Contender WTT: Selena, Swastika and Diya win first round of qualifying

Lasko (Slovenia), November 8, India’s Selena Selvakumar, Swastika Ghosh and Diya Parag Chitale qualified for the second round of the women’s singles draw with easy wins in the Novo World Table Tennis Tournament (WTT) Mesto 2021 here on Monday.

While Selena, Swastika and Diya won their first round matches, Archana Kamath, Krittwika Roy and Sreeja Akula secured first round passes and advanced to the penultimate round of the qualifying phase for this. double title WTT Contender in Slovenia. The main draw of the WTT Contender Novo Mesto will start on November 11. The Indian women had a blast in the first round in Slovenia, with the WTT Contender Lasko with Manika Batra and Archana winning the women’s doubles title and Manika winning the bronze in the women’s singles.

In the first round of the women’s singles qualifying, Selena defeated Mercedes Nagyvaradi of Hungary 3-1. Selena won the tight first game 11-9 but lost the second at 8-11. Selena, 21, ranked 266 in the world, regrouped and then won the next two games to a relentless 11-9,8-11, 11-9, 12-10 victory and reached the second round.

In another first round match, Diya beat Slovenian Aleksandra Vovk 3-0, recording a complete victory over a higher ranked player than herself. The 18-year-old, 324-ranked Diya beat 292-ranked Aleksandra in consecutive games, 11-6, 11-3, 11-7 to reach the second round where she will meet Russia’s Valeria Scherbatykh in the second round.

Swastika Ghosh also had it easy in the first round of qualifying, beating Slovenia’s Tjasa Novak 3-0, overtaking the local girl 11-8, 11-6, 11-7 to set up a clash with Filippa Bergand of Sweden, ranked 174th in the world.

Among the other Inds, Archana Kamath will face Croatia’s Ivana Malobabic in the second round, Krittwika Roy will face Hungarian Leonie Hartbrich while Sreeja Akula will meet Singaporean Xin Ru Wong in the second round on Tuesday. A total of eight players will qualify for the main draw of the event.

Men’s singles qualifying kicks off on Tuesday with Soumyajit Ghosh, Manav Thakkar, Snehit Suruvajjula, Sushmsit Sriram, Anthony Amalraj and Jeet Chandra in the fray. The top three Indians, Achanta Sharath Kamal, G Sathiyan and Harmeet Desai reached the main draw in the men’s singles.

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