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India completes clean sweep in Tunis

Wednesday 15 September

Success on the second day of action for Yashwini Deepak Ghorpade and Hansini Mathan Rajan; on the third day, Wednesday 15th September, India completed a clean sweep of titles in the girls’ events at the WTT Youth Contender Tunis tournament.

Swastika Ghosh, Suhana Saini and Dhaani Jain all struck gold.

Impressively Yashwini Deepak Ghorpade had won the under 17 title, Hansini Mathan Rajan, the under 13 top prize.

Under 15 girls' singles podium, Pritha Priya Vartikar and Suhana Saini

One day later, Swastika Ghosh claimed under 19 gold, Suhana Saini emerged the under 15 winner, Dhaani Jain, as she had done earlier in the month at WTT Contender tournaments in Varazdin and Otocec, was once again crowned the under 11 champion.

Swatstika Ghosh, the under 19 girls' singles winner

After overcoming Uzbekistan’s Markhabo Magdieva (11-7, 11-7, 11-8), Swastika Ghosh accounted for colleagues Lakshita Narang (11-4, 10-12, 11-8, 11-7) and Yashwini Deepak Ghorpade (6-11, 11-8, 6-11, 11-6, 11-8) to claim gold.

In the opposite half of the draw, at the quarter-final stage, Yashwini Deepak Ghorpade had beaten Tunisia’s Maram Zoghlami (15-13, 11-6, 11-5), followed by success in opposition to compatriot Nithya Mani (9-11, 11-4, 11-8, 11-5).

Impressive from Swastika Ghosh; it was the same from Suhana Saini, who earlier in Varazdin had been the under 15 girls’ singles runner up, in Otocec, the winner.

Safely through to the main draw, she beat Egypt’s Maria Younes (12-10, 11-3, 8-11, 6-11, 11-1) and colleague Sayali Rajesh Wani (11-7, 12-10, 13-11) to reach the semi-final round where the good form continued. Once again in opposition to a compatriot, she accounted for Pritha Priya Vartikar (11-9, 11-4, 9-11, 11-2) to arrest the title.

Defeat for Pritha Priya Vartikar but a most creditable effort; in the adjacent half of the draw, she had oused Egypt’s Habiba Aly (11-8, 11-7, 9-11, 8-11, 11-7), followed by success in opposition to Belgium’s Lilou Massart (11-9, 11-4, 9-11, 11-2).

Once again gold for Dhaani Jain
Meanwhile, once again there was no stopping Dhaani Jain.

At the semi-final stage she beat Uzbekistan’s Arujan Kamalova (11-2, 6-11, 15-13, 17-15), followed by success in the final when opposing Ananya Muralidharan (11-4, 11-6, 9-11, 10-12, 11-7), also from India.

Imposingly, in the penultimate round, Ananya Muralidharan had ended the hopes of Tunisia’s Mariam Brahimi (11-5, 11-5, 11-8).

Attention now turns to the boys’ events which commence on Friday 17th September.


Editor: Ian Marshall

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