Ankita reaches second round in Florence
Qualifier Ankita Raina beat Elina Avanesyan 7-5, 4-6, 6-1 in the first round of the WTA125 tennis tournament in Florence, Italy, on Tuesday.
South Asian Youth Table Tennis Championship: Ankur, Suhana emerge U-19 singles champions
Ankur Bhattacharjee and Suhana Saini on Wednesday grabbed gold medals in their respective U-19 boys and U-19 girls’ singles categories in the South Asian Youth Table Tennis tournament in Itanagar.
It was a successful day for the Indian contingent which bagged all gold medals that were on offer on the final day of the event at the Dorjee Khandu Indoor Stadium.
The Indian players, in fact, also claimed four silver medals in the singles’ events while those from Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Maldives were also among medal winners.
However, Bhutan could not manage any medal with its players participating only in the singles events.
Indian players won three gold medals in the U-15 boys, U-19 girls and U-15 girls categories on the second day of the championship whereas Nepal claimed the U-19 boys gold.
In the U-19 boys singles, Ankur defeated Payas Jain 4-2 to win the summit clash. After both the players made an aggressive start, Ankur took a 3-1 lead and despite Payas claiming the fourth game, Ankur closed out the sixth with minimal points to wrap up the final.
In the U-19 girls singles final, Suhana defeated Yashaswini Ghorpade 4-1 in a one-sided contest. Yashaswini was off-colour and could never pick Suhana’s service.
In the U-19 girls’ doubles, Yashaswini and Suhana combined to beat the Maldivian pair of Mishka Ibrahim and Fathimath Dheema Ali 3-0 and won the gold medal.
The Indian pair of Divyansh Srivastava and Jash Modi blanked Ridoy Mohutassin Ahmed and Bawn Rahim Lian 3-0 to win the boys’ doubles final.
In the U-15 boys singles, Priyanuj Bhattacharya defeated PB Abhinand 3-1, while in the U-15 girls singles, Jennifer Varghese defeated Avisha Karmakar 3-1 in the final.
Jennifer and Avisha teamed up to defeat the Nepal pair of Sushmita Khadka and Subhashree Shrestha to take top spot in the podium.
In the mixed doubles, Payas and Yashaswini defeated the pair of Akhyar Ahmed Khalid and Fathimath Dheema Ali from Maldives.
On the other hand, Abhinand and Jennifer got the better of Sri Lanka’s Mohamed Akram Shafiullah and Kavindya Tamadi to clinch the gold medal.
Results (all finals)
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