UTT: Oilmax Stag Yoddhas beat RP-SG Mavericks 16-11

| Updated: Jul 24, 2017 14:11 IST

New Delhi [India], July 23 (ANI): Doo Hoi Kem, Manika Batra and Quadri Aruna recorded crucial wins to lead Oilmax Stag Yoddhas to a 16-11 win over RP-SG Mavericks in the 11th tie of the Ultimate Table Tennis (UTT) at the Thyagaraj Stadium in New Delhi on Sunday. Portugal world No. 31 Apolonia provided Mavericks with a solid start, as he thumped Indian southpaw Jubin Kumar 3-0 (11-5, 11-6, 11-9) in the men's singles (Foreign v Indian), the day's opening match. Doo Hoi Kem, however, squared it 3-3 for Oilmax Stag Yoddhas as she overcame 17-year-old Indian Archana Kamath 3-0 (11-9, 11-3, 11-6) in the in the women's singles (Indian v Foreign). Quadri Aruna/ Manika Batra quelled a spirited challenge by RP-SG Mavericks' A Sharath Kamal/ Sofia Polcanova 2-1 (11-10, 8-11, 11-8) in the mixed doubles to put Oilmax Stag Yoddhas ahead 5-4. However, Apolonia won his second match of the day when he brushed aside Croatian Tomislav Pucar 3-0 (11-5, 11-9, 11-5) in the men's singles to hand Mavericks a 7-5 lead after four matches. Subsequently, Doo Hoi Kem beat Austrian world No 44 Polcanova 3-0 (11-9, 11-7, 11-5) in the women's singles (Foreign player category) for her second victory for the day to help Oilmax Stag Yoddhas regain the lead at 8-7. Sharath Kamal levelled it at 9-all for RP-SG Mavericks with a 2-1 (11-5, 11-3, 6-11) win over Pucar in the men's singles as the tie looked headed for a keen finish. Manika Batra pulled off a spectacular 2-1 (11-10, 9-11, 11-6) win over Sabine Winter (RP-SG Mavericks) in the women's singles as Oilmax Stag Yoddhas edged ahead 11-10 with two more matches remaining. Quadri Aruna made it 14-10 for Oilmax Stag Yoddhas as he overpowered Stefan Fegerl 3-0 (11-8, 11-0, 11-5) in the men's singles. Russian Polina Mikhailova rallied to beat Sabine Winter 2-1 (10-11, 11-7, 11-9) in the women's singles to help Oilmax Stag Yoddhas seal the tie 16-11. (ANI)