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Indian paddler Selena Selvakumar wins gold in Egypt

Press Trust of India  |  Sharm El-Sheikh (Egypt) 

India's young paddler Selena Selvakumar put up an impressive show in the Junior Girls' Team event to annex the 2017 Junior and Cadet Table-Tennis Open title here.

The 17-year-old girl teamed up with local duo of Riman Hesham and Waad Ibrahim to upset the top seeded A team 3-2.


She beat Sarah Abousetta 3-1 (11-8, 13-11, 11-13, 11-7) in the opening encounter and Marwa Alhodaby 3-1 (12-10, 4-11, 11-8, 11-9) in the fourth match to set up the victory.

Her wins were particularly impressive as Egypt's Waad Ibrahim and Riman Hesham had lost to the highly rated Marwa Alhodaby and Mariam Alhodaby to hand over the initiative to their opponents.

Selena, however, didn't lose her cool and won the first game 12-10 against Marwa. That was enough to shift the momentum and she rode on it for a comfortable win.

Waad Ibrahim post a victory, beating Sarah Abousetta 3-1 (3-11, 11-9, 11-3, 11-6).

Selena was equally impressive in the semifinals against the Egypt-Tunisia team. She overcame Egypt's Eman Taha 3-1 (11-8, 11-3, 6-11, 11-7) in the second match and Tunisia's Abir Haj Salah 3-1 (11-5, 12-14, 11-9, 11-6) in what proved to be the decider.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Fri, October 13 2017. 19:57 IST
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