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July 23, 2008 > Ohlone hosts Newgy U.S. Open warm-ups

Ohlone hosts Newgy U.S. Open warm-ups

Submitted By Shashin Shodhan

The Newgy US Open Warm-Up took place on June 28-29 at the Ohlone College Gym along with the Elementary School Championships for Fremont schools to kick things off on Friday, June 27. The Elementary School Championships featured 5 teams: Ardenwood Challenger, Gomes Elementary, Warm Springs Elementary, Ardenwood Elementary Boys, and Ardenwood Elementary Girls. It came down to a 3-team race between Ardenwood Challenger, Ardenwood Boys, and Gomes. Gomes defeated Ardenwood Boys 3-1 and Ardenwood Challenger defeated Gomes 3-1. Ardenwood Boys had to defeat Ardenwood Challenger 3-1 to have a chance at finishing first or second. One of the two 8-year old phenoms from Ardenwood Boys, Anil Tolwani or Akhil Ravoori, had to defeat Ardenwood Challenger's top player, Vidya Pingali. However, Pingali defeated both of them and even though Ardenwood Boys defeated Ardenwood Challenger 3-2, Challenger finished in first place with Gomes in second. The Ardenwood Boys went home disappointed with a third place finish and no trophy for their efforts.

On Saturday, June 28 and Sunday, June 29, the Newgy US Open Warm-Up took place with the Indian Junior National Team participating because of the US Open the following week in Las Vegas. Sathiyan Ganasekaran won the Open Singles over 3-time Indian World Team Member Pathik Mehta in the finals. The Indian Junior National Team won over 75% of the $2,000+ prize money. Ganasekaran would go on to win the US Open Junior Boys title the following week as well as reaching the Round of 16 in Men's Singles defeated two top European players in the process. There were numerous rating events over the next 2 days and the rating refers to skill level on a scale from 0 to 3,000 where the higher the number means the better one is. Anant Hari of Gomes Elementary, who finished second in the Elementary School Championships, won two more trophies this tournament with a victory in the Under 200 rating event and a second-place finish in the Under 400 rating event. He took home 3 trophies in 3 days. Not bad for one weekend! Srividhya Shanker, Elementary School Champion representing Ardenwood Challenger, won her second first-place trophy with a victory in the Under 100 rating event over Ashmee Bhatt of Gomes. This was Ashmee's second second-place trophy of the tournament after the Elementary School Championships second-place finish.

Among Fremont players who did not participate in the Elementary School Championships, Pranav Mohan, who will start Thornton Junior High School this fall, won the Under 12 Boys over Kunal Chodri of Weibel Elementary. Pranav also finished second in the Under 1000 event. In Family Doubles, Kunal teamed up with his Dad Vickrum Chodri to emerge as the winners over the father and son combination of Nash Darukhanawalla and Malcolm Darukhanawalla who just moved to Fremont this summer. Krishnateja Avvari of Ardenwood Challenger, who finished second in the Under 10 Boys, won the Under 1400 event over Tushar Suthar, a member of the Fremont Table Tennis Club Adults Program. Krishnateja would go on to win the US Open in the 9 Years and Under event the following week. Harish Shanker, who just finished Ardenwood Challenger and will be starting St. Francis this fall, finished second in the Under 800 event.

For information about the Fremont Table Tennis Club, contact Head Coach Shashin Shodhan at or at 510-794-1284.

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