Kelkar, Rao create upsets, win titles
Prakash Kelkar from Bank of India and Sunanda Rao from Syndicate Bank, both knocked out top seeds in their respective (+49) men's and women's finals of the Indian Gymkhana-2nd Maharashtra State Masters (Veteran) table tennis championships, hosted by Indian Gymkhana.
The left-handed Kelkar just gave the top seed Rajesh Mudam, of Brihan Mumbai Corporation, no chance whatsoever with his vicious forehand drives and smashes to beat him 11-9, 11-4, 11-3.
Mudam, a title-winner in the Nagpur tourney earlier, failed to counter Kelkar's aggression and lost meekly.
Syndicate Bank's bespectacled Rao, meanwhile, showed her determination in plenty as she first beat former national champion Mangala Saraf 4-11, 11-8, 5-11, 11-8, 12-10 in the semifinals before outclassing her nemesis and top-seed Rajeshwari Mhetre 11-8, 11-5, 11-6. It was sweet revenge for Rao as Mhetre had beaten her in the Nagpur tourney finals earlier.
However, other two plus-39 top seeds, Anagha Joshi and Solapur's Nitin Toshniwal justified their top billing while capturing their respective titles. Joshi proved a bit too smart for Trupti Machwe, who had earlier sent Pune favourite Suhasini Bakre packing in the semifinals. Joshi won 11-8, 8-11, 11-3, 11-3. The men's final, which was an all-Solapur affair, saw national champion Nitin Toshniwal pipping
Vivek Alawani 12-10, 7-11, 8-11, 11-8, 13-11. Incidentally, in the team finals, in spite of Prasad Naik's winning both his singles for theKandivali Recreation Centre, the Solapur team just pipped them 3-2 to win the team title.
Women's (+39) singles: Anagha Joshi bt Trupti Machwe 11-8, 8-11, 11-3, 11-3; Women's (+49) singles: Sunanda Rao bt Rajeshwari Mehtre 11-8, 11-5, 11-6; Men's (+39) singles: Nitin Toshniwal bt Vivek Alawani 12-10, 7-11, 8-11, 11-8, 13-11; Men's (+49) singles: Prakash Kelkar bt Rajesh Mudam 11-9, 11-4, 11-3; Men's (+59) singles: Pinankin Sampat bt Srikant 11-4, 11-6, 13-11; Men's (+69) singles: Zarir Khandadia bt Adenwala 11-2, 11-8, 11-7; Team Championships Final: Solapur 'A' bt Kandivali Recreation Centre 3-2: Nitin Toshniwal bt Yogesh Desai 11-8, 8-11, 11-8, 6-11, 12-10; Sunil Babras lost to Prasad Naik 9-11, 5-11, 11-5, 9-11; Nitin/Sunil bt Yogesh/Denkar Shelarka 11-9, 11-6, 7-11, 11-4; Nitin lost to Prasad 12-14, 5-11, 9-11; Sunil bt Yogesh 11-6, 11-6, 11-5.