Calcutta: South Calcutta will clash with East in the women’s final of the 68th state and inter-district table tennis championships being held at Khudiram Anushilan Kendra. East rode Moonmoon Basak, Mouma Das and Runa Roy victories to a 3-0 sweep over Siliguri. South downed Hooghly 3-1 with Poulami Ghatak winning both her matches and Sushmita Roy one. Sinjini Mitra lost to Sayantika Kundu.
Individual semi-finals — Nursery girls: Ankita Das (Siliguri) bt Shramana Dutta (East Calcutta) 11-8, 11-8); Priya Saha (North 24 Parganas) bt Medha Moitra (Siliguri) 11-7, 12-10. Nursery boys: Soumyajit Ghosh bt Sourav Saha (North 24 Parganas) 9-11, 11-8, 11-4; Pranoy Moitra (North 24 Parganas) bt Priyabrata Das (North 24 Parganas) 11-6, 11-6.
Women’s team championship: East Calcutta bt Siliguri 3-0 (Moonmoon Basak bt Mithu Pal 11-7, 8-11, 5-11, 11-4, 11-9; Mouma Das bt Kasturi Chakraborty 13-11, 11-8, 11-9; Runa Roy bt Muni Laha 11-7, 11-7, 11-5). South Calcutta bt Hooghly 3-1 (Sushmita Roy bt Saptaparni Guha 11-2, 11-5, 11-3; Poulami Ghatak bt Rajashri Saha 11-2, 11-5, 11-3; Sinjini Mitra lost to Sayantika Kundu 11-8, 9-11, 12-14, 12-10, 9-11; Poulami Ghatak bt Saptaparni Guha 12-10, 11-7, 11-8).
Siliguri bid for Mehta
With the performance graph of Siliguri table tennis players going down in the past few years, the authorities of the district association are trying their best to organise a revival. One major step towards that end is ‘importing’ a coach. They have seven-time former national champion Kamlesh Mehta in mind.
“There has already been a proposal to bring Kamlesh at our executive committee meeting. A proposal will soon be made to the Table Tennis Federation of India,” Samiran Sen, manager of the Siliguri team said.
He added that the North Korean coach at the SAI Centre for Excellence, Kim Chang Ho, worked with the Siliguri boys for about 15 days last year. “But we want Kamlesh for a longer span of time so that he can work with our boys in the different clubs.”
Meanwhile, former national champion Mantu Ghosh, a member of the Siliguri contingent, had to back out at the last moment from the state meet. She didn’t initially enter the state meet as she had to play a tournament in Assam for her office team. After that got cancelled, she was keen to represent her state.