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Payas Jain adds to Otocec success in Tunis

Monday 20 September

Gold medallist in the Slovenia city of Otocec just under two weeks earlier, when he won the under 17 boys’ singles title; on Saturday 18th September at the 2021 WTT Contender Tunis tournament, India’s Payas Jain repeated the success.

Payas Jain, the under 17 boys' singles winner

Competing in the same event, after accounting for colleague Preyesh Suresh Raj (16-14, 11-8, 11-8), he overcame Belgium’s Tom Closset (7-11, 11-4, 11-4, 15-13) to seal the title.

In the counterpart semi-final, Tom Closset had ended the progress of Ankur Bhattacharjee, also from India, a contest determined by the very narrowest of margins (11-8, 8-11, 17-15, 9-11, 11-9).

Success for Payas Jain, there was also success for Qatar’s Rawad Alnaser; he emerged the under 13 boys’ singles winner.

At the semi-final stage he beat compatriot Atherva Gupta (11-5, 11-7, 15-13), prior to sealing the top prize at the expense of Egypt’s Wassim Essid (12-10, 11-9, 11-8). In the adjacent half of the draw, Wassim Essid had overcome Ahmed Korami, like Rawad Alnaser from Qatar (11-8, 8-11, 11-8, 12-10).

Success for Payas Jain, earlier in the day, there had been more success for the young man who will celebrate his 17th birthday on Sunday 26th September.

Competing in the under 19 boys’ singles event, the no.3 seed, he finished in first place in his group, a feat also achieved by colleague Deepit Patel, the no.4 seed and Yashansh Malik, the no.8 seed. Notably Yashansh Malik beat Tunisia’s Youssef Ben Attia, the no.7 seed (11-8, 11-8, 11-7) on his route to pole position.

Likewise, it was group first place for Iran’s Navid Shams; for India’s Varun Shanket Bausuri and Qatar’s Abdullah Abdulwahhab it was second spot and thus progress to the main draw, a situation that applied also to Uzbekistan’s Nikita Panov.

Meanwhile, in the under 15 boys’ singles, Preyesh Suresh Raj, the top seed, reserved first position in his group, as did Yemen’s Ebrahim Abdulhakim Gubran and India’s Abhinandh Pradhivadhi Bhayankaram, alongside Qatar’s Khalid Alyafei and Sultan Al-Kuwari.

Runners up spots were claimed by India’s Shankhadip Das and Arkur Bjattacharjee alongside Qatar’s Raward Alnaser.

Raward Alnaser, the under 13 boys' singles champion

India and Qatar prominent, it was the same in the group stage of the under 11 boys’ singles.

Vishruth Ramakrishnan flew the flag for India securing first position in his group, for Qatar’s Mohammed Al-Saluati and Abdulaziz Al Abdullah it was second spot.

Play in Tunis concludes on Sunday 19th September.

Editor: Ian Marshall

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