Durgapur News Desk, 25 April 2017: In the first edition of the Bengal Premier Tennis League 2017, the team from the industrial town of Durgapur became champion. The IPL-type championships, organized by the Bengal Tennis Association (BTA) in its own complex at Kolkata begun on 18 April and ended on 22 April. Not only the tennis fraternity, but the entire Durgapur residents lauded the feat.
Six Franchisee District Teams, namely Bankura Horses, Durgapur Warriors, Howrah Hurricanes, Kolkata Crusaders, Malda Slices and Midnapore Waves took part in the inaugural edition of the championship.
Gagan TMT Durgapur Warriors, who reached the final with an impressive all-win record defeated Mednapore Waves quite easily and won the inaugural championship of the Bengal Premier Tennis League.
Gagan TMT Durgapur Warriors, who entered the Play Off as the top team from the group league whitewashed Howrah Hurricanes in the First Qualifier by 27 – 10 to enter the final. Howrah Hurricanes will meet the winner of Eliminator match, i.e. Midnapore Waves in the Second Qualifier to try and enter the final. Midnapore Waves got the better of Kolkata Crusaders in the Eliminator match by a convincing 27 – 17.
In few of the interesting matches, Midnapore Wave’s Kunal Anand brushed aside Abhinansu Borthakur, representing Kolkata Crusaders by 6-3. Midnapore Wave’s Amrita Mukherjee also helped the team reach the Second Qualifier, as she won against Kolkata Crusader’s Nithya Raj Babu Raj by a close 6-4.
Gagan TMT Durgapur Warrior’s star player Vijay Kannan went cruel against Howrah Hurricane’s Tejas Chaukulkar as he won by a straight 6-2. Sai Samhitha of Gagan TMT Durgapur Warriors also matched the scoreline of Kannan as she drubbed Howrah Hurricane’s Rutuparna Choudhury by a dominating 6-2.
In the Second Qualifier, between Howrah Hurrricanes (Loser of First Qualifier) and Midnapore Waves (Winner of Eliminator), the Midnapore team managed to win so as to meet Gagan TMT Durgapur Warriors in the final.