Pad­dler Manav en­ters Ju­nior Worlds quar­ters

The Sunday Guardian - - Sports -

BENDIGO: Promis­ing In­dian pad­dler Manav Thakkar beat Feng Yi-Hsin of Tai­wan 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 Jeet Chan­dra ex­ited af­ter los­ing their main draw matches in the first round it­self. Jeet lost to Ro­ma­nia’s Cristian Plelta 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, 114, 5-11, 4-11, 7-11.

Be­fore tak­ing on the Tai­wan op­po­nent, the sec­ond­seeded Manav de­feated Canada’s Jeremy Hazin 11-9, 11-6, 11-3, 11-5 to earn a meet- ing 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 Manav man­aged to win the fifth game af­ter four deuces and sav­ing two game points. From there, it was Manav all the way as his Tai­wan op­po­nent seemed to have thrown in the towel af­ter the cru­cial loss in the fifth game. The In­dian takes on China’s Xiang Peng 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 semi­fi­nals. Manav also en­tered the quar­ter-fi­nals of the dou­bles cat­e­gory along with Manush Shah af­ter pre­vail­ing over Ar­gentina’s Martin Ben­tan­cor and San­ti­ago Lorenzo 12-14, 11-8, 11-6, 11-13, 11-7. IANS

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