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Sourav, Anindita emerge on top

Calcutta: Sourav Chakraborty of East Calcutta and Anindita Chakraborty of South Eastern Railway won the men’s and women’s titles, respectively, in the National Insurance 68th state table tennis championships on Thursday. While Sourav outclassed Ranabir Das of East Calcutta 11-9, 11-8, 9-11, 9-11, 11-4, 11-6, Anindita steamrolled Sushmita Roy of South Calcutta 11-5, 11-4, 11-6, 10-12, 11-7.

The women’s final was a one-sided affair with veteran Anindita taking charge from the word go. Sushmita hardly got the time to react as the 1996 champion ran through the first three games.

But Sushmita showed some resilience winning the fourth game. Just when it seemed that she was making a comeback, Anindita put an end to such thoughts.

Attack was the buzzword in the men’s final. Left-hander Sourav was the aggressor and Ranabir was doing the catching-up job. After Sourav wriggled out the first two games out of tight situations, Ranabir rallied back to claim the next two. But the left-hander was too powerful for Ranabir in the last two games, winning them quite easily.

Results (finals):

Nursery girls: Priya Saha (N 24 Parganas) bt Ankita Das (Siliguri) 11-4, 11-7. Nursery boys: Soumyajit Ghosh (Siliguri) bt Pronay Moitra (N24 Parganas) 11-2, 11-9. Cadet Girls: Shreya Ghosh (East Calcutta) bt Monalisa Mukherjee (Hooghly) 11-8, 6-11, 11-7, 11-7. Cadet Boys: Souvik Kar (East Calcutta) bt Susovan Das (N24 Parganas) 10-12, 12-10, 11-6, 4-11, 11-9. Sub-junior girls: Pallavi Kundu (N 24 Parganas) bt Samapti Biswas (South Calcutta) 11-6, 11-4, 15-13, 11-8. Sub-junior boys: Sayan Pal Roy (N 24 Parganas) bt Tuhin Sinha (Central Calcutta) 11-7, 11-9, 11-6, 9-11, 7-11, 8-11, 11-9. Girls: Anushree Saha (Central Calcutta) bt Mousumi Pal (N 24 Parganas) 11-9, 7-11, 11-5, 11-9, 5-11, 11-3.

Boys: Snehashish Bhattacharya (N 24 P) bt Amarnath Das (N24 P) 11-9, 11-6, 9-11, 7-11, 3-11, 14-12, 11-6. Women: Anindita Chakraborty (South Eastern Railway) bt Sushmita Roy (South Calcutta) 11-5, 11-4, 11-6, 10-12, 11-7. Men: Sourav Chakraborty (East Calcutta) bt Ranabir Das (East Calcutta) 11-9, 11-8, 9-11, 9-11, 11-4, 11-6. Men’s doubles: Arup Basak/ Subham Chowdhury (East Calcutta) bt Anirban Nandy/ Amit Das (Howrah) 11-9, 6-11, 11-9, 11-9. Women’s doubles: Poulami Ghatak/ Sushmita Roy (South Calcutta) bt Moushumi Pal/Pallavi Kundu (N 24 P) 11-5, 7-11, 12-10, 11-9. Boys doubles: Chiranjib Chowdhury/ Abhishek Mukherjee (Hooghly) bt Subhadip Das/ Snehashish Bhattacharya (N24 P) 11-9, 11-8, 9-11, 11-8. Mixed doubles: Arup Basak/ Mouma Das ((East Calcutta) bt Snehashish Bhattacharya/ Mousumi Pal (N24 P) 11-9, 4-11, 12-10, 11-8. Veteran’s women (40+): Mantu Murmu (Central Calcutta) bt Pritikana Banerjee (Hooghly) 9-11, 10-12, 11-3, 11-7, 11-6. Veteran’s Men (40+): Thomas Lee (Central Calcutta) bt Tapan Das Chowdhury (Central Calcutta) 11-7, 11-5, 11-7.

Veteran’s Men (50+): Tapan Chattoraj (South Calcutta) bt Subimal Sarkar (Howrah) 11-9, 11-7, 9-11, 11-9. Veteran’s Men (60+): Samarendra Roy Chowdhury (Hooghly) bt Ashok Pyne (Hooghly) 11-4, 11-7, 11-3. Team Events (winners): Men: East Calcutta; Women: South Calcutta; Boys: North 24 Parganas; Sub-junior boys: Siliguri.

Winners’ dilemma

Sourav and Anindita are in the list of Bengal probables for the National Games but they are not sure whether they’ll be able to play for the state. “We are employed with the Railways, and if they decide to compete in the Games, we won’t be able to take part for Bengal,” they said.

Bengal probables

Men: Arup Basak, Ranabir Das, Subham Chowdhury, Shibaji Dutta, Subhajit Saha, Arjun Dutta, Sourav Chakraborty, Anirban Nandy. Women: Poulami Ghatak, Mouma Das, Sushmita Roy, Anindita Chakraborty, Mantu Ghosh, Nandita Saha, Moushumi Pal, Kasturi Chakraborty.

Prankster pulled up

Arunava Ganguly, a junior table tennis player was severely reprimanded by the police on Thursday for playing a prank on Poulami Ghatak by calling on her mobile and issuing death threats. “He has apologised to me and the matter is closed,” Poulami said.

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