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Leading the way, India and Uzbekistan

Tuesday 14 September

India and Uzbekistan were very much to the fore on the opening day of play, Monday 13th September, at the WTT Youth Contender Tunis tournament; under 17 girls’ singles and under 13 girls’ singles commencing proceedings.

Markhabo Magdieva and Ananya Muralidharan shone for Uzbekistan, for India Yashwini Deepak Ghorpade and Lakshita Narang excelled as did their colleagues Ananya Muralidharan, Hansini Mathan Rajan and Prisha Goel.

All are through to the semi-finals.

First place in her initial phase group, a direct entry to the quarter-finals Markhabo Magdieva accounted for India’s Taneesha Sanjaykumar (7-11, 11-8, 5-11, 11-9, 11-6) to reserve her place in the penultimate round of the under 17 girls’ singles event.

At the semi-final stage, she meets Egypt’s Farida Badawy, the quarter-final winner in opposition to Sayali Rajesh Wani, like Taneesha Sanjaykumar from India (16-14,11-8, 7-11, 11-9).

Defeat for India but they are guaranteed a place in the Under 19 girls’ singles final; in the opposite half of the draw Yashwini Deepak Ghorpade meets Lakshita Narang.

In the round of the last eight, both ended the progress of colleagues.

Yashwini Deepak Ghorpade beat Pritha Priya Vartikar (12-10, 11-9, 8-11, 11-6); Lakshita Narang defeated Suhana Saini (11-9, 5-11, 11-9, 11-5), the result somewhat a surprise. Three days earlier Suhana Saini had won the under 15 girls’ singles title at the WTT Youth Contender tournament in Otocec.

Notable progess for India, even more so in the under 13 girls’ singles. Ananya Muralidharan, Hansini Mathan Rajan and Prisha Goel all reserved semi-final places; the interloper is Asel Erkebaeva.

At the semi-final stage, Ananya Muralidharan beat Arujan Kamalova, like Asel Erkebaeva from Uzbekistan (11-7, 11-9, 11-9); Hansini Mathan Rajan overcame Tunisia’s Ela Said (11-1, 11-5, 11-5).

Meanwhile, at the same stage in the opposite half if the draw, Prisha Goel overcame Malak Kadry (11-8, 11-8, 11-6), Asel Erkebaeva prevented an Indian full house, she overcame Daani Jain (5-11, 11-7, 11-7, 10-12, 11-5).

The under 19 girls’ singles and under 15 girls’ singles will be played to a conclusion on Tuesday 14th September.

Editor: Ian Marshall

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