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Differing fortunes for Suhana Saini

Tuesday 21 September

Successful in Tunis, four days earlier when she had won the under 15 girls’ singles title; on Sunday 19th September at the WTT Youth Star Contender Lisbon tournament it was very much differing fortunes for India’s Suhana Saini.

A first round success was followed by second round disappointment.

In the under 19 girls’ singles’ event, she caused a major upset in the opening round.

She beat Russia’s Vlada Voronina, the top seed (11-5, 8-11, 11-7, 11-7), before in the next round, the quarter-finals, losing to Darya Kisel of Belarus (11-9, 11-8, 11-6).

Alas for Darya Kisel the euphoria was short lived. At the semi-final stage, she lost to Camille Lutz of France (11-6, 11-6, 11-9) who, in the final, was beaten by Russia’s Elizabeta Abraamian (12-10, 11-7, 12-10).

Similarly, in the under 15 girls’ singles, Suhana Saini enjoyed an opening round win.

The no.5 seed, she ousted Poland’s Dominika Wiltschkova (11-9, 11-6, 11-7), prior to losing to Clea de Stoppeleire of France in a closely contested five games engagement (11-6, 8-11, 10-12, 11-4, 11-8).


Disappointment for Suhana Saini

However, the adventures of Clea de Stoppeleire ended in the next round. At the semi-final stage she was beaten by Russia’s Zlata Terekhova (9-11, 13-15, 11-6, 11-9, 11-7) who, in turn, experienced defeat at the hands of Egypt’s 13 year old Hana Goda (11-2, 11-4, 11-4).

Next on the agenda are the boys’ events, India is represented by Payas Jain and Preyesh Suresh Raj, both successful at the recent WTT Contender Tunis tournament. Payas Jain won the under 17 boys’ singles, Preyesh Suresh Raj, the under 15 boys’ singles.

In Lisbon, Payas Jain is the no.11 seed in the under 19 boys’ singles event. Belgium’s Adrien Rassenfosse heads the order. In the under 15 boys’ singles, Preyesh Suresh Raj is the no.2 seed behind Spain’s Daniel Berzosa.

Play in Lisbon concludes on Wednesday 22nd September.

Editor: Ian Marshall

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