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Petroleum begins as favourite

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NEW DELHI: National champion Petroleum will be looking for revenge against the ladies from Railways when the 37th all-India inter-institutional table tennis championship opens here on Friday.

Petroleum had suffered a shock 3-1 loss to Railways in Bangalore last September. The side will be eager to regain the title only after settling a score against Railways here.

In comparison, the Petroleum men’s team is set to sail through without much trouble.

Though Petroleum begins as the favourite for the team titles and the individual events that takes place on August 27 and 28, the ladies section is capable of providing a few surprises.

Petroleum, with National champion Mouma, Poulomi, K. Shamini, Mousumi Paul and an aging Mantu Ghosh, will face its first serious test against BSB in the Group ‘B’ league. Besides Mamta, former singles’ champion N. Arul Selvi along with younger players like Swetha Kumaravel and M. Aparna give BSB a formidable look.

The seedings: Men: 1. A. Sharath Kamal (Pet), 2. Subhajit Saha (Pet), 3. Pathik Mehta (AI), 4. Anirban Nandi (Rlys), 5. A. Amal Raj (Rlys), 6. Sanil Shetty (AI), 7. G. Jitendra (BSB), 8. Shibaji Dutta (BSB).

Women: 1. Poulomi Ghatak (Pet), 2. Mouma Das (Pet), 3. K. Shamini (Pet), 4. Mantu Ghosh (Pet), J. Swarna (TN), 6. Mamta Prabhu (BSB), 7. Soumi Mondal (Rlys), 8. Mousumi Paul (Rlys).

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