Abhishek, Manika win Youth TT national titles

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Alappuzha:  Petroleum Sports Promotion Board’s Abhishek Yadav emerged the Youth Boys singles champion while Manika Batra retained her Youth Girls singles crown in the 76th Junior National and Youth Table Tennis Championships at the Radha Convention Centre here Sunday.

While top seed Abhishek crushed teammate Sudhanshu Grover 4-2 (11-9, 14-12, 8-11, 9-11, 11-4, 11-4) in the boys’ final, Delhi girl Manika overwhelmed Maharashtra’s Charvi Kawle 4-1 (10-12, 12-10, 11-5, 11-9, 11-3) in the girls’ title clash.

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In the Junior Boys’ singles competition, PSPB’s Manav Thakkar beat Delhi’s Utkarsh Gupta 4-1 (9-11, 11-6, 13-11, 13-11, 11-7).

The Results:
Youth Boys (Singles): Final: Abhishek Yadav (PSPB) bt Sudhanshu Grover (PSPB) 4-2 (11-9, 14-12, 8-11, 9-11, 11-4, 11-4); Semifinals: Abishek Yadav bt Lalrin Puia 4-1 (11-3, 10-12, 11-4, 11-4, 11-9), Sudhanshu Grover bt Utkarsh Gupta 4-0 (11-7, 11-8, 11-5, 11-9).

Doubles: Final: Abhishek Yadav/Sudhanshu Grover (PSPB) bt Ravindra Kotiyan/Siddesh Pande (Mah) 3-2 (11-6, 9-11, 11-4, 10-12, 11-8).

Youth Girls (Singles): Final: Manika Batra (PSPB) bt Charvi Kawle (Mah) 4-1 (10-12, 12-10, 11-5, 11-9, 11-3); Semifinals: Manika Batra bt Archana Kamath 4-0 (11-7, 11-4, 11-8, 11-9), Charvi Kawle bt Senohra D’Souza 4-3 (3-11, 8-11, 11-7, 11-8, 4-11, 15-13, 22-20).

Doubles: Final: Senhora D’Souza/Reeth Rishya (PSPB) bt Mallika Bhandarkar/Charvi Kawle (Mah) 3-2 (11-8, 9-11, 9-11, 11-5, 11-6).

Junior Boys (Singles): Final: Manav Thakkar (PSPBA) bt Utkarsh Gupta 4-1 (9-11, 11-6, 13-11, 13-11, 11-7); Semifinals: Manav Thakkar bt Sanish Ambekar 4-3 (2-11, 11-8, 11-9, 6-11, 3-11, 11-9,11-6, Utkarsh Gutpa bt Lalrin Puia 4-2 (11-8, 8-11, 11-4, 7-11, 11-7, 11-9).

Doubles: Final: Manav Thakkar/Birdie Boro (PSPBA) bt Sanish Ambedkar/Ravindra Kotiyan (Mah) 3-0 (11-8, 11-1, 12-10).

Junior Girls (Doubles): Final: Harshavardhini/Yashini (TN) bt Noor Badsha/Vaishali Katam (AP) 3-2 (11-7, 9-11, 11-4, 8-11, 11-8).