Sourav Sengupta steals show in Audit TT

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Chandigarh, Jul 30 (UNI) Accountant General West Bengal claimed the team championship as well as men's singles title in the IA and AD All-India Inter-Zonal Table Tennis Tournament at the Table Tennis Hall here today.

AG West Bengal proved too good for North Zone Audit champions Accountant General Uttar Pradesh by 3-1. West Bengal's star performer was Sourav Sengupta who won both his singles matches in the team championship and later defeated his colleague Samit Biswas in the men's singles final by 7-11, 11-4, 11-5, 11-6.

In the team championship AG Uttar Pradesh's Amit Srivastav raised false hopes for his team by defeating Samit Biswas by 11-7, 10-12, 11-5, 11-9 in the first singles.

However, AG West Bengal had other ideas. First Sourav Sengupta restored parity by beating SP Singh 11-8, 11-9, 11-6, while Santanu Banerjee gave West Bengal the lead by beating SK Tiwari by 11-0, 11-2, 11-3.

Fighting fit Sourav Sengupta dashed the AG Uttar Pradesh's hopes as he accounted for Amit Srivastav 8-11, 11-6, 4-11, 11-8, 11-6 in the fourth and deciding singles.

North Zone Audit champion Gurvinder Kaur of AG Punjab was crowned All-India Audit champion as the top seed defeated Barnali Roy of West Bengal in a tough women's final by 11-7, 11-13, 4-11, 19-17, 11-9, 4-11, 17-15.

Though K Jairam of AG Andhra Pradesh won the veteran singles title, his rival in the final, Patanjali Kumar of AG Haryana, received the loud cheers as he received the runner-up trophy from Principal Accountant General Punjab RP Singh. This was 59-year-old Patanjali Kumar's last departmental tournament. K Jairam won 7-11, 11-4, 11-5, 11-6.

Results (all finals): Team championship: AG West Bengal bt AG Uttar Pradesh by 3-1 (Samit Biswas lost to Amit Srivastav 7-11, 12-10, 5-11, 9-11, Sourav Sengupta bt SP Singh 11-8, 11-9, 11-6, Santanu Banerjee bt SK Tiwari 11-0, 11-2, 11-3, Sourav Sengupta bt Amit Srivastav 8-11, 11-6, 4-11, 11-8, 11-6).

Men's singles: Sourav Sengupta (AG West Bengal) bt Samit Biswas (AG West Bengal) 11-5, 13-11, 3-11, 11-6, 5-11, 8-11, 11-3.

Men's Veteran's singles: K Jairam (AG Andhra Pradesh) bt Patanjali Kumar (AG Haryana) 7-11, 11-4, 11-5, 11-6.

Women's singles: Gurvinder Kaur (AG Punjab) bt Barnali Roy (AG West Bengal 11-7, 11-13, 4-11, 19-17, 4-11, 17-15.

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