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Paddler Manav enters Junior Worlds quarters

IANS  |  Bendigo (Australia) 

Promising Indian paddler Thakkar beat Feng Yi-Hsin of 11-7, 8-11, 11-4, 9-11, 14-12, 11-1 to enter the quarter-finals of the 2018 World Junior Championships here on Saturday.

However, Manush Shah and Chandra exited after losing their main draw matches in the first round itself.

lost to Romania's 8-11, 5-11, 8-11, 8-11 while Manush went down to Singapore's Pang Yew En Koen in a hard fought round of 32 match 11-6, 9-11, 11-4, 5-11, 4-11, 7-11.

Before taking on the opponent, the second-seeded defeated Canada's 11-9, 11-6, 11-3, 11-5 to earn a meeting with Feng, who was equally adept to the demands of the round of 16 ties when he took on the Indian.

Despite the Indian taking the first game for a psychological advantage, Feng came back strongly in the second to level the score.

The match, tantalisingly poised, went the same way until the fourth game. But the tie took a definite turn when managed to win the fifth game after four deuces and saving two game points.

From there, it was Manav all the way as his opponent seemed to have thrown in the towel after the crucial loss in the fifth game.

The Indian takes on China's in the quarters.

And, if he gets past the Chinese hurdle, the Indian will meet the winner between Japan's Yukiya Uda and China's Xu Yingbin in the semi-finals.

Manav also entered the quarter-finals of the doubles category along with Manush Shah after prevailing over Argentina's and 12-14, 11-8, 11-6, 11-13, 11-7.

The sixth seed Indian pair will take on Taiwan's Feng Yi-Hsin and Li Hsin-Yang in the quarters.

But the other Indian pair of Chandra and Snehit Suravajjula went down narrowly to the second-seeded Romanian duo of and 11-7, 11-3, 9-11, 9-11, 12-10.



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First Published: Sat, December 08 2018. 17:00 IST