Sports Reporter :
TALENTED paddler Ikshika Umate did the city proud by winning a bronze medal in the South Zonal National TT Championship that concluded at Pondicherry on Sunday. Ikshika’s medal came in the Under-13 girls singles event. In a hard-fought semi-final, the city lass went down to Tamil Nadu’s M Hansisni in seven games.
The scoresheet read 12-10, 12-10, 9-11, 11-2, 11-13, 9-11, 11-7. Earlier in quarters, Ikshika blanked Bengal’s Avisha Karmakar 3-0 (11-8, 11-5, 11-6). A student of Class 7 of Poddar World School, Koradi Road, Ikshika practices regularly at University Gymnasium Hall under the watchful eyes of Mangesh Mopkar, who was also Chief Referee of the event. President and Secretary of Nagpur District Table Tennis Association Deepak Dhote and Adv Ashutosh Potnis congratulated Ikshika for her medal.