India beat South Korea to enter the Asian final Cadet TT, qualify for the Junior World Championship
ULAANBAATAR (Mongolia): Indian boys entered the final of the 22nd Asian Junior and Cadet Tennis table Championships, beating South Korea 3-2 to secure at least one silver medal on Tuesday.
The result also helped the team to qualify directly for the World Youth Championship to be held in Thailand in November. China eliminated Taipei 3-0 and will face India in the final.
The top three teams in the continental event here qualify for the World Cup, but without a tiebreaker in third place, the fate of the third team will be decided on the performance of individual Tapei and Korea players, bronze medalists and other teams, including Japan
In the individual events, which start from Thursday, Japanese players have a good chance to qualify as the third team for the World Cup.
This was the second consecutive final for the young boys of India, who are seeded No. 2 behind China, and it was achieved when Anukram Jain, playing the third singles in the semifinals, did what Harmeet Desai had done in the World Championship to put India in the Championships Division and again in the Commonwealth Championships in July in Cuttack to help Indian men win gold.
Even though Manush shah , The junior player No. 1 of India and No. 7 in the world, gave a winning start by defeating Park Gyuhyeon 5-11, 11-6, 15-13, 11-1 in the first game, the second best Raegan Albuquerque lost the second single domesticated Kim Woojin of Korea 6-11, 5-11, 10-12. It was then Jain who proved to be the game change against Lee Gihun.
It was a very risky first game for the Indian since after wasting two points of the game he won it 14-12. This gave the ungainly player Rajasthan a clear advantage in the second, as he managed to achieve it in the second to go 2-0 up. However, the Korean returned very well in the third to throw one back and the Indian, without wasting time, attacked in the next one using both flanks to score a crucial triumph 14-12, 11-9, 7-11, 11 -3.
Yet, Manush shah could not do much against the Korea's No. 1 player in the fourth game as Kim decimated the left-hander 11-6, 11-5, 12-10 to level the score and give themselves a fair chance. But Raegan had other ideas as he opened with authority against Park and hastened Korea's exit, despite losing the second game with 11-7, 7-11, 11-8, 11-6 score.