Despite suffering from cramps in his left leg, Nishad Shah of Jamnabai Narsee, overcame Shaun Rebello (of St Blaze) 11-4, 11-9, 6-11, 12-10, 11-6 to retain his U-16 title in the Mumbai School Sports Association (MSSA) inter-school table tennis tournament at University Pavilion yesterday.
Nishad Shah. Pic/Atul Kamble
In a contest that swung both ways, Nishad bounced back from injury to clinch the fourth and fifth sets, having dropped the third. "I played despite the cramps because this is the last year I will be playing at the inter-school level. I wasn't too sure if I would be able to defend my singles title. I just took a chance and won," Nishad told Sunday MiD DAY. At the team event, Nishad had to settle for the runners-up crown as Jamnabai Narsee lost 2-3.
B-U-14: Anay Dave (Jamnabai Narsee) bt Vedant Shah (Podar International)
11-8, 11-9, 5-11, 11-1;
B-U-12: Aneesh Sanghai (Cathedral & John Connon) bt Kavish Nagpal (Billa Bong)
8-11, 12-10, 11-5, 11-7;
G-U-16: Ria Doshi (AVM) bt Gargi Survase (St Lawrence) 11-7, 11-4, 9-11, 5-11, 11-6, 11-7;
G-U-14: Dyuti Patki (VPM) bt Simran Haria (Shree Balaji) 8-11, 11-7, 11-9, 11-9