Mumbai : Junior Reagan Albuqerque put up a stunning show as he scalped seasoned top seed Eric Fernandes (in semis – 11-7, 11-13, 11-9, 13-11,11-8) and second seeded Nishant Kulkarni (in final – 11-7, 11-3, 11-8, 11-9) on way to the men’s singles title in the JVPGC-All-Mumbai 4-star ranking table tennis tournament, hosted by Juhu Vile Parle Gymkhana.
However, there was no stopping for Dena Bank’s ex-international Mamta Prabhu, who went on to settle the pretensions of Senhora D’Souza 4-2 (11-8, 11-9, 13-11, 7-11, 12-14, 12-10) to lift the women’s singles crown. Junior Reagan, who packed off his coach and men’s top seed Eric Fernandes earlier in the semifinals, gave his opponent and second seed Nishant Kulkarni (who is more than twice his age at 38) a taste of sheer speed and power to beat him 11-7, 11-3, 11-8, 11-9 for his maiden triumph in the seniors category.
Sharing the day’s honours with Mamta and Reagan was Tanmay Rane, who bagged a double crown – winning both the youth and junior boys singles titles. Interestingly, in both his victories the victim was another junior Hrishikesh Malhotra. After Tanmay won the junior boys final (9-11, 21-19, 8-11, 11-6, 11-6, 16-14).in a thriller, Hrishikesh seemed to have lost the will to fight in the youth boys finals as Tanmay romped home in straight games (11-4, 11-3, 12-10, 12-10).