Indian boys beat South Korea to enter the junior TT Asian final
Ulaanbaatar (Mongolia), September 3 () The Indian boys entered the final of the 22nd Asian Junior and Cadet Table Tennis Championships, beating South Korea 3-2 to secure at least one silver medal here 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 Kore 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.
Although Manush Shah, the junior number 1 player in India and the number 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 simple seconds meekly to the Korean Kim Woojin 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 using both flanks to score a crucial win 14-12, 11-9, 7-11, 11- 3. However, Manush Shah could not do much against Korea's number 1 player in the fourth game, as Kim decimated left-handed 11-6, 11-5, 12-10 to level the score and give himself a fair chance. But Raegan had other ideas when he opened with authority against Park and accelerated Korea's exit, despite losing the second game with a score of 11-7, 7-11, 11-8, 11-6. BS BS