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24 Oct 2019

Consistent progress in recent years on the international scene, on the opening day of play, Thursday 24th October, at the 2019 Oman Junior and Cadet Open in Muscat, India emerged the nation to upset the order of play.

Players with no current world ranking, in the initial stage of the junior boys’ team event, Shreyaans Goel and Himnalulhpuingheta Jeho emerged the pair the cause a major surprise; in the cadet boys’ team competition the honour belonged to Sarth Mishra and Preyesh Suresh Raj.

by Ian Marshall, Editor

Sarth Mishra and Preyesh Suresh Raj concluded their group stage fixtures unbeaten, recording 3-0 wins in every fixture to secure first place in their group, notably beating the no.3 seeds, Saudi Arabia’s Khalid Alshareif and Salem Alsuwailem in their opening contest of the day.

Somewhat differently, Shreyaans Goel and Himnalulhpuingheta Jeho have one more fixture to complete in their group phase contests but the are very much on course to top spot. In their opening contest, likewise they accounted for the no.3 seeds, they beat the combination formed by Frenchman Thibault Bailliet and Russia’s Roman Vinogradov.

Close contest

However, it was a much closer contest that experienced by their younger colleagues; a 3-2 victory margin was the outcome with Shreyaans Goel the star performer, he accounted for Thibault Bailliet in the opening match of the fixture (11-9, 11-7, 4-11, 14-12) and Roman Vinogradov (9-11, 13-11, 11-2, 11-8) in the fifth and deciding encounter of the engagement.

Success in their opening contest in their second, for Shreyaans Goel and Himnalulhpuingheta Jeho, life was less exacting, a 3-0 win was posted in opposition to Jordan’s Laith Abu-Yaman and Raed Aldmaisy.

Shreyaans Goel and Himnalulhpuingheta Jeho now meet Oman’s Mashal Al-Shahi and Mohammed Al-Balushi in their concluding duel. On the opening day of play, Mashal Al-Shahi and Mohammed Al-Balushi experienced a 3-0 loss at the hands of Laith Abu-Yaman and Raed Aldmaisy, followed by the same margin of defeat when facing Thibault Bailliet and Roman Vinogradov.

Success as anticipated

Surprise outcomes; otherwise it was success as expected.

In the junior boys’ team event, the top seeds, Chinese Taipei’s Tai Ming-Wei, Huang Ju-Jen and Yang Zhi-King ended the day unbeaten as did the second seeds, the Iranian combination of Amin Ahmadian, Mohammadjavad Sohrabi and Mohammed Mousavi Taher.

Likewise, in the cadet boys’ team event, the Chinese Taipei top seeded pairing of Chang Yu-An and Chen-Ting recorded a 3-0 win against Oman’s Al-Mondhir Al-Ghassani and Ahmed Al-Riyami in their one and only fixture of the day. Meanwhile the no.2 seeds, Russia’s Sergey Ryzhov and Alexey Perfilyev completed their group phase engagements without defeat.

Same for the girls

Success for the highest rated outfits; in the junior girls’ team event, organised on a group all-play-all basis, it was the same scenario.

Top seeds, Chinese Taipei’s Cai Fong-En, Lee Wan-Hsuan and Hsiu Yi-Chen ended the day unbeaten, as did India’s Anargya Manjunath and Swastika Ghosh, the no.2 seeds.

A fruitful day for Chinese Taipei and India, it was the same in the cadet girls’ team event where the initial phase of play involved three groups. Flying the flag for Chinese Taipei, Cheng Pu-Syuan and Liang Yuan-Ting, the top seeds, ended the day unbeaten as did India’s Suhana Saini and Taneesha Kotecha alongside colleagues Kavya Sree Baskar and Nilishma Sarkar.

All team events conclude on Friday 25th October.

World Junior Circuit Preyesh Suresh Raj Shreyaans Goel Sarth Mishra Himnalulhpuingheta Jeho

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