GUWAHATI, Sept 26 - All top 16 seeds in men and eight in women sailed into the round of 32, winning their men and women singles matches respectively on the second day of the 11 Sports National Ranking (East Zone) Table Tennis Championships in the Deshbhakta Tarun Ram Phookan Indoor Stadium at the RG Baruah Sports Complex here today.
Top-seeded Manav Thakkar disposed off Shubham Ambre of Maharashtra 11-8, 11-5, 11-5, 11-7 to sound a warning to the rest of the title contenders, including South Zone winner Anthony Amalraj, who beat Delhi�s Aadarsh Om Chhetri 1-11, 11-4, 11-5, 11-5, 11-6.
Seventh seed Anirban Ghosh and 11th seed Jeet Chandra had the toughest matches and Anirban just escaped by the skin of his teeth to beat qualifier from West Bengal � Neeldeep Das, 15-17, 11-5, 8-11, 11-6, 11-9, 10-12, 11-7 in a marathon that lasted 45 minutes. On the other hand, Haryana�s Jeet Chandra pulled it off in the nick of time to win 11-9, 7-11, 11-5, 12-14, 11-5, 11-6 against ESIC�s Subhendu Show. Both the seeded players had received first-round byes.
All the top eight seeded players crossed the first hurdle and moved into the round of 32. But Archana Kamath, seeded No. 2, Madhurika, seeded seventh and Ayhika Mukherjee, No. 8 seed, were stretched by their opponents, giving the fancied players some torrid moments. However, the remaining seeds went through the motions, especially in the top half, against their rivals easily.
Earlier, Mamta Prabhu, Seraha Jacob, Anannya Basak, Garima Goyal, Tejal Kamble and Munmun Kundu qualified for the main draw, courtesy preliminary rounds.