MeraNews Network, Anand: Ishaan Hingorani bagged his first title of the season while Jalay Mehta made two of two as they won the Youth Boys and Men's titles respectively at the 4th Gujarat State Ranking Table Tennis Tournament 2018 here at Yugpurush Sports Complex in Vidyanagar, Anand. Both the winners registered wins in contrasting styles.
Kutch-based Ishaan seeded third defeated fifth seed Kaushal Bhatt in a six-game thriller 10-12 11-9 11-9 11-9 7-11 11-8.
Having lost the Men's semifinal to Jalay, Ishaan was under pressure in the Youth Boys final. However, he fought hard with some excellent backhand to body-side shots making it tough for Bhavnagar-lad Kaushal. The Bhavnagari did well with some outstanding forehand winners but Ishaan, who had come with a definitive plan, varied his pace.
"This tournament I have varied my pace and it has paid me dividends. This has been a surprise weapon for my opponents," said Ishaan, who looked relieved after winning first state ranking title of 2018.
Ishaan lost the Men's semifinal to ultimate winner Jalay. The Baroda-based paddler continued his winning streak as he once again overcame Jignesh Jayswal of Bhavnagar with an 11-7 11-4 11-6 10-12 11-9 victory. Jalay had beaten Jignesh in Baroda leg too. "I was much prepared this time that is why it looks an easy victory. Jigneshbhai continues to be a tough opponent," said Jalay.
Jignesh Jayswal beat Dharmraj Rana 11-5 11-3 11-3 11-6
Jalay Mehta beat Ishaan Hingorani 11-4 10-12 11-8 10-12 11-6 11-1
Jalay Mehta beat Jignesh Jayswal 11-7 11-4 11-6 10-12 11-9
Kaushal Bhatt beat Pratham Madlani 11-6 11-4 11-4 7-11 11-7
Ishaan Hingorani beat Nutanshu Dayama 11-3 11-3 11-3 11-4
Ishaan Hingorani beat Kaushal Bhatt 10-12 11-9 11-9 11-9 7-11 11-8