Mumbai: Junior Mandar Hardikar sprang a couple of surprises when he eliminated second seeded Jignesh Rahatwal and third seeded Saurya Pednekar to storm into the junior boys singles final in the   GSC-Mumbai Suburban District Table Tennis Championships.

Jignesh was his first victim as Mandar attacked vigorously to win the tie 11-5, 11-5, 11-9, 11-5 and followed it by packing off Shaurya in a thriller.

Ashlesha Trehan made good use of her backhand antipspin rubber as she jabbed and hit hard on both flanks to first knock out seasoned Mrunmayee Mhatre in the women’s singles before going down to second seeded Charvi Kawle in another action-packed tie 9-11, 11-9, 11-04, 8-11, 11-3, 11-7.

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