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India girls excel in opening Varazdin encounters

Monday 06 September

Flying the flag for India, Diya Parag Chitale, Yashaswini Deepak Ghorpade and Suhana Saini were very much the players to attract the attention as play commenced at the 2021 WTT Youth Contender Varazdin tournament in northern Croatia on Saturday 4th September.

Competing in the under 19 girls’ singles event Diya Parag Chitale and Yashaswini Deepak Ghorpade made impressive starts to their campaigns, first position in their respective groups assured.

Diya Parag Chitale beat England’s Erin Green (11-4, 11-7, 11-3), followed by success in opposition to Germany’s Laura Kaim (11-5, 11-6, 11-7).


Good form from Diya Parag Chitale

Similarly, Yashaswini Deepak Ghorpade displayed no charity. She accounted for Russia’s Liubov Tentser (11-8, 13-11, 8-11, 11-7) and Croatia’s Tena Kovacek (11-5, 11-9, 11-5), prior to overcoming Malamatenia Papadimitriou of Greece, the highest rated player in the group (11-5, 11-7, 11-4) to reserve top spot.

Furthermore, Yashaswini Deepak Ghorpade reached the quarter-final stage of the under 17 girls’ singles event.

In the group phase, Yashaswini Deepak Ghorpade lost to Russia’s Alina Zavarykina (11-8, 11-9, 2-11, 11-7) but beat Germany’s Laura Kaim (11-7, 11-3, 11-8) to claim group second place and thus progress to the main draw.

Gaining in confidence, she accounted for Slovakia’s Eliska Stullerova (11-8, 11-6, 11-3), Romania’s Ioana Singeorzan (11-9, 8-11, 12-10, 11-4) and Germany’s Mia Griesel (8-11, 11-4, 11-6, 11-2), prior to experiencing defeat when facing Suhana Saini (8-11, 11-9, 11-9, 11-8).

Earlier in the group phase, Suhana Saini had beaten England’s Anna Green (11-4, 11-3, 11-2), followed by success in opposition to Romania’s Cristina Singeorzan (11-7, 11-5, 11-3); through to the main draw, she accounted for Hungary’s Csenge Adamik (11-6, 16-14, 11-7) and England’s Mari Baldwin (11-6, 7-11, 11-3, 11-8) to reserve her quarter-final place and a meeting with Yashaswini Deepak Ghorpade.

Notably, Suhana Sain finished in first position in her under 15 girls’ singles group as did Hansini Mathan Rajan in the under 13 girls’ singles.

Promising performances but arguably the most promising of all was that achieved by compatriot Dhaani Jain.

Organised on a group basis, she won the under 11 girls’ singles. She finished ahead of Uzbekistan’s Arujan Kamalova, Croatia’s Lana Benko and Austria’s Mariia Lytvyn.

Play in the girls’ events concludes on Tuesday 6th September.

Editor: Ian Marshall

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