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Grand double for India’s Payas

13 Oct 2021 By ASHOK PUROHIT

Saudi Arabia’s Abdulrahman, Uzbekistan’s Alan and Qatar’s Sultan also claim titles

Girls’ competition at the 2021 WTT Youth Contender Muscat begins from today

Muscat – It was double delight for Indian teenager Payas Jain, who claimed two titles in the U19 and U17 categories at ongoing WTT Youth Contender Muscat being played at the Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex (SQSC) on Tuesday night.

Payas got the better of Uzbekistan’s Alan Kurmangaliyev in a hard-fought U17 summit clash, winning 3-2 (12-10, 11-7, 6-11, 8-11, 11-5).

The Indian paddler claimed his second crown with a dominating 3-0 win over fellow countrymate Yashansh Malik (11-5, 11-7, 11-9) in the U19 final. Payas had defeated another countrymate, Varun Shanker Balusuri, in the semifinals in a tough five-setter 3-2.

Uzbek paddler Alan made up for his disappointment in the U17 final by emerging winner in the U15 title clash. Alan defeated India’s Ankur Bhattacharjee 3-2 (7-11, 13-11, 7-11, 11-4, 11-7) in a thrilling final.

The U13 and U11 categories were dominated by players from the Gulf region with Qatar’s Sultan al Kuwari edging past his countrymate Rawad al Naser 3-2 (6-11, 11-9, 5-11, 11-9, 11-8) for the U13 crown.

Earlier in the semifinals, Sultan had defeated another Qatari, Ahmad Korani 3-1.

The youngest category (U11) witnessed Saudi Arabia’s Abdulrahman al Taher take the top honours with a 3-2 win over Qatar’s Mohammed al Saluati.

Oman challenge fizzles out

Earlier on Tuesday morning, Oman’s Mashal al Shehi, who was the only local paddler to make it to U19 round-of-16 knockout stage, made a tame exit, losing 0-3 to Bangladesh’s Ahmed Mohutasin Ridoy.

Shehi had booked a spot in the last-16 with a 3-1 win over Qatar’s Ahmed Saadawi 3-1.

Another local hope in the knockout stage was Luqman al Farsi in U15 event. However, Luqman al Farsi suffered a 0-3 defeat to Saudi’s Abdulrahi Hadi 3-0 in the last-32 match.
Luqman had also reached the last-32 of the U17 event.

Girls’ competition begins today

As many as 29 girls will take part at the ongoing seventh-leg of the WTT Youth Contender Muscat, starting on Thursday.
The participants are from Egypt, India, Iran, Lebanon, Maldives, Pakistan, Uzbekistan, Syria and the hosts Oman.

The local hopes will be carried by Al Hoor al Jassasi, Noor al Farsi and Retaj al Abri.

Earlier, the Oman trio took part in an ITTF high-performance training camp, which concluded on Tuesday at Sultan Qaboos Sport’s Complex under the supervision of ITTF coach Mohammed Atoum, a former Oman team coach.

Also assisting him in the camp were coaches from India, Uzbekistan, Syria, Maldives and Oman. The camp lasted ten days with morning and evening trainings sessions. The two-day girls competition will be in U13, U15, U17 and U19 categories and conclude on Friday.

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