Category: Tennis

Ashok DhamijaMay 25, 2019
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Defending champions ONGC scored a hard fought 2-1 win against former champions Air India in an Elite Division match of the Rustomjee-MDFA League 2018-19 to continue their unbeaten run this season on Monday The much awaited derby match played at the Cooperage ground, saw  Panvel based ONGC team stamp their authority from the outset and take firm control of the proceedings in the first half. ONGC took the lead when Abhijit Taware scored from a rebound in the 16th minute of an attempt by seasoned campaigner Himanshu Patil whose initial shot which was parried away by goalkeeper Aditya Mishra. ONGC quickly doubled their lead two minutes in to the second half through a swift counter-attacking move. Arif Shaikh set up his team’s consistent scorer Himanshu,  who made the most of the opportunity with an open goal in front of him to double the lead.

Air India who missed the services number of players through injuries including their Navi Mumbai based skipper Vijith Shetty slowly found their groove following the introduction of Rinaldo Fernandes. The substitute combined so well with Shravan Shetty for the remainder of the match. Shravan who was fouled inside the box by Dhurwesh Nijap resulted in the Airmen being awarded a penalty. Rinaldo stepped up and found the back of the net to reduce the deficit by one goal in the 81st minute of the match Earlier ONGC’s Captain Fanai Lalmuanpuia under whose leadership the oilmen had won eight of their nine matches this season, once again played a pivotal role in the centre of the field and was the key link between the defense and the attack to once again ensured his team continue to occupy the top position in the league.   Air India on the other hand are placed third currently.

Results (Elite Div): ONGC 2 (Abhijit Taware, Himanshu Patil) beat Air India 1 (Rinaldo Fernandes) (HT 1-0).


Ashok DhamijaAugust 8, 2018
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Playing in different age groups in the 2nd edition of the ‘Navi Mumbai & Raigad District Table Tennis Championship Tournament-2018’, Navi Mumbai paddlers Rushabh D. Salaskar, Ankita Kamlesh Singh and  Alina Mulla outstanding performances saw them bag two Singles crown each on Sunday. Organised by Navi Mumbai Sports & Samajik Vikas Mandal and Raigad District Table Tennis Association (RDTTA) jointly at CIDCO Community Centre, New Panvel under the Guidance of Shiv Chhatrapati Awardee, Sanjay S. Kadu the two day tournament witnessed participation from 285 paddlers who participated across eight age groups including Youth, Men and Women Open, Veterans categories. The District championship which was inaugurated by RDTTA Vice President, Snehal Sanjay Kadu lived to its top billing as the premier tournament in the city and witnessed as was evident from many closely contested matches including the finals in both Singles and Doubles events.

Rushabh who had finished runner’s-up in the first edition of this very District tournament, however gave an improved performance in this time around. He   showed nerves of steel to overcome Sarvesh Vilas Angre (Pillai College, Rasayani) 4/3 in a best of seven games finals to lift the Single crown in the Youth Boys category.  Buoyed by his maiden success Rushabh who is a student in a Mumbai based college, in absence of Panvel No. 1 and defending champion Amit Chavan, latter defeated Vijaysingh Rawat from Taloja 4/1 to clinch the Men’s Singles title too, for his second individual crown of the championship. The talented paddler latter teamed up with defending Veteran Singles champion  Navin Natu to win the Men’s Double crown against the duo of Sneheel Sarangi and Vijaysingh Rawat  3/1, in what was an all Navi Mumbai affair.

On the other hand Airoli based Ankita  Kamlesh Singh was stretched to the limits by under-12 paddler Alina Mulla twice in her quest for glory in the Youth Girls and Women Singles championship round. In both the finalist the Kendriya Vidyalaya, Indian Institution of Technology (KV IIT), Powai student prevailed over Apeejay School, Nerul champion 4/3 in fiercely contested matches.

Earlier defending champion in the under-12 Girls category Alina regained the District level crown for the second time in a row after she defeated Janhvi Baguali (New Horizon School, New Panvel) in an edge of the seat thriller 3/2. Alina latter shocked defending champions Aditi Jadhav (DAV Public School, New Panvel) 3/1 to annex the under-14 Girls crown too.

