India dominates the roost – The Hindu


India won all but one title at the South Asian Junior and Cadet Table Tennis Championships which ended in Male on Thursday.

India did not participate in the junior boys’ team event as they had already qualified for the Asia Junior Championships. Bangladesh won the event in the absence of India.

The Indian paddlers have won 11 of the 12 titles in play, with PB Abhinandh claiming four, including the singles victories in the junior and cadet categories.

Suhana Saini (junior girls) and Jennifer Varghese (younger girls) each won a hat-trick.

The results (final):

Boys: Juniors: Singles: PB Abhinandh v R. Balamurugan 11-4, 11-5, 11-7. Double: Ankur Bhattacharjee & Patil Deepit Rajesh v KC Dulsen & TD Wijesinghe (SL) 11-8, 11-4, 11-9.

Cadet: Team:India v Pakistan 3-0 [Abhinandh bt Muhammed Ahmed 7-11, 11-6, 11-7, 11-5; P. Balamurugan bt Abbas Amjad 11-4, 11-4, 11-8; Priyanu Bhattacharya & Abhinandh bt Muhammed Ahmed & Abaas Amjad 11-5, 11-7, 11-8].

Simple: Abhinandh v Balamurugan 11-4, 11-5, 11-7. Double: Abhinandh & Balamurugan v Muhammed Ahmed & Abbas Amjad (Pak) 11-5, 11-5, 12-10.

Girls: Juniors: Team:India v Sri Lanka 3-1 [Suhana Saini bt Bimandee 11-7, 11-6, 11-5; Mani Nithyasree lost to Ayla Chitty 11-2, 4-11, 8-11, 6-11; Yashaswini Ghorpade bt Maneesha 11-3, 11-4, 11-7; Mani Nithyasree bt Bimandee 11-8, 11-6, 12-10].

Simple: Suhana Saini v Yashaswini Ghorpade 11-9, 8-11, 11-8, 11-9. Double: Suhana & Yashaswini v Swarna Sri Bandra & Chitty Ayla Sharik (SL) 11-3, 11-5, 11-9.

Cadet: Team:India v Nepal 3-0 (Jennifer Varghese vs Evana 11-1, 11-5, 11-4; Hansini vs Bianca 11-3, 11-6, 11-6; Jennifer & Sandika Bhattacharjee vs Evana & Bianca 9-11, 11-7, 9- 11, 11-9, 11-8].

Simple: Jennifer against D. Fatima (Mdv) 13-1, 4-11, 11-5, 11-13, 11-6. Double: Jennifer & Sandika v Fawad Hoor & Hassan Haiqa (Pak) 11-6, 11-6, 11-4.

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