Pune, Oct 14 (UNI) The Indian duo of Neha Aggarwal and Soumi Mondal thwarted a spirited challenge to trounce the Wales' combination and then came back to win their second match of the doubles event and advanced into the second stage of the of the Table Tennis competition of the Commonwealth Youth Games here today.
Down by a game, Neha and Soumi pulled themselves up to overpower Chloe Anna Thomas and Eleri Porter Philips 4-1 (12-14, 11-3, 11-6, 11-7) and then defeated Wan May Kueh and Gaik Pingto 11-4, 11-6, 11-6 in the round robin league match of their group.
Meanwhile, local girls Pooja Sahasrabudhe and Divya Deshpande brushed aside Prisclla and Stephanie Qwea in straight games 3-0 (11-6, 11-6, 11-8) and then also won their second doubles match of the day against the Austrlian pair 3-0 (11-6, 11-9, 11-8).
In their opening match, the fancied pair of Neha and Soumi took time to get into the grove but not before the two were given a scare by their rivals from Wales. However, the Indian paddlers battled their way into the match with some clever moves and placements.
Initially, even Neha looked a bit rusty as her returns landed outside the table and frustration looked to creep in. But in the second game, the unheralded Wales' pair could not match an improved Indian outfit and it was an almost one-sided game.
''I think their opponents played the first game well but once Neha and Soumi got into the groove, the match went as expected,'' Table Tennis Federation of India (TTFI) secretary general Dhanraj Choudhary, who was closely watching them play, said after the match.
Neha's smashes were producing good results and surely, the Olympian's advises did help her partner to come good as well.
From there on, there was no looking back for the Indians who were being cheered by a sizeable crowd and they went on to finish the match as winners by not only playing well but also outsmarting their opponents.
However, the next match wasn't that tough for the Indian duo as they easily won against the Malaysian pair.
In the opening match of the day for boys, Soumyajit Ghosh moved a step further towards his goal of winning a gold in the competition as he outclassed Edmond Noel of Vanuatu 3-0 (11-2, 11-3, 11-6) to advance to the knock out stage.
His game was well above his rival's as he dominated the proceedings throughout the match and did not lose his grip over the contest ever in the three games.
Sathiyan Gnanasekaran followed Soumyajit's footsteps and beat Cerl Jon James of Wales in an another lop-sided match which he won 3-0 (11-4, 11-8, 11-6).
The pair then combined to defeat their rivals from Wales (11-8, 11-4, 11-7) and Scotland's Craig Howieson and Craig Hardie 3-0 (11-5, 11-8, 11-8) to move to the next round.
The doubles pair of Raj Mondal and Shubham Sharma also posted wins in their two doubles matches today.
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