Aditi however made up for the loss by dominating the doubles event along with her partners Janhvi Baguali and Reet Sharma from St. Joseph New Panvel in the Under-12 and 14 Girls category respectively for a golden double.

It was a mixed outing for D.Y. Patil International School, Nerul’s Siddharth Gubbala in the under-12 and Under-14 Boys Singles title rounds. Siddharth who lost the under-12 final to Tushar Khandekar (Bal Bharati Public School, Kharghar) 2/3, however held in nerves to pip Rajneesh Chiplunkar (Apeejay School, Kharghar) 3/2 in the under-14 finals. Siddharth latter teamed up with

Tushar to defeat Kharghar based duo of Anurag Rajesh and Pruthvi Raghav 3/2 in an evenly contested final to bag the first of his doubles crown. Siddharth join hands with Rajneesh to score an easy win over Anurag Rajesh & Parth Walawalkar (Both students of Navi Mumbai based school) 3/1 in the Boys under-14 Boys double final

 The second edition of the ‘Navi Mumbai & Raigad District Table Tennis Championship Tournament’   witnessed participation from 285 players this time around. The tournament witnessed many closely contested matches which went the distance and barely few points separated the winner’s from runner’s-up. Regular practise and fitness are the key take away from the tournament which also is an indicator of quality of competition” shared Sanjay S. Kadu, President of RDTTA

Results (Finals):

Singles Event 

Beginner Girls: Tapashya Prashant Mokal (DAV Public School, New Panvel) beat  Swasti Bhoir (DAV Public School,  New Panvel) 3 / 2.

Beginner Boys: Abhayraj  Hiwale (*) beat  Kartik Pechetti (*) 3 / 2.

Under-10 Girls: Anisha Patra (DAV Public School, Kharghar) beat  Vethassree Raju (DAV Public School, New Panvel) 3 / 2.

Under-10 Boys:  Parth Dhabe (DAV Public School, New Panvel) beat    Swastik Surjit Kundu  (DAV Public School, New Panvel) 3/2.

Under-12 Girls: Alina Mulla (Apeejay School, Nerul) beat Janhvi Baguali (New Horizon School, New Panvel) 3/2.

Under-12 Boys: Tushar Khandekar (Bal Bharati Public School, Kharghar) beat       Siddharth Gubbala (D.Y. Patil International School, Nerul) 3/2.

Under-14 Girls: Alina Mulla (Apeejay School, Nerul) beat Aditi Jadhav (DAV Public School, New Panvel) 3/1.

Under-14 Boys: Siddharth Gubbala (D.Y. Patil International School, Nerul) beat Rajneesh Chiplunkar (Apeejay School, Kharghar) 3/2.

Under-17 Girls: Sanskruti Sharma (DDAV Public School, New Panvel) beat Ankita  Kamlesh Singh (KVIIT, Powai) 4/2.

Under -17 Boys: Sneheel Sarangi (Apeejay School, Kharghar) beat Soham Sawant (D.P.S., Nerul) 4/2.

Youth Girls: Ankita Kamlesh Singh (KVIIT, Powai) beat  Alina Mulla (Apeejay School,  Nerul) 4/3.

Youth Boys: Rushabh D.  Salaskar (Navi Mumbai) beat Sarvesh Vilas Angre (Pillai College, Rasayani) 4/3.

Women’s:  Ankita Kamlesh Singh (KVIIT, Powai) beat Alina Mulla (Apeejay School , Nerul) 4/3.

Mens:  Rushabh D.  Salaskar (Navi Mumbai) beat Vijaysingh Rawat (Taloja Colony) 4/1.

Veterans: Navin Natu (Navi Mumbai) beat Ramkrishna Gubbala (Kharghar) 3/2.

Doubles Event 

Under-12 Girls:  Aditi Jadhav (D.A.V. New Panvel) / Janhvi Baguali (New Horizon School, New Panvel) beat  Alina Mulla (Apeejay School, Nerul) /  Annisha Patra  DAV Public School,

Kharghar) 3/ 2.

