All West Bengal affair in men's singles final

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Chandigarh, Jul 29 (UNI) The men's singles title in the All India Inter-Zone IA and AD Table Tennis Tournament will go to Accountant General West Bengal as top seed Sourav Sengupta and unseeded Samit Biswas qualified for the final at the Sector 23 Table Tennis Hall here today.

The men's singles final will be played tomorrow.

In the semi-final matches, Sourav Sengupta defeated GR Dodhi of AG Gujarat 11-8, 11-5, 11-9, 6-11, 13-11 while Samit scored an upset win over second seed Basab Chaudhary of AG Nagpal by 4-3.

Samit claimed the first game at 11-9. However, Basab won the next three games at 11-9, 11-7, 12-10 to take a 3-1 lead. Unpretentious Samit Biswas then staged a brilliant rally to win the next three games in a row at 11-6, 11-7, 11-7 to pull off a mild upset.

Top seed Gurvinder Kaur of AG Punjab and Barnali Roy of AG West Bengal qualified for the women's singles crown. North Zone winner Gurvinder snuffed out the challenge of Anita Modi of AG Rajasthan by 11-6, 11-6, 11-8, 11-7 in the first semi-final match.

In the second semi-final, Barnali Roy of AG West Bengal stunned second seed Leena Khare of AG Uttar Pradesh by 11-13, 11-9, 11-9, 11-7, 17-15.

The oldest Audit player, 59 years old Patanjali Kumar, of hosts AG Haryana, the top seed, took his appointed place in the men's veteran singles final. The star AG Haryana player defeated Asok Manjrekar of AG Madhya Pradesh by 11-8, 11-5, 11-4 in the semi-final encounter. His opponent in the final will be K Jairam of AG Andhra Pradesh who beat Somnath Parmanik of AG Himachal Pradesh 11-5, 11-2, 11-4 in the second semi-final.


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