Sunday, August 14, 2011

India's Best Pro Tour show at Santiago continues

The great news is pouring in from the Chile Pro Tour Table Tennis tournament at Santiago. India returns with a rich haul from the competition at the South American nation.
Sanil Shetty and Sourav Chakraborty
Sourav Chakraborty and Sanil Shetty won the bronze medal in the Men's doubles. Sourav and Sanil played clinically and blanked all their opponents until they ran into the pair who had upset the top seeds in the first round. Cillis Javier and Liu Song beat Sourav and Sanil 4-1 in the semi finals. They had a win over the No. 1 pair Benjamin Rogiers and Yannick Vostes of Belgium.

Sourav and Sanil fought valiantly before bowing down in a close encounter (closer than the score suggests, it had two deep deuce games).

Earlier, Soumyajit sensationally won the U 21 title, a very rare occurrence for an Indian in a Pro Tour. Soumyajit beat Harmeet Desai 4-1, even though he had lost the Men's singles pre quarter tussle with the same player. Hats off to Harmeet too for the great performance in the Men's singles, finals in the U 21 Boys, and a medal in the Men's doubles.

Manika gave a good account of herself by reaching the girls U 21 and upsetting a truly world class player in the bargain.

K Shamini and Madhurika Patkar finished runners up in the Women's doubles, capping an already impressive show by India at the tournament.

All the players will see a good rise in the world rankings that will be released in September.