Under-12 Boy’s: Siddharth  Gubbala (D.Y. Patil International School, Nerul) / Tushar Khandekar  (Bal Bharati Public School, Kharghar) beat  Anurag Rajesh / Pruthvi Raghav (Both from Kharghar)  3/2

Under-14 Girls: Reet Sharma (St. Joseph High School, New Panvel) /Aditi Jadhav (DAV Public School, New Panvel) beat  Janhavi Shrivardhankar (St. Joseph High School. New Panvel) / Alina Mulla (Apeejay School, Nerul) 3/1.

Under-14 Boys: Siddharth Gubbala (D.Y. Patil International School, Nerul) / Rajneesh Chiplunkar (Apeejay School, Kharghar) beat  Anurag Rajesh & Parth Walawalkar (*Both students of Navi Mumbai based School) 3/1

Men’s Doubles : Navin Natu / Rushabh D. Salaskar (Both from Navi Mumbai) beat   Sneheel Sarangi / Vijaysingh Rawat (Both from Navi Mumbai) 3/1.


Ashok DhamijaMay 9, 2018
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The Annual rankings of the Maharashtra State Lawn Tennis Association for the year 2017 which was announced by the MSLTA Ranking committee recently, saw five city players being named as part of the elite group of players in their respective age groups. These include Omi Mehta and Anandi Bhutada ranked 2 and 4 in the Girls Under 10 category. Joining them are former Boys Under 10 topper, Joshua Eapen who is currently ranked 4th in the Boys Under 12 category, Tejasvi Mehra ranked 3rd in the Boys Under 16 category  and Gunjan Jadhav who trains at Pune and won the Rs.1 Lakh AITA Men’s doubles title at Patna with Atharva Sharma recently, is ranked 6th in the Boys Under 18  category.

National Sub junior Champion Rutuja Chaphalkar along with India No 5 Men player Arjun Kadhe, India No 4 Women player Rutuja Bhosale, India No 1 Junior Siddhant Banthia, emerged as No 1 ranked Maharashtra Tennis players in their age groups for the year 2017. Mihika Yadav, Aryaan Bhatia, Prerna Vichare, Arjun  Gohad , Manas  Dhamne, Neel Joglekar, Madhurima Sawant  and Asmi Adkar were the other players to emerge No 1.

Pune region however took the honors by finishing with Nine No 1 players in Maharashtra in 2017 which include Arjun Kadhe (Mens Singles), Rutuja Bhosale (Womens Singles), Siddhant Banthia (Boys Under 18), Rutuja Chaphalkar (Girls Under 14), Arjun Gohad (Boys Under 14) Madhurima Sawant (Girls Under 12), Manas Dhamne (Boys Under 12), Neel Joglekar (Boys Under 10) and Asmi Adkar (Girls Under 10). MihikaYadav (Girls Under 18), Aryaan Bhatia (Boys Under 16) and Prerna  Vichare (Girls Under 16) were the three  No 1 players from Mumbai region.

Hon Secretary of MSLTA Sunder Iyer on the occasion said “The large numbers of events coupled with quality national and international level events have helped our state players to also improve ranking on the national level.  The Top 3 players in each group will be felicitated by the MSLTA latter this month in Mumbai  at the hands of Dr Jurgen  Morhard Consul General of Germany and Mrs Petra Morhard”.

As may be recalled In 2017 MSLTA conducted over 150 tournaments highest by far than any other state on the AITA Calendar  which consisted of  10 International events, 93 AITA ranked events  (which included the Under 12,14,16,3 Nationals, 5 National Series  tournaments, 4 Super Series, 46  Championship Series, 19  Talent Series)  7 Mens and Womens National ranking events , 32 Under 10 State Ranking events along with 4 Veteran events and The All Maharashtra Inter club Championships , Junior tennis league , Road to MSLTA events at the district level. Off these Mumbai region hosted 52 events including 1 international event  , Pune Region  hosted 19 events which included 6 International events the highest in the country , Kolhapur region hosted 23 events, Navi Mumbai hosted 6 events including 1 international event (at NMSA, Vashi), Nagpur region hosted 8 events, Aurangabad region 11 events , Solapur  region 3 events including 1 international event  and Nashik region 8 events.

