Al Riyami shines at ISC Open

Times of Oman - - SPORTS -

MUS­CAT: Tal­ented Omani player, Ahmed Al Riyami set the early pace on the open­ing day of the Villeroy & Boch +Hans­gro­hes­pon­sored Open Ta­ble Ta­ble Ten­nis Tour­na­ment or­gan­ised by the In­dian So­cial Club (ISC).

The tour­na­ment got off to a hec­tic start af­ter vet­eran Nitin Vaidya de­clared the tour­na­ment open af­ter ex­chang­ing a few ral­lies with sev­enyear-old Samm­ridhi.

In the boys un­der-13 sin­gles, Ahmed Al Riyami put in a bril­liant all-round dis­play to record two back-to-back vic­to­ries to ad­vance to the quar­ter­fi­nals.

In the first round, Ahmed downed Shayaan Tan­veer with a con­vinc­ing 11-5, 11-5, 11-9 ver­dict and in the sec­ond showed great fight­ing qual­i­ties to reg­is­ter a hard­fought 6-11, 11-2, 11-4, 10-12, 11-7 win over In­done­sian Tito Win­bowo. Tito had ear­lier dis­posed off Sri Gau­ranga11-5, 9-11, 11-5, 11-8.

In other first round matches, Aditya Sairam de­feated Rishabh Sheth 11-7, 11-4, 11-5, Ab­hi­nav Raghu ousted Wasi Mo­hamad 11-9, 11-5, 11-3, Vedant Bahi­rat showed no mercy in his 11-0, 11-0, 11-0 blank­ing of new­comer Hu­maid bin Shoaib, Anirudh Menon beat Shri­neekhetan A 11-5, 11-7, 11-9, Viren Kund­nani tri­umphed 11-6, 11-8, 11-7 over Sid­dhant Gu­ber, Si­bil Joseph de­feated Shashank C.B. 11-8, 11-3, 11-2, Harikr­ishna Biju pre­vailed over Ar­nav Mo­hot 11-3, 11-4, 11-0. Full story @ time­so­fo­man.com/sports

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