Three weeks of breath-taking action came to an end after Chennai Lions sailed away to an epic one-sided victory to bag the Ultimate Table Tennis (UTT) crown on Sunday. In front of a packed home, the Sharath Kamal-led Lions flattened the defending champions Dabang Delhi by 8-1 to make for a premature end to the league.
Lions moved to the mandatory 8 points in the first three games itself, making the final two needless. It was the team’s imports – Petrissa Solja of Germany and Tiago Apolonia of Portugal – who proved to be the stars of the grand finale. The duo tamed Romania’s Bernadette Szocs 2-1 and G Sathiyan 3-0, respectively, to clinch a formidable lead. Sharath and Petrissa then ensured that the final was in their favour after putting an A-class in the mixed doubles by collecting the last three needed points.
“This is an amazing win. We played near flawless table tennis and came up with the perfect plan for the final,” an exhilarated Sharath said after the comfortable victory.
Petrissa, an Olympic silver medallist, provided Lions with a flying start by thrashing Bernadette in the opening women’s singles. The Delhi paddler was out of form and Petrissa rightfully capitalised on it. She raced away to a 5-2 lead in the opening set before bagging six straight points to pocket it 11-5.
The second set was no different as Petrissa wrapped the proceedings at 11-4, much to Bernadette’s disappointment. She sealed the third contest with an 11-9 win.
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The victory set the tone for the night. In the next game in the men’s singles, Delhi skipper Sathiyan failed to keep up with Tiago who won in 11-6, 11-7, 11-9. This was a surprising outcome since Sathiyan is ranked higher than his World No. 71 Portuguese opponent.
Super Server Of The League: Jon Persson (Dabang Delhi)
Standout Player Of The League: Sutirtha Mukherjee (U Mumba TT)
Most Valuable Player Of The League (Female): Doo Hoi Kem (U Mumba Tt)
Most Valuable Player Of The League (Male): Sathiyan Gnanasekaran
The Ultimate One: Petrissa Solja (Chennai Lions)