seal the match.Rajat Shinde faced off against third seed Dhruv Kaluskar, who pulled off a minor upset against second seed Anand Kale, beating him 13-11, 9-11, 11-6, 11-5 in the other semifinal.In the final showdown, Shinde secured a relatively easy straight-set victory over Kaluskar to lift the title. Kaluskar could not find his rhythm as his top seeded opponent cruised to the title with an 11-7, 11-8, 11-9 win.Results:Cadet Girls (Under 12 yrs) - Semi Final1) Manasi Chajed (4) bt Vaibhavi Kher (1) 11-7, 11-6, 11-32) Priyanka Tamhankar (2) bt Arohi Chajed 11-8, 11-9, 8-11, 11-8Cadet Girls (Under 12 yrs) - FinalManasi Chajed (4) bt Priyanka Tamhankar (2) 11-3,11-5, 12-10Cadet Boys (Under 12 yrs) Semi Final1) Raj Shinde (1) bt Sanat Bokil (4) 14-12, 11-4, 11-72) Dhruv Kaluskar (3) bt Anand Kale (2) 13-11, 9-11, 11-6, 11-5Cadet Boys (Under 12 yrs) FinalRaj Shinde (1) bt Dhruv Kaluskar (3) 11-7, 11-8, 11-9Sub Junior Boys (Under 14 Yrs) Round -4Dhruv kaluskar bt Sarangdham Bahve 11-7, 14-12, 11-4Sidhharth Lohpatre bt Kedar Phutane 11-3, 11-5, 11-4Rohan Kulkarni bt Kaustubh Nimbalkar 11-7, 11-1, 11-6Adwait Brahme bt Anand Kale 11-9, 11-1, 5-11, 11-5Neel Joshi bt Rohit Kurapatti 11-2, 11-7, 11-3Anuj Bhave bt Ritesh Vhora 11-7, 11-7, 11-9Varun Shastri bt Manthan Shah 11-8, 12-10, 11-6Raj Shinde bt Parth Panase 11-2, 11-2, 11-9Junior Girls (Under 17 yrs) Round - 1Vedika Bhende bt Anuja Kulkarni 11-4,11-1,11-3Sruja Bhat bt Isha Joshi 11-3, 11-2, 11-2Puja Magar bt Sai Kale 1-11, 3-11, 11-8,11-6,11-6Chaitrali Bokil bt Vishwali Athawale 11-4,11-3,11-5.

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