Harpal Singh Bedi / New Delhi
India’s junior paddlers swept the team titles in Junior Girls and Cadet Boys, apart from winning singles title and other medals in the Serbia Junior and Cadet Table Tennis Open in Belgrade .
The best performance came from Payas Jain ( Delhi ) who bagged the Cadet Boys team event title in the company of Vishwa Deenadayalan and then went on to claim the Cadet Boys singles crown, even as the Junior Girls captured the team title.
After pairing up with Vishwa to claim Cadet Boys team crown, the two had a very good chance of adding another gold in doubles which they missed as China’s China’s Liu Shuanghao and Xu Haotian won 12-10, 9-11, 11-9, 3-11, 11-9, by a whisker.
But Payas made up for the loss when he earned the Cadet Boys’ Singles gold, defeating China’s Li Zhenlong 11-9, 11-8, 8-11, 11-4 in the final. Earlier, Payas had accounted for Divyansh Srivastava 11-8, 11-9, 8-11, 13-15, 11-4 in the semi-finals .
In other half of the draw, Vishwa Deenadayalan lost in the quarter-final while Aadarsh Om Chhetri lost to Tian Chufan in the semi-finals.
, India’s A and B teams both made the top-of-podium finish with the former claiming gold, courtesy Payas and Vishwa while the latter, with Divyansh Srivastava and Aadarsh Om Chhetri had to settle for the silver.
But before that the duo had accounted for China’s B team, comprising Liu Shuanghao, Wang Shuai and Xu Haotian, 3-1 and then the Indian pair recorded a similar margin of win over Sweden’.
On the other hand, Divyanish Srivastava and Aadarsh, registered 3-0 win against Saudi Arabia’ but got extended in the semi-finals which they won 3-2 against China..
Later, Anusha Kutumbale, Swastika Ghosh and Dia Chitale combined well to beat Singapore’s Goi Rui Xuan, Pearlyn Koh Kai Xin and Wong Xin Ru 3-1 in the Junior Girls final, Dia being the chief tormentor.
Earlier India A won 3-0 against Slovakia’s Ema Labosova, Dasa Sinkarova and Jana Terezkova. India B, comprising Radhapriya Goel, Prapti Sen and Paymantee Baisya, lost to Singapore in the semi-finals.