03 Apr 2019

Two reasons to celebrate were possible for India’s Diya Parag Chitale on the second day of play, Tuesday 2nd April, at the 2019 Ghana Junior and Cadet Open in Accra; one was a certainty, the other a distinct possibility.

Both were realized; on her 16th birthday she won the junior girls’ team title in partnership with Nandeshwaree Jalim of Mauritius.

by Ian Marshall, Editor

Proceedings organized on a group all-play-basis the crucial contest was in opposition to Nigeria; an imposing 3-0 win was the end result.

Nandeshwaree Jalim gave her team the perfect start by beating Vivia Oku (11-4, 7-11, 11-6, 11-6) before Diya Parag Chitale overcame Rofiat Jimah (11-8, 11-1, 11-5) to put the champions elect in a commanding position. Matters concluded with a doubles success against Vivian Oku and Iyanu Oluwa Falana to seal the title (11-3, 11-8, 11-5). It was for the Nigerians their only defeat; they finished in second position ahead of Ghana’s Augustina Baidoo and Matilda Fodu.

Success for Diya Parag Chitale, there was also success for her colleague Ananya Chande; she partnered England’s Ruby Chan to gold in the cadet girls’ team event.

After recording a 3-0 penultimate round win against Congo Democratic’s Lily Dinanga and Julie Kayembe; they secured the title at the final expense of Nigeria’s Sukurat Aiyelbegan and Sadiat Alimat Akeem, the 3-1 victory margin being the result.

Sukurat Aiyelbegan gave Nigerians the ideal start by beating Ananya Chande (11-7, 11-7, 7-11, 11-7) but that was to be the sum total of her team’s success. Ruby Chan accounted for both Sadiat Alimat Akeem (11-7, 10-12, 13-15, 11-6, 11-4) and Sukurat Aiyelbegan (13-11, 11-5, 11-9), whilst sandwiched in between joining forces with Ananya Chande to secure the doubles (9-11, 11-7, 11-6, 11-8).

Earlier at the semi-final stage, Sukurat Aiyelbegan and Sadiat Alimat Akeem had recorded a 3-0 win in opposition to Ghana’s Judith Acheampong and Diana Ekua Opoku.

The junior girls’ team and cadet girls’ team events concluded, attention now turns to the individual competitions.

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