by Simon Daish
Suhana Saini presented himself in promising form and won the U15 girls’ individual title at the WTT Youth Contender events last month in Tunis and Otocec and could not have asked for a better start in Muscat.
With two 3-0 wins in the group stage, Saini continued her perfect opening when she defeated Iranian Baran Arjmand (11-7, 11-8, 11-5) and Indian Sayali Rajesh Wani (11-9, 11-5 , 11-7) in even games. Saini met another Indian teammate in the last hurdle and beat U13 champion Hansini Mathan Rajan with 3-1 (11-5, 7-11, 11-6, 11-8) to her third trophy WTT Youth Series.
“This is my third WTT title in girls’ singles under 15 after Tunisia and Slovenia. It feels great to win and I enjoyed the atmosphere. I would like to thank the Oman Table Tennis Association. The venue is always great. This is my third time in Oman and also my first international title was won here, so it’s a special place for me. The food, the hotel and the accommodation are great and that helped me. I would also like to thank my mother and my trainer who are here with me; You helped me a lot during the games. Finally, I would like to thank my association and the ITTF for organizing the training camp here in Oman, which helped me a lot to improve, ”said Suhana Saini
Yashaswini Deepak Ghorpade, who was crowned champion in the U17 girls’ singles on the fourth day, followed on the final day in Muscat with another title win when she held up the U19 trophy.
Taking into account the Indian colleague Lakshita Narang (11-8, 7-11, 11-7, 11-7) and the Lebanon Mariam El Habech (11-3, 14-12, 12-10), Ghorpade stormed with them. little effort in the semifinals. Another compatriot, Anargya Manjunath, failed to get Ghorpade off course (13-11, 11-9, 11-6) while Markhabo Magdieva of Uzbekistan again fell victim to Ghorpade at the final hurdle in a repeated U17 title showdown result fell (11-6, 11-8, 11-4).
“I felt good after yesterday’s win, I was confident and played well. The topic of the WTT events is very well organized and all employees are friendly. It is a nice event and it is very nice for the younger generation that events are organized that support us in our development. Next, I hope to do a good performance at the Indian National Championships, beat the top ranked players in the world and try to be in the table tennis spotlight, ”said Yashaswini Deepak Ghorpade
Arujan Kamalova also enjoyed a successful day at the Sultan Qaboos Sport Complex and was best in class in the U11 girls’ singles. Kamalova competed in a group of three and got her campaign off to the best possible start when she outclassed her Kazakh colleague Dilyora Davletova 3-0 (11-2, 11-4, 11-6). Kamalova secured the top spot shortly afterwards, defeating Lebanon Bissan Chiri in her second game (11-4, 11-2, 11-7).
On the last day of the match, His Highness Sayyid Fatik bin Fahar al-Said was also present.
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