By Neha Aggarwal
India challenged in Semi Finals
In the semi finals stage of the Junior girls’ team event, the Indian girls had a tough day as both the teams were knocked out by Chinese Taipei. Chinese Taipei A beat India C three games to one in the first semi finals. Archana Kamath extended the match by beating Yang Ya-Yan three games to one in the second singles but could not continue the same run in the reverse singles as she lost to Wu Yi-Hua in a close three games to two encounter.
The second semi final was contested between India-E and Chinese Taipei-B. The duo of Chen Ying-Chen and Su Pei-Ling showed no mercy as they thrashed India-E comprised of Amrute Shruti Vijay and Sivasankar Yashini three games to nil to advance into the finals.
The finals of junior girls’ team event was an all Chinese Taipei affair. Chen Ying-Chen and Su Pei-Ling of Chinese Taipei B continued their dream run to win the title. They beat Chinese Taipei-A three games to nil to get home the gold medal.
With the team events dominated by the Chinese Taipei girls, the Indian team has a tough challenge ahead. They must prove their supremacy on home soil. All eyes will be on Archana Kamath and Selena Selvakumar to give host nations a reason to smile.
Chinese Taipei clinch Cadet Girls crown
Chinese Taipei comprised of Chien Tung-Chuan and Chang Ju-Chia emerged the winner in the cadet girls team event prevailing over India-B by three games to nil. The Indian due of Ishita Gupta and Swastika Ghosh rejoiced winning the silver medal in their debut international appearance for India. 15-year old Ishita Gupta from New Delhi, India, who follows the same playing style as Manika Batra, the highest ranked Indian in the Women’s category, aims to establish her footing at the World Junior Circuit after ending the team events on a confident note.
Cadet girls singles will be a platform for the Indian to test herself and get India the gold it badly needs.