National Games TT: Harmeet, Sutirtha clinch men’s and women’s singles titles | More sports News

SURAT: Gujarat Harmeet Desai and West Bengal Sutirtha Mukherjee clinched both the men’s and women’s table tennis singles titles with dominating wins in the National games Saturday.
Local hero Harmeet beat Haryana’s Soumyajit Ghosh 4-0, while Sutirtha proved too good for national champion Sreeja Akula, with the Olympian winning 4-1 in the women’s final.
Sutirtha finished the National Games with three gold medals — women’s singles, doubles and team — while Harmeet and another paddler from Gujarat Gypsy Shah won two each.
The Gujarat men had won the team gold medal, with Harmeet and Manush playing stellar roles in front of the home crowd. Manush also clinched the mixed doubles title, teaming up Krittwika Sinha Roy.
West Bengal became the overall table tennis champions, winning four gold, one silver and three bronze medals. Gujarat finished second with three golds and three silvers. Maharashtra finished third with one silver and four bronze.
The final day well and truly belonged to Harmeet and Sutirtha as they overcame the top seeds G Sathiyan and Manika Batra in their respective semi-finals before dominating the gold medal matches.
Harmeet, who won silver in Kerala seven years ago, was not going to pass up another chance to step onto the podium and started the match with an aggressive mindset. He kept Ghosh on the defensive finding angles from both forehand and backhand to win 11-8, 11-4, 11-7, 11-8.
Sutirtha was equally clinical in stifling the attacking instinct of 2022 Commonwealth Games mixed doubles champion Sreeja, who had beaten Ayhika Mukherjee and Diya Chitale en route to the final.
Sreeja also found herself on the losing side in the mixed doubles final as she and partner FR Snehit were beaten in straight sets by Shah and Krittwika.
Previously, Sutirtha teamed with Ayhika to defeat Yashaswini Ghorpade and Kushi V of Karnataka in straight sets in the women’s doubles final.
West Bengal’s Jeet Chandra and Ronit Bhanja clinched gold in men’s doubles, beating teammates Arjun Ghosh and Anirban Ghosh in straight sets.
Earlier in the day, Harmeet and Sutirtha delivered inspired performances to upset top seeds G Sathiyan and Manika Batra in the men’s and women’s singles semi-finals.
Harmeet beat Sathiyan 4-2 while Sutirtha got the better of Manika by an identical margin.

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