World Youth Table Tennis Championships: Payas Jain claims bronze in U-19 - Scores, Updates, Medal, Blog
Indian youth table tennis stars Suhana Saini and Payas Jain are aiming for historic results on Wednesday in their respective semi-finals.
Suhana Saini and Payas Jain, India's youth table tennis stars, will be looking to earn some historic wins at the World Youth Table Tennis Championships on Wednesday.
This event, having started in 2003 as the World Junior Championships (played only till U-18 stages), has only seen India earning only half a medal so far - in mixed doubles back in 2010. U15 World No. 3 Suhana Saini and U17 World No. 2 Payas Jain have already assured India of their best-ever finish at this event by qualifying for the semifinals and assuring themselves of at least a bronze medal.
In the semifinals, Suhana and Payas are up against tough opponents. Suhana will face Egypt's Hana Goda, who is the U15 World No. 1 currently. Later in the day, Payas Jain will face Peng Xiang of China, who has been in brilliant form and has defeated the top 2 seeds in U-19 in recent history.
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Although Payas Jain had made a brave start, the Chinese soon pummelled in and Payas had to settle for the bronze.
In any case, this is a BIG, BIG win for India as after Suhana, earlier in the day, Payas is also medalling individually at the stage of the World Youth Championships stages!
Great stuff from this young bunch!
Payas Jain fails to match with the level of the Chinese who played blitzing-ly fast and won the match, 11-4, 10-12, 11-4, 11-2, 11-1.
Payas on the backfoot in Game 3 again as the Chinese mixes up his pace to take a 8-2 lead!
The Chinese is moving in fast here and takes the opening game 11-4! Payas has to come back!