Arjun Ghosh and Ronit Bhanja, reigning Nationals Doubles champions, put up a power packed and masterclass performance to storm into the Men’s Doubles finals, at the 4th Invitational Table Tennis Tournament organised by Miramar Sports Club in collaboration with Goa TT Association and the Sports Authority of Goa. On an eventful day of matches played at multipurpose stadium, Peddem, the Bengal duo demonstrated sizzling form and class to ease past Akash Gupta/ Bhavesh Apte with a facile 3-0 score line, winning 12-10, 11-7, 11-7. In the other semi finals, Goa’s number one paddler Wesley Do Rosario combined well with Shreyal Telang to beat Yash Doshi/ Suraj Chandrashekhar 3 -0 (11-3, 11-4, 11-6).
In Mixed doubles, Wesley along with his sister Eleanor Do Rosario made short work of Yusuf Sheikh / Prutha Parrikar winning 3 -0 (11-4, 11-8, 11-2) to move into the finals. In the finals, Wesley and Eleanor will have a real battle on their hands as they take on tournament favourites and top seeds Arjun Ghosh and Aishwarya Deb who cruised into the finals with a clinical 3 -0 (11-6, 11-9, 11-4) victory over Anshuman Agarwal / Sanisha Shetye.
The Ladies singles finals will witness a contest between Aishwarya Deb who will be up against Goa’s Prutha Parrikar. Aishwarya, who is a leading contender to lift the Ladies singles title looked in sublime touch as she recorded a commanding 3 -0 (11-6, 12-10, 11-5 ) win over Sanisha Shetye. Prutha too had it easy against Goa’s Stuti Shivani, winning 11-4, 11-4, 11-4 in three straight sets.
Meanwhile, Wesley’s fine run in Men’s singles came to an end as he failed to get past Ronit Bhanja in the semi finals. Ronit, ranked India number 4 in Youth and current National doubles champion, was given a few tense moments in the match before putting it across Goa’s number one player 4 -1. He won 11-8, 13-11, 8-11, 11-9, 11-8. The other semi finals between former National champion and twice Olympian Soumyajit Ghosh versus India number 6 ranked Arjun Ghosh was an edge of the seat thriller. Living up to its high billing, the two top India players gave the spectators a lot of entertaining moments with exchange of several high quality top spins, backhand counters and lengthy rallies. Though there was very little separating the two, in the end it was Arjun who prevailed over his compatriot from Bengal with better executed shots at critical moments. In a marathon duel, he won 4 -2 (9-11, 20-18, 3-11, 14-12, 11-9, 11-5) to seal his berth in the finals where he will be up against his doubles partner Ronit Bhanja. ffffff