27 Jan 2017

Ranked no.97 in December on Under 18 Boys' World Rankings, on Thursday 26th January, the host nation's Ronit Bhanja caused the biggest upset in round one of the Boys' Singles qualifying stage at the 2016 ITTF World Junior Circuit Finals in Indore, India.

He beat Chinese Taipei's Li Hsin-Yang, ranked no.58, in a thrilling seven games.

by Neha Aggarwal

Ronit Bhanja won the match 11-5, 11-6, 7-11, 4-11, 9-11, 11-8, 11-8.

“It was a quiet hard match. I was leading 2-0 but then I gave up three games in a row. I am glad that I won at the end” said Bhanja.

He continued, “I beat him in Chinese Taipei Open in 2016 which gave me confidence. I was quiet aggressive today. His attack is so strong but he had problems when I returned the balls with less spin. My aim was to be consistent on the table and that helped me win!”

Bhanja’s teammate Manav Vikash Thakkar also brought home a million smiles as he beat Australia’s Rohan Dhooria in a comfortable 4-0 margin. Thakkar’s clever game play was evident as he changed the pace often to keep Dhooria confused. Thakkar won 11-4, 11-2, 11-8, 11-3.

Top seed Slovenia’s Darko Jorgic sailed smooth in the first round winning over USA’s Victor Liu in five games. He gave up only the second game 7-11 but had a comfortable run in the rest of the games. He won 11-7, 7-11, 11-6, 11-8, 11-7.

In group two, Japan’s Yukiya Uda, seeded number two in the tournament had no problems against Thailand’s Yanapong Panagitgun. He beat Panagitgun in five games 11-9, 11-5, 9-11, 11-8, 11-9 to prove his mettle. The other Japanese sensation, Koyo Kanamitsu also had a comfortable outing in the round one matches as he beat Qatar’s Mohammed Abdulwahhab 4-1 (11-4, 11-6, 11-7, 9-11, 11-4).

Round two matches commence in the evening. Watch all the thrilling action LIVE from Indore only on ITTF’s YouTube channel.

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