Godhra: Third seed Dharmraj Rana of Surat breathe a sigh of relief when fifth seed Jagdeesh Makwana's return flung out of the arena for his 61st point of the match. It was natural as the point earned him first State Ranking Men's title in five years, to end the title drought.

Ahmedabad's Kausha Bhairapure walked away with the Youth Girls title while Nutanshu Dayama of Surat was crowned Youth Boys' champion.

Day Three of the Second Gujarat State Ranking Table Tennis Tournament 2018 at Sports Complex Godhra started on a big note - Men's final.

It was between practice partners Rana and Makwana. Knowing each other's game both started cautiously before Rana changed gears. Rana with his aggressive serves and forehand troubled Makwana throughout the final. The winner also admitted he has been able to move freely around the table and that made his job a little easier.

"I don't remember how many state ranking men's title I have won in past. I have lost the count. It is almost after five or maybe six years I have managed this (title). This will certainly boost my confidence and push me to perform better," said Rana, 33, after defeating Makwana 11-7 6-11 9-11 11-4 11-8 13-11.

Both the finalists wanted to score maximum points in absence of defending champion Jalay Mehta, Surat-leg winner Manush Shah and Ishaan Hingorani, away for respective National level camps.

Meanwhile, top seed Kausha overcame seventh seed Prarthana Parmar 13-11 6-11 11-7 11-5 8-11 11-7 in the Youth Girls' final. Talking about the final, Kausha said, "It was a little easy than expected. Prarthana being more of a defensive player, I had to go for the attack. And it proved to my advantage," said Kausha. This was second consecutive Youth Girls' title for Kausha. She had won in Surat also.

Sixth seed Nutanshu Dayama continued to impress everyone as he defeated top seed Harshil Kothari of Bhavnagar in the Youth Boys' final 12-10 13-11 11-3 11-5. This is Nutanshu's first season as Gujarat player, having arrived from Nashik earlier this year.

"It was our first meeting. I just played my natural game, relying on long serves. It paid me dividends,'" said Nutanshu, after winning his maiden title in Gujarat.

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