The second tie of the IndianOil Ultimate Table Tennis (UTT) Season 4 will see Bengaluru Smashers up against U Mumba TT on Friday here at the Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex, Mahalunge-Balewadi in Pune.
The franchise-based league, promoted by Niraj Bajaj and Vita Dani under the auspices of the Table Tennis Federation of India (TTFI), has been a game-changer for Indian table tennis since its inception in 2017 and will look to achieve success in its fourth season as well.
Bengaluru Smashers come into the IndiaOil Ultimate Table Tennis Season 4, powered by DafaNews, with a strong contingent spearheaded by star Indian paddler Manika Batra. The World No. 35 believes her franchise has a great combination of players and will give their best.
"I am really excited to play in the UTT this season. There are a lot of new faces in Season 4 and it will be a thrilling experience to play with them. Bengaluru Smashers will give their best in every tie," commented Manika.
Besides Manika, Sanil Shetty, Poymantee Baisya and Jeet Chandra will also look to make an impact in the tie. The franchise has also roped in international stars Natalia Bajor and Kirill Gerassimenko, who are known for their tactical brilliance and could prove to be the key to Bengaluru's success.
On the other hand, U Mumba TT, known for their exceptional performances in the past seasons, is ready to make a statement once again. They have a seasoned paddler and African champion in Aruna Quadri (WR 18), who is also the highest-ranked player in IndianOil Ultimate Table Tennis Season 4 and will look to make a massive impact in the league.
Lily Zhang is another international player in the squad, while Manav Thakkar and Mouma Das are the star Indian attractions in the franchise. Youngsters Diya Chitale and Sudhanshu Grover will also look to stamp their presence in the league with some big victories.
"I am super excited to be here in India again and play some really good table tennis. I played here in Season 2 and it feels great UTT is back again this time with new faces. The team spirit and environment in my franchise is really good and I am looking forward to our first match," stated Zhang ahead of the tie.
The tie will start at 7.30 PM with broadcast on Sports 18 and streamed on JioCinema. The tickets will be available on BookMyShow.
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