Amit, Gurvinder claim singles title

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Chandigarh, Jul 26 (UNI) Amit Srivastav of Accountant General Uttar Pradesh hogged the limelight by winning the men's singles title and also engineered his department to claim the team championship in the North Zone IA and AD Table Tennis Tournament organised by AG Haryana at the Sector 23 Table Tennis Hall here today.

Amit had a comfortable victory over Joginder Bisht of Delhi Audit by 11-8, 11-9, 15-13, 8-11, 6-11, 11-9 in the men's singles final.

Later, in the team championship Amit Srivastav won both his matches as AG UP defeated hosts Accountant General Haryana by 3-1.

Amit defeated Harish Kumar 11-8, 11-5, 13-11 in the opening singles and later he accounted for Amod Dixit by 11-8, 11-5, 11-7. SP Singh had made it 2-0 with a win over Amod Dixt 11-3, 12-10, 11-5.

The lone win for AG Haryana was registered by veteran Patanjali Kumar who defeated Satish Kumar Tiwari by 11-8, 12-10, 11-8.

AG UP and AG Haryana qualified for the All-India Inter-Zonal Table Tennis Tournament commencing at the Sector 23 Table Tennis Hall here on Monday.

Playing an attacking game, Amit Srivastav of AG UP defeated Joginder Bisht of Delhi Audit by 5-2 in the men's singles final.

Amit gained to a 4-0 lead. However, he temporarily lost his rhythm and allowed Joginder Bisht to claim next two games to reduce the margin (2-4) in the best of seven games. However, Amit regained his touch and wrapped up the seventh game at 11-9. The third game was a close affair and the score ran 6-all, 9-all, 11-all before Amit won two points as Joginder netted returns.

Gurvinder Kaur of AG Punjab prevailed over a stubborn Leena Khare of AG Uttar Pradesh in the women's singles final.In a closely fought first game, Gurvinder won by 11-9 but Leena hit back and restored parity with a 14-12 verdict in the second game.

Gurvinder again forged ahead by winning the third game at 11-6 but lost the fourth to Leena by 3-11 and the players were tied at two-all. Gurvinder then took the next two games at 11-9, 11-5 to clinch the crown.

Fifty-nine years old Patanjali Kumar of AG Haryana was given a standing ovation as he received the veteran singles runner-up prize from Accountant General (A and E) Haryana Mohinder Singh. The victorious AG Uttar Pradesh team also honoured Patanjali for his outstanding contribution for promoting table tennis. Patanjali is associated with the Audit TT for the last 39 years.

Results: Team championship (final): AG Uttar Pradesh bt AG Haryana 3-1 (Amit Srivastav bt Harish Kumar 11-8, 11-5, 13-11, SP Singh bt Amod Dixit 11-3, 12-10, 11-5, Satish Kumar Tiwari lost to Patanjali Kumar 8-11, 10-12, 8-11, Amit Srivastav bt Amod Dixit 11-8, 11-5, 11-7.

Men's singles (final): Amit Srivastava (AG UP) bt Joginder Bisht (Delhi Audit) 11-8, 11-9, 15-13, 8-11, 6-11, 11-9.

Women's singles (final): Gurvinder Kaur (AG Punjab) bt Leena Khare (AG UP) 11-9, 12-14, 11-6, 3-11, 11-9, 11-8.

Men's veterans singles (final): Somnath Parmanik (AG HP) bt Patanjali Kumar (AG Haryana) 13-11, 11-7, 11-7.

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