POSTED DAE : Feb. 2, 2015
The Indian girls and boys settle for bronze medals at the Asian Junior Team Championship being held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Girls - Semi final
Boys - Semi Final
The Indian girls and boys settle for bronze medals at the Asian Junior Team Championship being held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
It was a massive effort by the Indian girls to take Malaysia into the decider but they were unable to cross the line against the top seeded team.
A great start for Akanksha Salunkhe winning the first game and holding a game ball 10-9 in the second game. However, unable to capitalised on that she lost the game and went down fighting losing the next two.
With the top string on next, Harshit Kaur Jawanda and Rachael Arnold, it was a see-saw battle with both players leading in games and throwing away the advantage. Harshit clawed her way back with a gritty effort winning the 4th game convincingly and held her nerves to win the decider.
Sivasangari a seasoned campaigner won the deciding tie for Malaysia but was a superlative effort from Adya streaching her to 4 games.
In the Junior boy’s event Velavan gave India the start that was required against the higher ranked Malaysian. Velavan matched Mohd Syafiq stroke for stroke and took control of the game. Although he dropped the third game he had kept Syafiq on court for long enough to win the 4th game with ease. This was an outstanding victory for Velavan.
Next on were the no. ones, Indian Kush Kumar very quickly found out why eain yow is a triple British junior open champion. Eain yow was clinical in his, straight game victory to level the ties.
Sandeep Ramachandran in the decider fought gallantly but was unable to keep pace with the charged up Darren Chan going down 3-0.
Overall, an ‘on-par’ good outing for the Indian junior contingent.