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UTT 2017: Oilmax Stag Yoddhas beat RP-SG Mavericks 16-11

DO HOI KEM, Manika Batra and Quadri Aruna recorded crucial wins to lead Oilmax Stag Yoddhas to a 16-11 win over RP-SG Mavericks in the 11th tie of the CEAT Ultimate Table Tennis (UTT) at the Thyagaraj Stadium in New Delhi, on July 23.
Portugal world No. 31 Apolonia provided Mavericks with a solid start, as he thumped Indian southpaw Jubin Kumar 3-0 (11-5, 11-6, 11-9) in the men’s singles (Foreign v Indian), the day’s opening match.
Doo Hoi Kem, however, squared it 3-3 for Oilmax Stag Yoddhas as she overcame 17-year-old Indian Archana Kamath 3-0 (11-9, 11-3, 11-6) in the in the women’s singles (Indian v Foreign).
Quadri Aruna/ Manika Batra quelled a spirited challenge by RP-SG Mavericks’ A Sharath Kamal/ Sofia Polcanova 2-1 (11-10, 8-11, 11-8) in the mixed doubles to put Oilmax Stag Yoddhas ahead 5-4.
However, Apolonia won his second match of the day when he brushed aside Croatian Tomislav Pucar 3-0 (11-5, 11-9, 11-5) in the men’s singles to hand Mavericks a 7-5 lead after four matches.
Subsequently, Doo Hoi Kem beat Austrian world No 44 Polcanova 3-0 (11-9, 11-7, 11-5) in the women’s singles (Foreign player category) for her second victory of the day to help Oilmax Stag Yoddhas regain the lead at 8-7.
Sharath Kamal leveled it at 9-all for RP-SG Mavericks with a 2-1 (11-5, 11-3, 6-11) win over Pucar in the men’s singles as the tie looked headed for a keen finish.
Manika Batra pulled off a spectacular 2-1 (11-10, 9-11, 11-6) win over Sabine Winter (RP-SG Mavericks) in the women’s singles as Oilmax Stag Yoddhas edged ahead 11-10 with two more matches remaining.
Quadri Aruna made it 14-10 for Oilmax Stag Yoddhas as he overpowered Stefan Fegerl 3-0 (11-8, 11-0, 11-5) in the men’s singles.
Russian Polina Mikhailova rallied to beat Sabine Winter 2-1 (10-11, 11-7, 11-9) in the women’s singles to help Oilmax Stag Yoddhas seal the tie 16-11.
On Monday, DHFL Maharashtra United will meet Shazé Challengers in their fourth round encounter.

RP-SG Mavericks 11-16 Oilmax Stag Yoddhas
MS – Tiago Apolonia beat Jubin Kumar  3-0 (11-5, 11-6, 11-9)
WS – Archana Kamath lost to Doo Hoi Kem 0-3 (9-11, 3-11, 6-11) 
MD – Sharath Kamal/ Sofia Polcanova lost to Quadri Aruna/ Manika Batra 1-2 (10-11, 11-8, 11-8)
MS – Tiago Apolonia beat Tomislav Pucar 3-0 (11-5, 11-9, 11-5)
WS – Sofia Polcanova lost to Doo Hoi Kem 0-3 (9-11, 7-11, 5-11)
MS – Sharath Kamal beat Tomislav Pucar 2-1 (11-5, 11-3, 6-11)
WS – Sabine Winter lost to Manika Batra 1-2 (10-11, 11-9, 6-11)
MS – Stefan Fegerl lost to Quadri Aruna 0-3 (8-11, 10-11, 5-11)
WS – Sabine Winter lost Polina Mikhailova 1-2 (11-10, 7-11, 9-11)

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