Boys' and girls' Finals -2017 India Junior & Cadet Open
2017 India Junior & Cadet Open
Wednesday 1st November
Three titles full house for Manav Vikash Thakkar
Winner earlier in the year in Slovenia, the host nation’s Manav Vikash Thakkar won the Junior Boys’ Singles title at the 2017 India Junior and Cadet Open on Wednesday 1st November.
The leader on the ITTF World Junior Circuit Standings prior to play commencing in Greater Noida, the 17 year old was a young man with a mission.
Successful earlier in the proceedings when partnering Manush Utpalbhai Shah and Jeet Chandra to Junior Boys’ Team success; Manav Vikash Thakkar added two further titles to his credit on the concluding day of action. Thus in every event for which he was eligible, the top prize was secured.
He won the Junior Boys’ Doubles event in partnership with the left handed Manush Utpalbhai Shah, the pair beating colleagues Raegan Alburquerque and Shubh Goel in the final (11-6, 11-6, 11-8) prior to donning the Junior Boys’ Singles crown.
''It was much easier than anticipated. The left and right combination was too much for our rivals. Raegan played really well but he and Shubh lacked co-ordination.'' Manav Vikash Thakkar
Favourite for gold, the top seed, at the final hurdle of the Junior Boys’ Singles event he accounted Singapore’s Pang Yew En Koen, the no.7 seed (11-8, 11-7, 8-11, 11-6, 11-6) having earlier in the day accounted for colleagues Soham Bhattachary (11-3, 11-1, 11-4, 11-8) and Manush Utpalbhai Shah, the no.5 seed (11-9, 11-5, 11-5, 11-4) in the quarter and semi-final rounds respectively.
"I was confident from the very beginning in the final. He is an attacking player by nature and the only way to overcome his tactics was to return to his backhand. He is a very good forehand player and my ploy of pushing him away from the table paid off." Manav Vikash Thakkar
In the opposite half of the draw, in the latter stage Pang Yew En Koen had beaten India’s Snehit Suravajjula, the no.3 seed and winner earlier in the year in Jordan (13-15, 11-7, 12-10, 9-11, 17-15, 11-6) prior to securing his place in the final courtesy of success in opposition to Thailand’ Yanapong Panagitgun, the no.2 seed (11-6, 10-12, 11-7, 11-8, 11-5).
Defeat for Pang Yew En Koen but there was success, on what was a busy day for the 15 year old, he won the Cadet Boys’ Singles event beating the host nation’s Lalremnuata Alberto at the final hurdle (8-11, 11-3, 11-4, 11-6).
"I lost the first game against Alberto. He is also an attacking player but I slowed down and used my topspin play to outwit him. The change in my game helped me win gold". Pang Yew En Koen
The second step of the podium for India in the Cadet Boys’ Singles event, in the Hopes Boys’ Singles competition it was the top two steps. An all host nation final witnessed success for Preyesh Suresh Raj in opposition to Divyanish Srivastava (12-10, 8-11, 8-11, 11-6, 11-9).
"I was down against Divyansh but I was confident I could come back. He played well, in the decider, I targeted his backhand and attacked strongly.” Preyesh Suresh Raj
Success, no doubt Preyesh Suresh Raj is a name to note for the future.
Maki Shiomi emerges victorious, fourth time this year
The outright leader on the ITTF World Junior Circuit Standings having won earlier this year in the Czech Republic, Sweden and Spain, Japan’s Maki Shiomi cemented the top place by winning the Junior Girls’ Singles title at the 2017 India Junior and Cadet Open in Greater Noida on Wednesday 1st November.
Occupying the top seeded position, the 17 year old justified her status.
At the final hurdle she overcame Korea’s Yoo Siwoo (11-8, 11-2, 11-8, 3-11, 12-10), having in the penultimate round accounted for the host nation’s Surbhi Patwari (11-7, 11-7, 11-5, 11-6).
''In the final I had a comfortable lead but in I was becoming anxious in the fifth game as Yoo Siwoo kept playing the ball wide. I took a “Time Out” at 11-10; that helped, served with a lot of spin and Yoo put the ball out.” Maki Shiomi
Both Yoo Siwoo and Surbhi Patwari were surprise packages, neither is the owner of a current world ranking, thus neither occupied a seeded place in the competition. Notably earlier on the concluding day of action, at the semi-final stage Surbhi Patwari had beaten colleague Yashini Sivasankar, the no.4 seed and winner earlier in the year in Jordan. Impressively Surbhi Patwari had prevailed in five games (11-8, 8-11, 11-9, 11-5, 11-6).
Runners up spot for Korea, in both the Junior Girls’ Doubles and Cadet Girls’ Doubles events it was gold with the name of Lee Dagyeong very much to the fore.
She partnered colleague Lee Seungmi to Junior Girls’ Doubles success, the pair beating the host nation’s Manushree Patil and Prapti Sen in the final (11-7, 11-6, 11-7) whilst in the Cadet Girls’ Singles final, she overcame the host nation’s Vanishka Bhargava (11-6, 11-9, 11-7).
'I was a bit nervous in the second when I couldn't keep the ball on the table. My opponent took advantage of it. However, I was confident of winning the gold and played well in the third game. We were playing together for the first time and I was happy we combined well against the Indians; the plan was for Lee to play consistently and I would take care of attacking. Our plan worked well.'' Lee Dagyeong
Silver for India, in the Hopes Girls’ Singles event it was both gold and silver; at the final hurdle Suhana Saini overcame Kvya Baskar (11-4, 11-3, 11-4).