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World Youth Table Tennis C'Ships: Suhana Saini and Payas Jain assure India of two more medals

Contesting absolute thrillers in their individual quarter-finals, young paddlers Suhana Saini and Payas Jain confirmed bronze medals and booked semifinal spots.

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Young table tennis sensations Payas Jain and Suhana Saini confirm medals for India at World Youth Table Tennis Championships 2021 (Source: ITTF)

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The Bridge Desk

Updated: 2021-12-08T14:57:53+05:30

Indian youth table tennis stars Suhana Saini and Payas Jain kept the medal shower going as they won their individual quarter-final encounters to secure the semi-final berth and assure India of two more bronze medals. Earlier, the U-15 girls' team, led by Saini once more, had already kick-started this medal party by winning the bronze there as well.

The World No. 3 in U-15, Suhana Saini played out a tough match against World No. 6 U-15 star from Romania, Bianca Mei Rosu that went down to the wire, before Suhana won 3-4 (11-8, 5-11, 5-11, 8-11, 11-8, 12-10, 7-11) and stormed into the semi-finals. Her semi-final opponent is, however, a tough one - Egypt's Hana Goda, who is the World No. 1 in U-15 currently. At 13, Hana Goda is a force to reckon with and she is already a threat at the senior level. Suhana needs to be very careful against this rising Egyptian paddler.


On the other hand, the World No. 4 in U-19, Payas Jain played a clinical match against Iran's Navid Shams of Iran in the quarter-finals of the U-19 Boys' Singles. Jain dominated pretty comprehensively and only dropped one game en route to the victory. Sailing into the semis, 4-1 (9-11, 8-11, 8-11, 11-8, 4-11), Jain also has a tough challenge on his plate in the form of Peng Xiang of China, who has been in a brilliant form so far. Jain will also need to keep his guard up against the formidable Chinese player who even defeated Kay Stumper and Truls Moregard, the top 2 seeds in U-19 in recent history.

While the semi-finals can prove to be tricky for both Suhana and Payas, the bronze medals are confirmed for them - which is enough to indicate the growth of Indian table tennis - both at the junior and senior levels, it's a pleasant future ahead surely!

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