GUWAHATI, June 9 � Soneswar Deka of Guwahati and Sanjana Sarma of Sivasagar became proud winners of men�s and women�s titles respectively in the SM All Assam Ranking Table Tennis Championship.
On the other hand, Ajupi Phukan of Duliajan and Bastab Bikash Borbaruah of Golaghat bagged double crown in the meet. While Ajupi won the sub-junior girls singles and doubled titles, Bastab got the title in sub-junior boys singles and doubles.
On the final day of the three-day meet, organised by the Don Bosco Alumini at the Don Bosco School, Guwahati today, veteran Soneswar got the better of Kaushik Kumar Phukan of Dibrugarh 13-15, 11-9, 7-11, 11-4, 13-15, 11-7, 11-2. It was a gruelling fight between Soneswar and his young opponent as the seven-set match extended to the last one. The final also witnessed some excellent rallies and cross-court shots which enthralled the crowd. The women final was also a keenly contested one as experienced Sanjana managed to beat Mallika Gogoi of Duliajan 12-14, 11-7, 13-11, 6-11, 15-13, 10-12, 11-8. Mallika, who entered the women�s final for the first time put up a tremendous fight with powerful shots and beautiful returns. But Sanjana utilised her experience and kept her cool in overcoming Mallika challenge in the final set. Earlier, Alleko Sujalo Hazarika won his second consecutive State crown in the cadet boys group defeating Neelam Bharadwaj 11-7, 12-10, 11-8. MLA Capt Robin Bordoloi was the chief guest in the closing function.
Other final results: (Cadet girls) Biswarupa Bania (Nagaon) bt Mouchaki Deka (Golaghat) 9-11, 11-9, 11-3, 13-11. (Sub Jr boys) Bastab Bikash Borbaruah (Golaghat) bt Hrikesh Bora (Nagaon) 8-11, 11-6, 11-4, 1-11, 11-9. (Sub jr girls) Ajupi Phukan (Duliajan) bt Biswarupa Bania (Nagaon) 11-4, 11-9, 9-11, 12-10. (Jr boys) Salim Zaved bt Subhajit Bhattacharyya (both Guwahati) 13-15, 11-6, 11-7, 11-5, 7-11, 11-9. (Jr girls) Mahasweta Batsallya bt Kritika Upadhaya (both Guwahati) 11-2, 11-7, 11-4, 9-11, 11-7. (Youth girls) Murchana Gohain (Sivasagar) bt Kritika Upadhaya (Guwahati) 10-12, 11-7, 11-4, 11-6, 11-8. (Youth boys) Ninku Rajkhowa (Duliajan) bt Elsayeed Mustafa Hussain (Guwahati) 11-7, 11-6, 4-11, 11-7, 11-9. (veterans men) Hiru Singh bt Arup Handique (both Mangaldai) 7-11, 9-11, 11-9, 11-9, 11-8. (Veteran woman) Ghritachi Das bt Gayetri Duarah (both NF Rly) 11-6, 11-8, 11-8. (Sub jr girls doubles) Ajupi Phukan-Jitakhee Mazumdar bt Biswarupa Bania-Abhisikta Mahanta 11-8, 11-6, 11-9. (Sub jr boys doubles) Sankab Gautam Baruah-Bastab Bikash Borbaruah bt Hrishikesh Bora-Prabal Saikia 11-7, 11-6, 11-5. Pallavi Thakuria (Guwahati) and Udipta Kakati (Sivasagar) were adjudged most promising players in girls and boys section respectively. Amitabh Sarma Kaushik of Sivasagar received the best player of the tournament award.