by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor
Notably on her two appearances in Indore, in Junior Girls’ Singles events, she had not progressed beyond the initial group stage of proceedings. The only success of note being a semi-final Cadet Girls’ Singles finish in Indore two years ago.
Second place in the group one day earlier when beaten by Prapti Sen (11-5, 11-7, 6-11, 12-10); one day later in the final, Yashini Sivasankar reversed the decision.
She overcame her nemesis in seven games to arrest the title (7-11, 5-11, 11-4, 8-11, 11-8, 11-6, 11-4), having earlier caused a major upset by beating Thailand’s Jinnipa Sawettabut in the quarter-finals (11-7, 8-11, 13-11, 9-11, 11-6, 4-11, 11-8).
A surprise last eight win, the semi-final success was also somewhat of a surprise. She beat colleague Kushi Vishwanath, the no.9 seed (11-8, 11-7, 7-11, 10-12, 13-11, 11-6) in a round where all four semi-finalists were from India. In the opposite half of the draw, after having overcome Swastika Ghosh, likewise from India (9-11, 11-5, 8-11, 11-7, 11-9, 7-11, 11-7), Prati Sen accounted for Vanshika Bhargava, the no.10 seed (11-7, 11-6, 11-8, 14-12).
Disappointment for Jinnipa Sawettabut but there was success; in partnership with India’s Nanapat Kola, she won the Junior Girls’ Doubles title.
At the final hurdle, they overcame Chinese Taipei’s Cai Fong-En and Chien Tung-Chuan (6-11, 13-11, 11-7, 9-11, 11-4), having one round earlier accounted for Manushree Patil and Prapti Sen (11-6, 10-12, 11-8, 11-7). Defeat for one Indian partnership, in the corresponding semi-final, it was defeat for another; Cai Fong-En and Chien Tung-Chuan overcame Priyanka Pareek and Yashini Sivasankar.
Bronze for Yashini Sivasankar but later gold; a day to remember for the Indian teenager.