Hyderabad: The Indian girls and boys finished 11th and 16th respectively in the team events of the ongoing Volkswagen World Junior Table Tennis Championship here on Tuesday.
The Manika Batra-led Indians could not withstand the Chinese Taipei onslaught and lost 0-3. But they blanked out the Netherlands 3-0 to finish just outside the top-10 in the championships.
In the morning, Manika was able to take just a game off her Taipei opponent Hsin Huang while Reeth Rishya was full of errors against Yu Wen and went down in straight sets.
Karnam Spoorthy, playing her first match in the championships, did well to stretch Ya-Ting Hsu and even take the first game. But that was all she could do as Hsu just rolled over her without much inhibition.
Against the Netherlands, however, the Indian girls started with Spoorthy who beat Rianne van Duin 3-0 and then Manika downed Alice Barendregt. Suthirtha Mukherjee rounded off the score with a 3-1 verdict against Kim Vermaas.
Indian boys finished 16th after losing their positional match to a higher-ranked Egypt 3-1. The onus was on Abhishek Yadav to win his both singles, but the left-hander won the
first and faltered to deceive in the other against Omar Bedair. He, in fact, helped Egypt finish ahead of India.
Despite leading 5-1 at changeover in the decider of his reverse singles against Bedair, Yadav allowed seven straight points to his opponent to concede the lead. The Indian had his chance yet again at 11-10, but his push and prod at a crucial stage only helped his rival who made it 11-11 by breaking Yadav.
Then he held his serve and broke Yadav once again to put the issue beyond India. Sudhanshu Grover had earlier stretched his opponent Omar Bedair to the wire and Utkarsh Gupta managed just a game against Abdel-Rahman.


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