Top 8 ranked players according the year end ranking list.

Boys under 10: 1. Neel Joglekar (Pune), 2. Arnav Paparkar (Pune), 3. Samarth Sahita (Mumbai), 4. Vedant Bhasin (Mumbai), 5. Eashan Meru (Solapur), 6. Raghav Amin (Pune), 7. Sahil Kothari (Mumbai), 8. Jeevan Nadar (Thane).

Girls under 10: 1. Asmi Adkar (Pune), 2. Omi Mehta (Navi Mumbai), 3. Aakanksha Agnihotri (Pune), 4. Anandi Bhutada (Navi Mumbai), 5. Urvee Kate (Mumbai), 6. Nainika Reddy (Solapur), 7. Siya Prasade (Pune), 8. Aishwarya Jadhav (Kolhapur).

 Boys under 12: 1. Manas Dhamne (Pune), 2. Prajwal Tewari(Mumbai), 3. Cahir Warik(Mumbai), 4. Joshua Eapen (Navi Mumbai), 5. Jaishnav Shinde (Nashik), 6. Arnav Oruganty (Pune), 7. Hrishikesh Iyer (Mumbai), 8. Anshul Satav (Pune).

 Girls under 12: 1. Madhurima Sawant (Pune), 2. Pari Singh (Pune), 3. Anya Jacob (Pune), 4. Khushi Sharma (Pune), 5. Sonal Patil (Kolhapur), 6. Shravani Khawale (Pune), 7. Saina Deshpande (Pune), 8. Sameeksha Shroff (Pune);

 Boys under 14: 1. Arjun Gohad (Pune), 2. Girish Chougule (Pune), 3. Faiz Nasyam (Mumbai), 4. Yashraj Dalvi (Pune), 5. Sanmay  Gandhi (Pune), 6. Mohammed Khan (Mumbai), 7. Leston Vaz (Mumbai), 8. Vardhan Karkal (Pune).

 Girls under 14:  1. Rutuja  Chaphalkar (Pune), 2. Sudipta Kumar (Mumbai), 3.Malikaa Marathe (Pune),4. Gargi Pawar (Pune), 5. Hrudaya Shah (Pune), 6. Bhumika Tripathi (Mumbai), 7. Ria Washimkar (Pune),  8. Vaishnavi Adkar (Pune).

 Boys under 16: 1.Aryaan Bhatia (Mumbai), 2. Aditya Balsekar (Mumbai), 3. Tejasvi Mehra (Navi Mumbai), 4. Sarvesh Birmane (Pune), 5. Girish Chougule (Pune), 6. Arka Ganguly (Pune), 7. Pratham Bhujbal (Pune), 8. Siddharth Jadli (Pune).

 Girls under 16: 1. Prerna Vichare (Mumbai), 2. Salsa Aher (Pune), 3. Richa Chougule (Pune), 4. Sanya Singh (Pune), 5. Bela Tamhankar (Pune), 6. Gauri Bhagia (Mumbai), 7. Gargi Pawar (Pune), 8. Malikaa Marathe (Pune).

 Boys under 18: 1. Siddhant  Banthia (Pune), 2. Dhruv Sunish (Pune), 3. Atharva Sharma (Pune), 4. Karan Srivastava, 5. Kaivalya Kalamse (Nanded), 6. Gunjan Jadhav (Navi Mumbai), 7. Piyush Salekar (Pune), 8. Abhishek Shukla (Nashik).

 Girls under 18: 1. Mihika Yadav (Mumbai), 2. Salsa Aher (Pune), 3. Prerna Vichare (Mumbai), 4. Shivani Ingle (Pune), 5. Malikaa Marathe (Pune), 6. Bela Tamhankar (Pune), 7. Gauri Bhagia (Mumbai), 8. Aaliya Ebrahim (Mumbai).

 Mens: 1. Arjun Kadhe (Pune) , 2. Aryan Goveas (Mumbai), 3.Jayesh  Pungliya (Pune).

 Womens: 1. Rutuja Bhosale (Pune), 2. Kanika Vaidya (Mumbai), 3. Snehal Mane (Pune).



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