What a tournament it was for the Indian Table tennis players as India bagged both “Men’s Singles” & “Men’s Doubles” Ttile here at ITTF Challenge Chile Open.
It was the first time that India had won a Men’s Doubles title on either the ITTF Challenge Series or ITTF World Tour.
Men’s Singles Final was all Indian affair as Soumyajit Ghosh was up against Amalraj Anthony in the final of the Chile Open. With India already assured of “Men’s Singles” title, Arjun awardee top seed Soumyajit Ghosh got the better of his fellow Indian Anthony in 6 sets by (8-11, 13-11, 11-6, 11-9, 4-11, 11-7).
Amalraj Anthony made the better start to the contest, he won the opening game but then after losing a close second, the momentum shifted to no.1 seed Soumyajit who lifts the title .
Success for Soumyajit Ghosh means that he becomes the third player from India to win a Men’s Singles title at an ITTF Challenge Series or ITTF World Tour tournament; Amalraj Anthony becomes the fourth to reach such a final.
Sharath Kamal Achanta was the runner up in 2007 on home soil in New Delhi, losing to Singapore’s Gao Ning in the final; three years later he won in Egypt overcoming Hong Kong’s Li Ching in the title deciding match.
“I had to start the sixth game aggressively, I kept thinking I could my first big international title; it was hard to win playing against Amalraj. It took some time to adapt to the ball, it’s harder than the one we used before; it’s good quality, it enables more power but less spin.” Soumyajit Ghosh said after the Final.
Soumyajit Ghosh & Amalraj Anthony clinches “Men’s Doubles” Title
Amalraj Anthony and Soumyajit Ghosh won the Men’s Doubles title at the Seamaster 2017 ITTF Challenge Chile Open in Santiago on the afternoon after outplaying the partnership comprising Bulgaria’s Philipp Floritz and Romania’s Hunor Szocs in four games (13-11, 10-12, 14-12, 11-9).
As the scores suggest, all 4 games were quite intense & vital for both the pairs but it was the third set which proved more vital as India duo got the lead of 2-1.
In the fourth game the India pair won the first three points, Philip Floritz signalled “Time Out”. The Europeans levelled at 7-all; the next four points were shared. At 10-9 it was match point to Amalraj Anthony and Soumyajit Ghosh & they didn’t missed the opportunity & took the set by 11-9.
“This is big for us, it’s the first time we have won such a title; it’s the first time for India.” Soumyajit Ghosh
“For me the first time in a final, the first gold; I’ve played for over ten years internationally; always it’s China, Japan and Germany winning, now India wins. It’s good for India good for the future of table tennis in India.” Amalraj Anthony.
ITTF Challenge Chile Open proved to be a lucky tournament for India & hopefully it will be good for the future of Table Tennis in India.