Pune paddlers blanks Nashik at state TT championshipNovember 6, 2019, Pune
Pune hammered Nashik 3-0 in the youth boys event in the team championship during the 50th inter-district championship and 81st Maharashtra state table tennis championship at Shiv Chhatrapati sports complex in Balewadi, Pune.
The pre-quarter-final matches began with Rajat Kadam beating Swaraj Kulkarni 11-4, 11-9, 11-5. In the second match, Nashik’s Sudhanshu Wani extended the game to the fourth game, but he had to contend with 8-11, 7-11, 12-10, 4-11 loss against Aryan Panse. “Lack of experience caused our players to fall short against the Pune team,” said Punit Desai, coach of Nashik team. The visitors missed the presence of Soumeet Deshpande, who is one of the main campaigners from Nashik.
Getting bye in the first round, Pune was playing the first match of the day. The experience of playing more number of matches worked in favour of the home team. Opponents – Kulkarni, Wani and Shindekar — lacked variety of shots and their monotonous game made things easier for the local side. For Pune, playing an attacking game with regular smashes helped the side secure an easy win.