George takes on Shounak in ISC Open final

MUSCAT: The men’s singles final at Villerroy & Boch + Hansgrohe Open table tennis tournament organised by the Indian Social Club Oman promises to be an interesting clash between experience versus raw talent.
The grand final of the tournament is tonight when the men’s singles and the men’s doubles finals will be played starting at 7.30 pm. In the men’s singles final, George Lopez, the experienced Spaniard will take on talented fifteen-year-old Shounak Kelkar of the ISC. George Lopez earned his place in the summit clash when he came through a pulsating semi- final match which went to the wire before edging past Egyptian Ahmed Abdul Azeem in seven thrilling games 11-5, 7-11, 5-11, 9-11, 13-11, 11-7.
His challenger for the men’s singles crown is talented schoolboy Shounak Kelkar fought against all odds and noisy supporters of his opponent to register a morale boosting 11-5, 11-8, 11-9, 8-11, 5-11, 11-7 victory over Ahmed Mahmood. Ahmed fought bravely despite of being three games in deficit and won two games inn a row. Shounak held his nerves and played with positive intent to win the sixth game for a place in the final.
The men’s doubles final will also be played this evening when the all-Egyptian team of Mahmood Sami and Ahmed Abdul Azeem will take on the winners of the second semifinal between Samer Ahmed and Hossam Yaseen versus Aditya Sairam and Arjun Sriram.