Asian Junior TT: Indian eves qualify for World Championships

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New Delhi, Jul 23: Indian eves today (Jul 23) qualified for the Junior World Championships to be held in Bahrain in December after finishing fifth in the Asian Junior Table Tennis Championships at the Thyagraj Stadium here on Friday.

In their 5/6 classification match, the India defeated Hong Kong 3-1 to qualify for their maiden appearance at the Worlds.

In the first game, Manika Batra defeated Ching Wan Li 8-11 11-8 11-6 11-9 and Rishya Reeth Tennison made it 2-0 in favour of the home team after winning the second singles 11-4 12-10 1-11 11-9.

However, Mallika Bhandarkar lost her match against Yee Lok Lo 1-11 8-11 8-11 to give the visitors a chance to make a comeback. But all their hopes were put to rest by Manika Batra, who won her reverse singles 10-12 11-5 11-8 11-8 against Ka Yee NG.

India's under-18 boys secured a bronze and a place in December's World Junior Championships despite losing their semifinal match to the top seed China 0-3.

The Indian boys had defeated the Chinese Taipei 3-2 in a thrilling encounter in the quarterfinals but today they looked out of sorts against the superior Chinese team.

Harmeet Singh, the architect of India's victory against Chinese Taipei, went down 7-11 7-11 6-11 to World No 2 Lin Gaoyuan in the first singles.

World No 24 Soumajit Ghosh lost a gruelling battle against world No 4 Wu Jiaji 5-11 11-9 6-11 9-11.

The third singles between India's G Sathiyan, world No 47, and world No 18 Yin Hang was an one-sided affair as the Tamil Nadu paddler lost 6-11 8-11 6-11. Sathiyan had defeated Hang in the World Junior Championships last year.

India had already been knocked out in the U-15 boys and girls competition. The cadet boys lost in the quarterfinals while the girls failed to advance to the quarterfinal stage.

PTI

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