Hyderabad: The Indian challenge in the Volkswagen 2012 World Junior table tennis championships came to an end when Ayhika Mukerjee and Suthirtha Mukherjee lost their respective pre-quarterfinal matches on Saturday.
     
Ayhika proved to the best among the Indian lot as she managed to take a game off her US opponent Zhang Lily, going down 11-9 7-11 6-11 4-11 7-11 while poor Suthirtha succumbed to the Chinese second seed Gu Yuting in straight sets.
     
Ayhika later admitted that her opponent was more experienced but she could have extended to one or two games more.
     
"After winning the first game, I should have attacked more but Lily was too good with her backhand scorchers. She blocked well and her returns were too good," said the 15-year-old Kolkatan.
     
But Suthirtha found herself pitted against a red hot Gu Yuting who is expected to reach the final here.
     
Expectedly, Gu sent down a barrage of forehands and backhands straightaway, unsettling the Indian. The pattern continued throughout the 25-minute match which the second seed won 11-2 11-6 11-3 11-3. Nevertheless, Suthirtha was happy about her performance.
    
"I got the right exposure here and I am happy about it. Playing against Gu was intriguing and it showed when I stood against an opponent of her calibre," confessed Suthirtha.
     
Meanwhile, fifth seed Germany's Solja Petrissa, who had beaten top seed Zhu Yuling in the team championships the other day, punctured the pride of China yet again, toppling fourth seed Liu Gayong 4-2 to earn her entry into the semifinals where she will taken on Zhu Yuling on Sunday.

(Agencies)

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