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Preyesh Suresh Raj and Vishruth Ramakrishnan add to Indian collection

Tuesday 21 September

Adding to Indian success at the 2021 WTT Youth Contender Tunis tournament, on the concluding day of play, Sunday 19th September, there was gold for Preyesh Suresh Raj and Vishruth Ramakrishnan.

Preyesh Suresh Raj, the under 15 boys' singles winner

They added the successes gain in the girls’ singles events by Swastika Ghosh, Yashwini Deepak Ghorpadeb and Suhana Saini alongside Hansini Mathan Rajan and Dhaani Jain.

Similarly, the previous day, Payas Jain had won the under 17 boys’ singles title; he added to his medal tally in the under 19 boys’ competition but had to settle for silver, a situation that applied also to colleague Deepit Patil.

Preyesh Suresh Raj, the under 17 boys' singles winner

At the semi-final stage both lost to Belgian adversaries; Deepit Patil was beaten by Adrien Rassenfosse (11-3, 11-4, 11-7), Payas Jain was beaten by Louis Laffineur (9-11, 12-10, 11-4, 11-8). Adrien Rassenfosse secured the title, a full distance five games win being the outcome (11-8, 11-13, 11-8, 11-13, 11-6).

An all Belgian final, in the under 15 boys’ singles, it was an all Indian final; Preyesh Suresh Raj, the top seed, overcame Ankur Bhattacharjee (11-8, 15-13, 11-13, 11-9) to secure the title.

Earlier in the day, Preyesh Suresh Raj had accounted for Qatar’s Rawad Alnaser (11-5, 11-5, 11-9) and Yemen’s Ebrahim Abulhakim (11-8, 11-4, 8-11, 11-7); Ankur Bhattacharjee had beaten Tunisia’s Chadi Hsayri (11-6, 11-4, 11-8), followed by success in opposition to Belgium’s Tom Closset, the no.2 seed (12-14, 11-4, 11-6, 7-11, 11-6).

Gold for Preyesh Suresh Raj, it was the same colour in the under 11 boys’ singles for Vishruth Ramakrishnan.

In the later rounds he accounted for Lebanon’s Michel Abi Nader (11-9, 11-4, 11-6) and Nigeria’s Musa Mustapha (8-11, 11-8, 7-11, 11-7, 11-9), prior to securing the title at the expense of Tunisia’s Amir Essid (11-4, 11-3, 11-7).

Most certainly a notable performance from Vishruth Ramakrishnan, Amir Essid had impressed en route to the final; at the quarter-final stage he beat Qatar’s Abdulaziz Al Abdullah (11-8, 11-7, 11-6), prior to ending the hopes of Belgium’s Matt Than Closset (9-11, 11-9, 11-9, 11-9).

Editor: Ian Marshall

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