Falcons TTC registered an impressive 14-5 win over DHFL Maharashtra United in the first semi-final of the inaugural CEAT Ultimate Table Tennis (UTT) on Saturday. Falcons could overpower their opponents courtesy impressive wins secured by their star paddlers Wong Chun Ting and Liam Pitchford. The team which secures 14 points first is declared a winner in the knockouts.
Hong Kong world No. 8 Wong Chun Ting put DHFL Maharashtra United ahead with a 2-1 win over southpaw Sanil Shetty, ranked 201 in the world, in the men's singles (Foreign v Indian), the penning match of the tie.
However, Chinese world No. 13, Wu Yang, brushed aside Pooja Sahasrabudhe Koparkar (DHFL Maharashtra United) 3-0 in the women's singles (Foreign v Indian) for Falcons TTC to move 4-2 ahead on points.
In the mixed doubles (Foreign/Indian pair) DHFL Maharashtra United's pair of Harmeet Desai and the experienced Fu Yu edged out Sanil Shetty and his partner Lee Ho Ching 2-1to reduce their margin of deficit to 4-5.
Briton Liam Pitchford pulled off an upset win over Wong Chun Ting 2-1 in the men's singles (Foreign player category) to extend Falcons TTC's lead to 7-5.
Chinese ace Wu Yang won her second outing of the day as she put it past China-born Austrian world No. 22 Liu Jia (DHFL Maharashtra United) 3-0 in the women's singles (Foreign player category) to take Falcons TTC a step closer to victory, at 10 -5.
Liam Pitchford then won his second match of the day, beating Harmeet Desai 3-0 in the men's singles (Foreign v Indian) to move Falcons TTC to 13-5, with just a point away from moving into the final.
Sutirtha Mukherjee won the opening game against Liu Jia in the women's singles (Foreign v Indian) 11-10 to seal the tie for Falcons TTC. Falcons TTC will meet the winner of the second semifinal, to be played between Shaz Challengers and Dabang Smashers tomorrow, in the summit clash on Sunday.