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Golden sweep for Indian girls in Tunis

Both the Chennai and Delhi girls had to settle for the bronze medals, TTFI secretary general Arun Kumar Banerjee said.

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Kolkata: Swastika Ghosh defeated compatriot Yashaswini
Ghorphade 3-2 (6-11, 11-6, 6-11, 11-6 11-8) in what turned
out to be a gripping Under-19 Girls final to win the WTT Contender
the event in Tunis, the Table Tennis Federation of India said on Thursday.

However, a little while before, the silver medallist Yashaswini won
gold in the Under-17 Girls final, beating Egyptian Farida Badawy 11-6,
14-12, 11-7.

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These were not only successes in Tunis this week as the Indian
paddlers collected all the gold on offer, besides some silver and
bronze medals.

Suhana Saini accounted for Pritha Vartikar in the Under-15 Girls final
for her second international gold. She had earlier won the title
during her Slovenia sojourn. M. Hansini was another Indian who excelled, winning the gold in Under-13 Girls, beating Prisha Goel 11-5, 11-8, 11-8. In Under-11 Girls, Dhaani Jainemerged champion when she downedAnanya Muralidharan 11-4, 11-6, 9-11, 10-12, 11-7 in a tough final.

Playing her second final soon after a brief break from her
gold-winning U-17 final, the Bengaluru girl took on Mumbai’s Swastika
in the Under-17 section. Nicely warmed up, Yashaswini won the first
game before Swastika recovered to take the second.

But the fight continued unabated, as the two shared the next two games
and, in the decider, Swastika proved a notch better than Yashaswini.
Earlier, she beat Nithyashree Mani 9-11, 11-4, 11-8, 11-5, while
Swastika downed Lakshita Narang 11-4, 10-12, 11-8, 11-7 in their
semi-finals.

Both the Chennai and Delhi girls had to settle for the bronze medals,
TTFI secretary general Arun Kumar Banerjee said.

In U-17, it was a different story for Yashaswini. Her Egyptian
opponent Badawy proved no match in the final.

But the Bengaluru girl dropped a game first and struggled in the third
to subdue Lakshita in the semi-final, winning it 8-11, 11-4, 11-8, 13-11. The Delhi girl again had to settle
with the bronze.

Haryana’s Suhana showed her resolve in her golden win in the U-15
against Maharashtra’s Pritha.

In the tense final, Suhana surged ahead with a sizable lead to seal it.
Sayali Wani lost her semi-final outing to Suhana 7-11, 10-12, 11-13.
It was creditable that the West Bengal girl could stretch the experienced Suhana in the last two games. But Pritha dropped a game in her semi-final against Belgian Lilou Massart but picked up momentum to finish with an 11-9, 11-4, 9-11, 11-2 victory.

In the U-13 final, Chennai Hansini beat Delhi’s Prisha Goel in
straight games. In the semi-finals, Hansini beat Ananya,
also a straight-game affair, while Prisha beat Uzbek’s Asel Erkebaeva
11-6, 12-10, 11-4. Ananya returned with the bronze.

However, the Tamil Nadu girl’s better showing fetched her silver in
the U-13 category. Yet, she squandered a 2-0 lead to leave
Dhaani is off the hook. Credit to the Delhi girl who fought to finish
with the gold.

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