Tournaments

28 Jul 2018

First place for India, the appearance of Selena Selvakumar and Yashini Sivasankar at the head of their initial stage group in the Junior Girls’ Team event at the 2018 Jordan Junior and Cadet Open, when play concluded in Amman on Saturday 28th July, was to be expected, they commenced play at the top seeds.

The fact that Swastika Ghosh and Prapti Sen emulated their colleagues was not anticipated; they commenced matters as the third seeds in an event where there were two groups, each with three teams, in the initial phase of proceedings.

by Ian Marshall, Editor

Selena Selvakumar and Yashini Sivasankar accounted for the Cypriot duo of Georgia Avraam and Konstantina Meletie by three matches to nil, prior to recording a three-one success in opposition to Thailand’s Pornkanak Maughwan and Naja Mekamporn.

The one win for the Thai pair was in the doubles when a straight games win was recorded (11-7, 11-5, 11-9); overall defeat for Pornkanak Maughwan and Naja Mekamporn but in their concluding contest, like the Indian duo, they posted a three-mil win in opposition to Georgia Avraam and Konstantina Meletie and thus booked a semi-final place.

Success for the top seeds but for the second seeds, the Chinese Taipei combination of Cai Fong-En, Chen Ting-Ting and Fang Sih-Han; after a three-nil win was secured against Jordan’s Tina Alkhoury and Lima Khater, there was a surprise defeat.

They experienced a three-two reverse at the hands of Swastika Ghosh and Prapti Sen; the star of the show being Swastika Ghosh, the big surprise being two defeats for Chen Ting-Ting, the winner one day earlier of the Junior Girls’ Singles title and the highest rated girl on duty in Amman.

Swastika Ghosh accounted for Fang Sih-Han in the opening match of the fixture (11-2, 11-3, 11-9), before in the fifth and decisive contest, overcoming Chen Ting-Ting (11-5, 12-10, 9-11, 4-11, 11-6) to secure a three-two victory. The one remaining success for India came in the second match of the fixture when Prapti Sen overcame Chen Ting-Ting (11-5, 12-10, 9-11, 4-11, 11-6).

The wins for Chinese Taipei were recorded in the doubles by Cai Fong-En and Chen Ting-Ting (11-7, 11-7, 11-9) and in the immediately ensuing contest when Fang Sih-Han overcame Swastika Ghosh and Prapti Sen (11-4, 8-11, 11-6, 11-8).

Swastika Ghosh and Prapti Sen duly accounted for Tina Alkhoury and Lima Khater by three matches to nil to reserve first place in the group.

Play in Amman concludes on Sunday 29th July.

World Junior Circuit 2018 Jordan Junior & Cadet Open Prapti Sen Swastika Ghosh
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