Anargya Manjunath was undoubtedly the Indian player to attract the headlines at the WTT Youth Contender Belgrade tournament; on Tuesday 28th September, she won the under 19 girls’ singles title.
Gold in Belgrade for Anargya Manjunath
Later in the proceedings, which concluded on Tuesday 3rd October, colleagues took the stage in the male events; none could match Anargya Manjunath, but Yashansh Malik came very close.
He concluded matters the under 19 boys’ singles silver medallist, eventually beaten by Czech Republic’s Adam Stalzer (11-4, 9-11, 8-11, 11-6, 12-10).
Notably it was the second time they had met in the tournament, Yashansh Malik proving a much more testing adversary than when they had met in the group stage, on that occasion Adam Stalzer had succeeded in straight games (14-12, 11-7, 11-8).
The outcome for Yashansh Malik was second place in the group and progress to the main draw. In the opening round he accounted for Alexandros Madesis of Greece by the narrowest of margins (11-4, 9-11, 8-11, 11-6, 12-10), before overcoming Croatia’s Leo Vekic (11-7, 11-7, 11-13, 11-5), Russia’s Maksim Kaburkin (11-6, 12-10, 11-13, 11-5) and Hungary’s Eric Huzsvar (16-14, 11-7, 14-12) to reach the final.
A silver medal for Yashansh Malik, for compatriots Rohith Sharma and Aarnav Naveen Chandra it was bronze.
Safely through the group phase, in the under 17 boys’ singles, Rohith Sharma beat Serbia’s Dimitrije Pavlovic (11-5, 11-4, 11-4), Qatar’s Rawad Alnaser (11-5, 11-9, 11-7) and Turkey’s Ugurcan Dursan (11-5, 8-11, 11-9, 9-11, 11-8), prior to experiencing defeat when facing Russia’s Serafim Orlov (11-3, 8-11, 11-4, 11-9).
Meanwhile, a direct entry from the group phase to the semi-final round, in the under 11 boys’ singles, Aarnav Naveen Chandra was narrowly beaten by Ioannis Kioseloglou of Greece (11-7, 1-7, 7-11, 13-11).
Places on the podium; for Rawad Alnaser he was just one step short. After overcoming Carlos Gonçalves (11-7, 11-8, 12-10), he was beaten by Tiago Abiodun, also from Portugal (12-10, 11-8, 9-11, 11-7).
The next WTT Youth Contender tournament will be staged in Muscat from Sunday 10th to Friday 15th October.
Editor: Ian Marshall