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Man in form, Preyesh Suresh Raj

Wednesday 22 September

Preyesh Suresh Raj was very much the name to note at the 2021 WTT Youth Star Contender Lisbon tournament on Tuesday 21st September.

Preyesh Suresh Raj, most impressive in Lisbon

Most impressively, he booked his place in the main draw of the under 15 boys’ singles and partnering Payas Jain advanced the under 19 boys’ doubles semi-final round.

The leading name in his initial stage group, the fifth highest rated player on duty, he topped his group in style.

He accounted for the Czech Republic’s Jindrich Moravek (11-4, 8-11, 11-9, 11-9) and Hungary’s Balazs Lei (11-9, 11-4, 11-5), prior securing top spot by defeating Portugal’s Hugo Pereira (11-7, 11-6, 11-6).

In the opening round he meets Germany’s Lleyton Ullmann, the no.4 seed.

Comprehensive wins, in the under 19 boys’ doubles, life was somewhat different; full distance five games encounters were the outcome on both visits to the table.

Victory by the very narrowest of decisions was the verdict against the combination of Argentina’s Matias Guadalupe and Frenchman, Thibault Poret (11-6, 9-11, 7-11, 11-4, 12-10), before a two games to nil recovery was required in opposition to Croatia’s Ivor Ban and Borna Petek (18-20, 10-12, 11-9, 11-5, 11-7).

Norway’s Borgar Haug and Belgium’s Nicolas Degros now await in the penultimate round.

Success for Preyesh Suresh Raj but it was disappointment for Payas Jain; third place was his under 19 boys’ singles group stage lot. Thus there was no main draw reservation; that privilege being afforded only the players finishing in the top two positions.

He beat Puerto Rico’s Angel Naranjo, the recently crowned Pan American under 19 boys’ singles champion (11-6, 7-11, 11-9, 9-11, 11-9) but experienced defeats at the hands of Iran’s Navid Shams (11-5, 9-11, 11-3, 11-5) and Portugal’s Arnau Pons (8-11, 11-9, 7-11, 11-7, 11-9).

Play in Lisbon concludes on Wednesday 22nd September.

Editor: Ian Marshall

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