National Games, Tennis: Gujarat women begin title defence with win over TelanganaSeptember 30, 2022
Gujarat began their defence of the National Games women’s team tennis title with a commanding win over Telangana while West Bengal’s women’s Lawn Balls team registered a stunning 12-11 victory over Assam to maintain their winning momentum in the 36th National Games on Thursday.
Meanwhile, tennis action began at the picturesque Sabarmati Riverfront Sports Complex on Thursday. Gujarat women dropped just four games in securing a 2-0 verdict against Telangana. They will now meet Karnataka for a place in the final. Karnataka ran out 2-0 winners against Uttar Pradesh.
In the other semifinal, Maharashtra will lock horns with Tamil Nadu, who wriggled out of a tight spot against Haryana. Maharashtra had defeated Delhi 2-0.
Women’s Team (Quarterfinals): Gujarat beat Telangana 2-0; Karnataka beat Uttar Pradesh 2-0; Tamil Nadu beat Haryana 2-1; Maharashtra beat Delhi 2-0.
Men’s Team (Quarterfinals): Maharashtra beat Haryana 2-0.
At the Kensville Golf and Country Club where Lawn Balls action is taking place, the West Bengal team held their nerves to quell Assam’s fightback to register their second win in the Group and virtually assure themselves of a semifinal berth.
The Assam Fours team, led by Birmingham Commonwealth Games participant Tania Choudhary, and comprising Bangita Hazarika, Adinita Kakoty and Ananya Saikia, were trailing 1-5 after the first two ends, but clawed back to level 7-7.
Bengal, which fielded Renu Mohfa, Manisha Srivastava, Reema Pawa and Anchor Malhotra, held their nerves to regain a slender 11-10 lead in the penultimate 11th end and kept their noses ahead at the finish.