by Ian Marshall, Editor
Notably, the combination of the host nation’s Hana Arapovic and Hana Loncarevic, who joined forces with England’s Jasmin Wong topped their group. Likewise Chinese Tapei’s Tsai Yun-En and Huang Yu-Jie, the no.3 seeds, secured first position as did Hungary’s Csegne Adamik and Dorottya Tolgyes, the no.4 seeds.
However, they were not the players to attract the attention.
No current world ranking, the lowest listed in their group, against the odds the India ‘A’ team combination of Lakshita Narang and Anargya Manjunath duly remained unbeaten to secure first place in a competition where only top spot secured a main draw berth.
The crucial contest was their first of the day against Poland, the no.7 seeds, a three-one win being recorded. Mainstay of the victory was Anargya Manjunath; she beat both Ilona Stwiertinia (11-8, 12-10, 11-4) and Anna Brzyska (11-6, 11-7, 11-6) to pave the way for victory. Support came from Lakshita Narang, who in the opening match of the contest, accounted for Lakshita Narang to give India the ideal start; the one win for the Polish duo was secured in the doubles (6-11, 11-8, 11-5, 9-11, 11-4).
A most impressive start to the day, Lakshita Narang and Anargya Manjunath maintained their good form by beating the Bosnia-Herzegovina combination of Dora Cosic, Harisa Mesetovic and Szana Biogradlic by three matches to one, before securing a three-nil success against the Czech Republic ‘B’ team duo formed by Barbora Brezinova and Tereza Bartova.
The Cadet Girls’ Team event will be played to a conclusion on Saturday 15th September.