UTT 2023 Final: Goa Challengers crowned champions after thrilling win - Highlights
Ultimate Table Tennis Final: Goa Challengers beat favourites Chennai Lions over a marathon 15-game tie to win the 2023 UTT title.
UTT 2023 Final: Achanta Sharath Kamal's Chennai Lions lost to Harmeet Desai's Goa Challengers in the final of the 2023 Ultimate Table Tennis in Pune on Sunday.
Harmeet Desai beat Benedikt Duda to give Goa an early 2-1 lead. Yangzi Liu brought scores level at 3-3. Sharath Kamal lost his match heavily to hand back the lead to Goa. Sutirtha Mukherjee gave Chennai a chance to pull off an unbelievable comeback by winning her first two games, but it was Reeth Rishya who won the final game to give the match and title to Goa.
Results: Men's Singles: Harmeet Desai 2-1 Benedikt Duda | Women's Singles: Suthasini Sawettabut 1-2 Yangzi Liu | Mixed Doubles: Harmeet/Suthasini 1-2 Sharath/Yangzi | Men's Singles: Alvaro Robles 3-0 Sharath Kamal | Women's Singles: Reeth Rishya 1-2 Sutirtha Mukherjee
As it happened:
- 30 July 2023 3:02 PM GMT
They will not meet in singles today, but India's top two male paddlers are going up in the mixed doubles match now. Chennai take the first game despite a late fightback from Harmeet and Suthasini.
- 30 July 2023 2:53 PM GMT
Yangzi wins the third game too to bring Chennai and Goa level. All level after the first two matches of the tie. Now on to the most entertaining tie of the night: Sharath and Yangzi teaming up against Harmeet and Suthasini.
- 30 July 2023 2:34 PM GMT
The first women's singles tie of the day is between the two overseas players. Both Suthasini and Yangzi have been in top form in this year's UTT. And it looks like it will be tight here today too.
The scores are level till 7-7, before Suthasini pulls away. And Goa pulls away with this too. It is suddenly looking like defending champions Chennai could have a tough battle on their hands tonight.
- 30 July 2023 2:25 PM GMT
It was Duda who dominated the first game, but India's number 1 Harmeet came up with a sizzling show to get Goa into a 2-1 lead after the first match.
World number 32 Duda is beaten in three games. The last game went down to the wire, but Harmeet prevailed 11-8.