PANAJI: Anshuman Agarwal, Ruchi Kirtani, Galya Fernandes and Aaron Farias each won double crown at the All-Goa Major Ranking Table Tennis Tournament organised by BPS Club under aegis of Goa Table Tennis Association, in Margao.
The 12-year-old Ruchi was in prime form as she cruised to a comfortable 3–0 win over Pradnya Caro to win the Girls U-13 title and thereafter created history by winning the Ladies singles title in an exciting 3-2 win over Anushri Naik, being one of the youngest to achieve such a feat.
Aaron Farias emerged winner in Boys U15 and U17 categories. In U15, Aaron was made to sweat by Akshan Lawande before prevailing in a 3-2 win while the U17 category was a much easier contest for the left-handed Aaron, who raced to a comfortable 3-0 win over former India silver-medallist Shantesh Mapshekar.
Talented youngster Anshuman Agarwal expectedly won the Junior Boys (U19) and Men’s singles titles in style. In Boys U19 final, the top seed came all guns blazing to register a facile 3–0 win over Akshan Lawande. The Men’s singles final was a much more engaging contest where the veteran warhorse Noel Noronha wrested one set, but Anshuman was virtually unstoppable, winning the title with a 4-1 scoreline.
Ishita Colaso and Chandan Caro won the Girls and Boys Under 11 titles respectively with Vaishnav Singh and Dhruva Kamat emerging as runners-up while Atharv Dhulapkar triumphed in Boys U13 category defeating Chandan Caro 3-0. The Girls U-15 finals was a battle between the sisters with Galya Fernandes cruising past Leoma Fernandes to win by 3-0. Leoma came back strongly, overcoming Urvi Surlekar with a 3-2 margin to win the Girls U-17 title. Galya bagged her second title, defeating Samaira Soares 3-1 in the Girls Under 19 finals.
Following players finished in the third place: Sheniz Souza and Vaishnavi Singh (U11 Girls); Neeza Kamat and Shreya Phadte (U13 Girls); Samaira Soares and Riya Gopi (U15 Girls); Galya Fernandes and Samaira Soares (U17 Girls); Anushri Naik and Urvi Surlakar (U19 Girls); Prutha Parrikar and Urvi Surlakar (Ladies); Chinmay Bhakre and Yug Prabhu(U11 Boys); Rishan Shaikh and Dhruva Kamat (U13 Boys); Chandan Caro and Siddhant Parsekar (U15 Boys); Azriel Fernandes and Akshan Lawande (U17 Boys); Aaron Farias and Amogh Bawachikar (U19 Boys); Aaron Farias and Ved Sardesai (Men’s)
Ajay Gawde (Executive Director – SAG), Tanisi Kirtani (former International player), Santosh George (BPS President), Yogiraj Kamat (BPS Secretary), Prasad Chitnis (BPS Treasurer) graced the finals among others.
Following are finals results:
Ishita Colaso bt. Vaishnav Singh 3-0
Chandan Caro bt. Dhruv Kamat 3-0
Ruchi Kirtani bt. Pradnya Caro 3-0
Atharv Dhulapkar bt. Chandan Caro 3-0
Galya Fernandes bt. Leoma Fernandes 3-0
Aaron Farias bt. Akshan Lawande 3-2
Leoma Fernandes bt. Urvi Surlekar 3-2
Aaron Farias bt. Shantesh Mapshekar 3-0
Galya Fernandes bt. Samaira Soares 3-1
Anshuman Agarwal bt. Akshan Lawande 3-0
Ruchi Kirtani bt. Anushri Naik 3-2
Anshuman Agarwal bt. Noel Noronha 4-1