Goa Challengers look to build on winning start against Puneri Paltan Table Tennis in IndianOil Ultimate Table Tennis Season 4
Season 4 action is available on Sports 18 and streamed on JioCinema.
Pune, July 16, 2023: Goa Challengers are high on confidence after defeating Season 3 finalist Dabang Delhi TTC in their previous tie and will now look to build on the winning start in IndianOil Ultimate Table Tennis Season 4 when they face Puneri Paltan Table Tennis at the Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex, Mahalunge-Balewadi in Pune on Monday.
The franchise-based league, promoted by Niraj Bajaj and Vita Dani under the auspices of the Table Tennis Federation of India (TTFI), has been a game-changer for Indian table tennis since its inception in 2017.
Harmeet Desai and Alvaro Robles will be the key players for the Goa-based franchise after their dominating victories in the last tie.
"Beating a strong side like Dabang Delhi TTC certainly gives us a lot of confidence going into our upcoming tie in the league. All of the players played brilliantly and we didn't expect to win with such a big margin, so, it is definitely a confidence booster ahead of our tie against Puneri Paltan Table Tennis," commented Harmeet ahead of the tie.
He added, "We will just like to continue the way we have played in our first tie. All the players have been moulded in this environment really well and want to give their best in the league."
On the other hand, Puneri Paltan Table Tennis, who lost their last tie,
will look to register their first victory in Season 4, powered by DafaNews.
All eyes will be on Hana Matelova, who was the only paddler from Puneri Paltan Table Tennis to win a match in their last tie against Chennai Lions. "It's an honour to be a part of the franchise and I would like to continue the way I performed in the first tie of Season 4. I am looking forward to play with my teammates and we will try to go as far as possible in the tournament," she stated ahead of the match.
World No. 23 Omar Assar, along with Manush Shah and Archana Kamath will also look to produce improved performances for Puneri Paltan Table Tennis.
All the ties start at 7.30 PM with broadcast on Sports 18 and streamed on JioCinema. The tickets will be available on BookMyShow.
Coaches: Elena Timina, Parag Agrawal
Players: Suthasini Sawettabut, Harmeet Desai, Alvaro Robles, T Reeth Rishya, Krittwika Sinha Roy and Anthony Amalraj
Puneri Paltan Table Tennis
Coaches: N Ravichandran, Zoltan Batorfi
Players: Omar Assar, Manush Shah, Archana Kamath, Snehit SFR, Anusha Kutumbale and Hana Matelova