WTT Contender table tennis: the golden girls of India

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Indian table tennis juniors took home all the gold medals offered as they went wild at the WTT Contender event in Tunis.

The Indian table tennis girls were on the money and produced scintillating efforts as numerous finals, in various categories, were played between the Indians.

In the U-19 girls, Swastika Ghosh beat her compatriot Yashaswini Ghorphade 3-2 (6-11, 11-6, 6-11, 11-6 11-8) in a captivating encounter. However, Yashaswini Ghorphade triumphed in the U-17 category, beating Egypt’s Farida Badawy 3-0. (11-6, 14-12, 11-7).

Suhana Saini emerged victorious in the U-15 category, beating Pritha Vartikar for her second international gold medal. The Haryana-born table tennis player had just returned from a winning stint in Slovenia and continued her good form here.

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In the U-13 category, Mr. Hansini defeated Prisha Goel 3-0 (11-5, 11-8, 11-8) in the final while in the U-11, Dhaani Jain became champion by beating Ananya Muralidharan 3 – 2 (11-4, 11-6, 9-11, 10-12, 11-7) in a difficult final.

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Bengaluru-based table tennis player Yashaswini Ghorphade, playing her second final of the evening shortly after a brief break from her gold-winning U-17 final, faced Mumbai table tennis player Swastika in the U-17 category. Warmed up, Yashaswini won the first match before Swastika recovered to win the second. But the fight continued unabated, as the two split the next two games and, in the decider, Swastika turned out a notch better than Yashaswini.

Earlier, Yashaswini beat Nithyashree Mani 3-1 (9-11, 11-4, 11-8, 11-5), while Swastika beat Lakshita Narang 3-1 (11-4, 10-12, 11- 8, 11-7) in the semi-finals. Table tennis players from Chennai and Delhi settled for the bronze medal.

In the U-17 final, it was another story for Yashaswini. His Egyptian opponent Badawy did not prove any match in the final. But the Bengaluru table tennis player lost a match in the first and struggled in the third to overpower Lakshita in the semi-final, winning it 3-1 (8-11, 11-4, 11-8, 13- 11). The Delhi table tennis player had to settle for bronze again.

Haryana’s Suhana showed her determination in her golden Under-15 victory over Pritha of Maharashtra. In the tense final, Suhana took the lead with a considerable lead to seal it.

Sayali Wani lost her semi-final outing to Suhana 7-11, 10-12, 11-13. It is commendable that the West Bengal table tennis player was able to stretch the experienced Suhana in the last two games. Pritha lost a match in her semi-final against Belgium’s Lilou Massart but gained momentum to finish with a 3-1 victory (11-9, 11-4, 9-11, 11-2).

In the Under-13 final, Chennai-born table tennis player Hansini defeated Delhi’s Prisha Goel in consecutive matches. In the semifinals, Hansini beat Ananya, also a straight game affair, while Prisha beat Uzbek Asel Erkebaeva 3-0 (11-6, 12-10, 11-4). Ananya came back with the bronze.

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