Silver for Shana Saini, bronze for Diya Parag Chitale, such was the outcome for the Indian duo when play concluded in the girls’ events at the WTT Youth Contender tournament in the Croatian city of Varazdin on Monday 6th September.
Silver for Shana Saini
Shana Saini excelled in the under 15 age category eventually experiencing defeat at the hands of Romania’s Bianca Mei Rosu in a hard fought full distance five games contest (13-15, 6-11, 11-4, 11-8, 11-3).
Earlier en route to the final Shana Saini had accounted for Russia’s Anastasiia Ivanova (15-13, 11-8, 9-11, 11-8), Germany’s Josephina Neumann (11-8, 13-11, 11-3) and Aleksandra Bokova, also from Russia (13-11, 11-8, 11-7) to reach the semi-final round where she accounted for colleague Kaashvi Gupta (11-5, 11-5, 11-7).
Impressive wins from Shana Saini, for Kaashvi Gupta it had been hard fought success, holding her nerve at crucial stage.
In the main draw, Kaashvi Gupta after ousting Romania’s Alesia Sofia Sfertea (11-7, 11-6, 12-10), she had emerged in full distance duels against Germany’s Mia Griesel (2-11, 9-11, 11-7, 11-9, 11-4) and Croatia’s Zrinka Rebic (11-7, 10-12, 11-7, 4-11, 11-9).
Good form from Shana Saini; it was the same from Diya Parag Chitale.
A direct entry to the second round of the under 19 girls’ singles event, she beat Croatia’s Dora Cosic (11-5, 11-4, 11-5) and Germany’s Naomi Pranjkovic (11-6, 7-11, 11-9, 7-11, 11-8), prior to losing to Romania’s Elena Zaharia (9-11, 11-7, 11-8, 8-11, 11-4).
Defeat at the hands of the eventual winner for Diya Parag Chitale, in the same event for colleague Yashini Ghorpade, after accounting for the Czech Republic’s Monika Parizkova (11-6, 16-14, 11-7), it was a narrow defeat at the hands of the eventual runner up, Croatia’s Hana Arapovic (7-11, 9-11, 12-10, 12-10, 11-9).
Podium places for India and there was the top step of the podium, one day earlier on Sunday 5th September, Dhaani Jain had won the under 11 girls’ singles title.
Editor: Ian Marshall