Indian paddlers off to winning start in Asian TT

New Delhi: In what turned out to be a good day for Indian paddlers, the under-18 boys blanked Thailand 3-0 while the under-15 team got the better of fancied Japan 3-1 in the group stages of the Asian Junior Table Tennis Championships.

The junior and cadet girls too had favorable outings, beating Kazakhstan and Qatar.

The junior boys (u-18), seeded third, registered a comfortable win, but the match between Harmeet Desai and Tanapol Santiwattanatarm proved to be close affair before the former prevailed 5-11, 11-8, 6-11, 11-5, 11-8.

India`s highest-ranked player in the tournament Soumyajit Ghosh and Sourav Saha won their singles in straight games.

The under-15 boys sprang the day`s biggest surprise when they beat the number one team in their group.

Abhishek Yadav lost the first singles to Japanese Masato Kakitsuka 11-9, 5-11, 15-17, 7-11 but lifted his game in the reverse singles against Tonin Ryuzaki to seal the issue for India with a 13-11, 11-6, 12-10 win.


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