Wu Yang and Liam Pitchford won both their matches to help Falcons TTC beat DHFL Maharashtra United 14-5 in the first semi-final of the inaugural CEAT Ultimate Table Tennis (UTT) at the NSCI in Mumbai on Friday. According to the rules, the team to reach the 14-point mark first was to win the knockout tie.Earlier in the league stage, Falcons had defeated the DHFL Maharashtra United 17-10. In the first match of the tie, Hong Kong world No. 8 Wong Chun Ting put DHFL Maharashtra United ahead with a 2-1 win over ‘foreigner slayer’ Sanil Shetty, ranked 201 in the world, in the men’s singles (Foreign v Indian).Highlights: Wong Chun Ting overcame a resilient @ShettySanil 2-1 in the first Match of the semi-final Tie!#UpTheGame #MUvFAL pic.twitter.com/27mXs7hh8l- Ultimate TableTennis (@UltTableTennis) July 28, 2017The world No. 8 finally played his ranking against Shetty as he struck decisive winners to down the pumped-up Mumbai boy.However, the local hero did take one game off Wong to give his team a very important point early in the tie. That flew like a ?????????#UpTheGame #MUvFAL https://t.co/1KAw1nIitQ pic.twitter.com/n2jI75vYdz- Ultimate TableTennis (@UltTableTennis) July 28, 2017The loss of the first match was made up for by Chinese world No. 13 Wu Yang as she brushed aside 279-ranked Pooja Sahasrabudhe Koparkar 3-0 in the women’s singles (Foreign v Indian) for Falcons TTC to move 4-2 ahead on points. Up next, DHFL Maharashtra United introduced a new pair of Harmeet Desai and Portuguese Fu Yu for the mixed doubles (Foreign/Indian pair) and duo edged out Sanil Shetty and his partner Lee Ho Ching 2-1 on their debut together to reduce their margin of deficit to 4-5. advertisementBritain’s Liam Pitchford, in the fourth match of the tie, pulled off an upset win over Wong Chun Ting 2-1 in the men’s singles (Foreign player category) to extend Falcons TTC’s lead to 7-5.Highlights: @liampitchford came out on top against Wong Chun Ting, beating him 2-1 in Match 4!#UpTheGame #MUvFAL pic.twitter.com/EhrbqEMxDS- Ultimate TableTennis (@UltTableTennis) July 28, 2017Pitchford won a crucial tie for his team and it was from here that the fortunes truly turned worse for the DHFL Maharashtra United.The English banked on his veiled shots and huge reach to trump Wong. Chinese ace Wu Yang won her second outing of the day as she put it past China-born Austrian world No. 22 Liu Jia 3-0 in the women’s singles (Foreign player category) to take Falcons TTC a step closer to victory at 10-5.Lui Jia had defeated the Chinese in the last tie between the two teams but the Wu Yang did her homework work and didn’t let give the world No. 22 any chance this time around. Liam Pitchford then won his second match of the day, beating Harmeet Desai 3-0 in the men’s singles (Foreign v Indian) to move Falcons TTC to 13-5, one point way from victory. In a surprise post that, Sutirtha Mukherjee won the very first game of her women’s singles match against Liu Jia 11-10 to seal the tie for Falcons TTC.Highlights: @falconsttc needed 1? point & Sutirtha needed only 1? Game in Match 7 to seal qualification to the final!#UpTheGame #MUvFAL pic.twitter.com/iX0PF7yNnJ- Ultimate TableTennis (@UltTableTennis) July 28, 2017Shaze Challengers will meet Dabang Smashers TTC in the second semi-final on Saturday, with the final to be played on Sunday.Falcons TTC beat DHFL Maharashtra United 14-5. Results:MS – Sanil Shetty lost to Wong Chun Ting 1-2 (8-11, 11-5, 3-11)WS – Wu Yang beat Pooja Sahasrabudhe Koparkar 3-0 (11-2, 11-4, 11-2)MD – Sanil Shetty/Lee Ho Ching lost to Harmeet Desai/Fu Yu 1-2 (6-11, 11-5, 5-11), MS – Liam Pitchford beat Wong Chun Ting 2-1 (11-8, 9-11, 11-4)WS – Wu Yang beat bt Liu Jia 3-0 (11-5, 11-5, 11-6)MS – Liam Pitchford beat Harmeet Desai 3-0 (11-6, 11-10, 11-7)WS – Sutirtha Mukherjee beat Liu Jia 1-0 (11-10)
It has become rather difficult these days to capture anything: a thought, an idea, a memory. We fire off tweets as if we’re emptying shells at a skeet shooting range and if I had a dollar for every blog post I’ve written in the last year, I might be able to do this as a full time job (okay, maybe a hundred dollars).That’s why I’m so proud of the guys over at the O’Colly for putting together this gorgeous book that draws in every play from the 2011 OSU football season as well as all the quotes and an innumerable consternation of thoughts into an organized, relevant, consumable 168-page anthology.The guys (and gals) of the O’Colly compiled all their work from last fall (all the columns, articles, predictions and reviews) and culled it together with some terrific photography to bring you this $20 souvenir (that’s like two foam fingers!)[I guess this is the point at which I should mention that my name is also included in here along with a couple of columns but I promise that’s not why I’m telling you to purchase. If you want those columns that badly, you can just email me for them.]When I look back at this period of time in a few decades, I’m going to remember this season and I’m going to want to mark it by the people and games who made it what it was. This book does a fantastic job of that. But I’ll let the creators of it tell you themselves… Anthony Slater (sports editor): The entire production is what I enjoyed the most. Me, along with our designer Gerrardo Diaz (who did an incredible job), had to go week-by-week, game-by-game through the entire season. It allowed me to fully grasp how special this year really was, and allowed me to bring it to the readers. Twenty years from now, I’m going to enjoy flipping through the pages, looking at the great pictures, rereading some incredible stories and reminiscing about these players and this team. And I think any OSU fan who buys the book will do the same.KT King (sports photographer): One thing that as struck me the most about the book was the perspective it gives just by flipping through its’ pages. You see the highs of the final victory in College Station and the Fiesta Bowl win, placed right by games you might have completely forgot about, like the Tulsa game. Flipping through the pages and remembering the things you felt going into every game has been what will keep it on my shelf forever.Brendon Morris (sportswriter): It’s awesome to see a review of the season all wrapped up in one book with no detail spared, and even better when you think about how it was constructed. It was put together by hard working editors, some of the best photographers around and writers who made press conferences and open practices fit into their class schedules. We are just as excited about it as the next person, because not only did we enjoy the season and the book-making process, but we also know how much sweat and hard work was put into it. We’re proud to present something that we hope will bring joy to every Oklahoma State fan that gets the chance to flip through the pages.James Poling (sports writer): My favorite part of the book is the photos. A picture says a thousand words, and this book does that for the 2011 Oklahoma State season. It is something people will pick up when they see it on countertops.YOU CAN PURCHASE THE BOOK HERE FOR $20If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!