Payas Jain triumphs at Tunis WTT Contender, young people shine



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.

WTT Contender U15 Boys Final in Tunis Singles
A consistent Preyesh has never presented such blues like the previous Under-17 semi-finals in the Under-15 final.
SURESH RAJ Preyesh IND defeated BHATTACHARJEE Ankur IND 3-1 (11-8,15-13,11-13,11-9) https://t.co/HGZ9rKqEH5

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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