Godhra: Different opponent but same result. Frenaz Chipia continued her title-winning spree as she won yet another all-Surti Women's final in the State Ranking competition. Top seed Frenaz edge past second seed Sanskruti Malpani 4-1 in the Women's final of the Second Gujarat State Ranking Table Tennis Tournament at Sports Complex Godhra.

With her high-toss backhand serve, Frenaz dominated the final. She also produced outstanding down-the-line winners. Sanskruti did come up with some extraordinary shots but it was Frenaz, who varied the pace of the game as per her wish in 11-7 11-13 11-6 11-7 11-9 victory.

In the first State Ranking of the season at Surat, a fortnight ago, Frenaz had beaten Filzahfatema Kadri to be crowned champion.

The much-awaited match between Frenaz and former champion and fourth seed Divya Gohil was an anticlimax. Defending champion Frenaz playing attacking game recorded quite a few backhand winners. Frenaz's wristy returns left Divya gasping for points. Divya did show glimpse of her past, but it was in patches and too less. Last three return shots of Divya went in the net and that summarised her semifinal game. Frenaz walked away with the match with an 11-5 11-3 11-7 11-8 scoreline.

"I didn't expect such an easy match. I have won quite a few times against her. But today I played her after two years. I had a few goosebumps before the match. But won very comfortably in the end," said Frenaz.

Meanwhile, the Men's section is all set to have a new winner after first two days saw quite a few upsets. Dharmaraj Rana, who won State Ranking four years ago, first-timer Harshil Kothari, Jagdeesh Makwana and unseeded Mihir Gandhi have made it to the last four.

It all started in the second round when Unseeded Mihir Gandhi of Kutch sent top seed Keval Makwana packing. The 41-year old responded well against defender Keval. Playing attacking game, Gandhi registered 13-11 11-6 12-10. On the adjoining table, Akshit Savla got the better of seasoned Jignesh Jayswal 12-10 4-11 2-11 11-8 11-8.

"This is the biggest victory of my career till date. I never thought that I will able to win Jigabhai (Jayswal). I played my natural game, did nothing special. But the win was certainly special," said Savla. Later, in quarters Savla went down to Jagdeesh Makwana in 2-4. Ahmedabad's Dhairya Parmar, the highest seed left in the fray, went down to Harshil Kothari 12-14 8-11 5-11 14-12 11-9 11-8 6-11.

Dharmraj Rana is the only top-four player left in the fray after he survived Nutanshu Dayama scare in quarterfinal with 5-11 9-11 11-5 11-9 11-3 7-11 11-7.

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