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Virar-based fifth seeded Rajesh Mehta, Vaishali Tambe, Raju Malviya, Vikram Vaishnav, Sushil Bandivdkar, Ganesh Phadke won the Men's, Women's, sub-junior Boys' (U-14), Junior Boys' (U-18), Veteran & Senior Citizen Singles titles in the 22nd Vasai Taluka Kala-Kreeda Mahotsav Carrom Tournament was organized by Vasai Taluka Kala-Kreeda Vikas Mandal at Ganpatrao Vartak Sabhagruha Hall, Kreeda Mandal under the auspices of Vasai Taluka Carrom Association & Maharashtra Carrom Association.
In the men's singles final, fifth seeded Mehta of Young Stars Trust prevailed over Bhupesh Vaithy of Nalasopara in straight games 25-20, 25-17 to pocket the Vasai Taluka carrom title for the first time in his career. First game which was played over eight boards Mehta playing defensively won at 25-20. But in the second game Vaithy playing an attacking game gave a tough fight and led 17-4 but his opponent held firm to win 25-17.
In the women singles final, fourth seeded Vaishali Tambe of Young Stars Trust defeated upcoming Shweta Tondwalkar also of Young Stars Trust in straight games 25-1, 25-4 to win the title for the second time in her career.
In the veteran men's singles final, top-seeded Ganesh Phadke of Vasai Vikas Mandal prevailed over second-seeded Sushil Bandivdekar in a thrilling three-game encounter 25-24, 20-25, 25-24 to win the title consecutively for the fifth time in his career.
Results: Men's Singles Final: Rajesh Mehta (YST) bt Bhupesh Vaithy (Nalasopara) 25-20, 25-17; Women Singles Final: Vaishali Tambe (YST) bt Shweta Tondwalkar (YST) 25-1, 25-4
Junior Boys' Single's Final (U-18): Vikram Baishnav (YST) bt Mayur Parmar (YST) 7-25, 25-1, 25-4; Sub-Junior Boys' Singles Final (U-14); Raju Malviya (YST) bt Sachin Kelkar (YST) 25-0, 25-0; Sr Citizen Singles Final: Susheel Bandiwadekar (YST) bt Laxman Baria (YST) 25-21, 24-25, 25-22; Veteran Singles Final: Ganesh Phadke (YST) bt Susheel Bandiwadekar (YST) 25-24, 20-25, 25-24; Men Doubles Final: Anil Bodhare/Navin Patil (YST) bt Vishwanath Deorukhakar/Hemant Palwankar (YST) 25-13, 25-15; Veteran Doubles Final: Susheel Bandiwadekar/Laxman Baria (YST) bt Ganesh Phadke/Pankaj Gupte (Vasai) 25-0, 1-25, 25-8