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Against the odds, silver for Yashwini Deepak Ghorpade in Otocec

Friday 10 September

India’s Yashwini Deepak Ghorpade was the player to impress on Thursday 9th September at the WTT Youth Contender tournament in Otocec; in Varazdin, the young man to catch the eye was Qatar’s Sultan Al-Kuwari.

Competing in the under 17 girls’ singles, Yashwini Deepak Ghorpade emerged the silver medallist.


Silver for Yashwini Deepak Ghorpade

A player with no current world ranking and thus the lowest rated in her initial phase group, she finished in first place ahead of Russia’s Daria Mikhailova, Slovenia’s Nusa Kadis and Germany’s Sarah Rau.

Progress to the main draw, commencing her itinerary in round two, she caused Russia more pain by beating Anastasiia Beresneva (11-9, 11-7, 11-4), prior to overcoming Romania’s Iona Singeorzan (11-3, 7-11, 11-7, 13-11) and Germany’s Laura Kaim (11-7, 11-5, 11-4) to reserve her place in the penultimate round.

The good form continued. She accounted for Ukraine’s Veronika Matiunina (11-2, 11-7, 11-8) to reach the final where progress was halted in a full distance five games contest by Romania’s Elena Zaharia (8-11, 13-11, 11-7, 6-11, 11-3).

Good form from Yashwini Deepak Ghorpade in Otocec, it was the same from Uzbekistan’s Asel Erkebaeva in the under 13 girls’ singles; she secured first position in her initial phase group, finishing ahead of India’s Dhaani Jain, Slovakia’s Emma Molnarova and Slovenia’s Laura Rahotin Pavic.

Top spot in the group meant a direct entry to the quarter-finals; she overcame the Czech Republic’s Veronika Polakova (11-6, 7-11, 11-6, 3-11, 11-7) before experiencing defeat when facing Russia’s Eseniia Shirokova (11-7, 7-11, 11-4, 11-3).

Success for Asel Erkebaeva; alas for Dhaani Jain it was a first round defeat at the hands of Romania’s Andreea Baiasu (8-11, 11-6, 11-9, 11-4); for colleague Hansini Mathan Rajan it was farewell one round later. After overcoming Romania’s Bianca Andreea Jifcu (11-9, 12-10, 12-10), she was beaten by Germany’s Lorena Morsch (11-7, 12-10, 9-11, 11-9).

A semi-final finish for Asel Erkebaeva, in Varazdin, in the under 13 boys’ singles, it was the same outcome for Sultan Al-Kuwari.

He concluded his group stage matches ahead of Hungary’s Zeteny Lindner, India’s Guru Sanjith Vijay and Croatia’s Luka Karanovic. A main draw place, he overcame the Czech Republic’s Martin Slany (11-8, 12-10, 14-12) and Germany’s Matej Haspel (9-11, 12-10, 12-10, 11-5) to reach the penultimate round where Austria’s Julian Rzihauschek (11-9, 11-8, 11-8) ended adventures.

Play in both Otocec and Varazdin continues with events in the under 19 and under 15 age groups.

Editor: Ian Marshall

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