Future Indian table tennis player Payas Jain is in the shape of his life. After winning gold at the WTT Youth Contender in Slovenia last week, the Delhi-based table tennis player took home his second gold medal in trotting, beating Belgium’s Tom Closset 3-1 (7-11 , 11-4, 11 -4, 15-13) in the final category U-17 WTT Youth Contender in Tunis.
Payas Jain had a poor start to the final but came back strong to face the Belgian to climb quickly 2-1. However, in the fourth touch-and-go game, his opponent wasted a few game points to allow the Indian table tennis player to finish in style.
Earlier in his semi-final, Payas Jain defeated Preyesh Raj Suresh in consecutive games of 16-14, 11-8, 11-8. Despite his advantage in the first game, the boy from Tamil Nadu couldn’t break Payas Jain’s confidence and ultimately settled for the bronze medal.
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Ankur Bhattacharjee, who played a lasting semi-final against Tom Closset, almost won. But in the end, the Belgian was a little better, leaving the Indian table tennis player with the bronze medal.
Payas Jain fails to replicate success in U-19 category
However, Payas Jain failed to clear the semi-final hurdle, once again, in the U-19 boys category. The Indian finished on the podium, receiving the bronze medal after being beaten by Louis Laffineur 1-3 (11-9, 10-12, 4-11, 9-11).
Payas Jain started well and, after a bit of a struggle in the second, doubled up. The Belgian rebounded well and finished the task shortly after winning the second game.
In another semi-final, Deepit Patel from Maharashtra lost 3-11, 4-11, 7-11 to Adrien Rassanfosse, also Belgian. Adrien became the eventual winner by beating compatriot Tom in the final.
Left-hander Preyesh Raj made up for his loss in the senior age category to win the U-15 boys’ title. He beat Ankur Bhattacharjee in the final 3-1 (11-8, 15-13, 11-13, 11-9). The West Bengal paddler stepped onto the podium for the second time, this time winning a silver medal.
Another Indian, PB Abhinand of Tamil Nadu, settled for bronze after losing his semi-final 9-11, 12-10, 7-11, 1-11 to Ankur earlier today.
In the U-11 boys category, it was again an all-Indian show as Vishruth Ramakrishnan won the gold medal after counting for local boy Amir Essid. The boy from Tamil Nadu won 11-4, 11-3, 11-7.
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