Commencing on Wednesday 8th September, WTT Youth Contender tournaments begin in the Croatian city of Varazdin and in Otocec, Slovenia; it is all change from the previous series when from Saturday 4th to Monday 6th September, the boys competed in Otocec, the girls’ in Varazdin.
India is very much in evidence in both cities.
In Varazdin, Payas Jain is the no.6 seed in both the under 19 boys’ singles and under 17 boys’ singles events.
Payas Jain seeking repeat success
Moreover, he is a player in form. In Octocec he won the under 17 event beating Germany’s Tom Schweiger in the final (5-11, 5-11, 11-7, 11-8, 11-8), before reaching the penultimate round of the under 19 event, losing to Romania’s Andrei Teodor Istrate (11-8, 11-5, 9-11, 11-9).
Similarly, Atherva Gupta impressed in Otocec, he reached the under 13 boys’ singles semi-finals, losing to Germany’s Noah Hersel (11-8, 12-10, 11-4).
Good form from Indian players, in Otocec it was the same from Kazakhstan’s Alan Kurmagaliyev, in the under 15 boys’ singles, he advanced to the semi-finals, losing to Romania’s Iulian Chirita (11-6, 11-4, 9-11, 11-9). In Varazdin, in the under 15 event, he is the no.15 seed.
Meanwhile, for the girls in Otocec, likewise Indian players are very much in evidence.
Diya Parag Chitale is the no.2 seed in the under 19 girls’ singles, having in Varazdin reached the semi-final round, losing to Romania’s Elena Zaharia (9-11, 11-7, 11-8, 8-11, 11-4).
Success in Varazdin for Diya Parag Chitale, it was the same for Suhana Saini. In the under 15 girls’ singles, after beating colleague Kaashvi Gupta in the semi-final (11-5, 11-5, 11-7), she experienced defeat in the final when opposing Roman’s Bianca Mei Rosu (13-15, 6-11, 11-4, 11-8, 11-3).
Equally, Suhana Saini advanced to the penultimate round in the under 17 girls’ singles, losing to Croatia’s Hana Arapovic (7-11, 11-5, 11-7, 11-3).
Both for Suhana Saini and Kaashvi Gupta appear in the same events in Varazdin; notably Suhana Saini is the no.3 seed in the under 15 girls’ singles, the no.9 seed in the under 17 girls’ singles.
In a similar vein, Hansini Mathan Rajan is the no.8 seed in the under 13 girls’ singles; she reached the penultimate round in Varazdin, losing to Russia’s Esenlia Shirokova (12-10, 12-10, 11-6).
However, the name to note is Dhaani Jain, she won the under 11 girls’ singles title in Varazdin; her name appears on the list once again, Uzbekistan’s Aruja Kamalova being the top seed.
Editor: Ian Marshall