Winner earlier in the month in Tunis, for Swastika Ghosh it was top spot in her under 19 girls’ singles group at the WTT Youth Contender Belgrade tournament on Tuesday 28th September.
Swastika Ghosh safely through to the main draw
However, the Indian player to shine was Anargya Manjunath; she finished in second place in her group behind Hungary’s Helga Dari but ahead of Serbia’s Tamara Turkonje.
A place in the main draw but that did not compare with her efforts in the under 17 girls’ singles competition.
Quite simply, she emerged the winner!
First place in her group secured, finishing ahead of Portugal’s Mariana Santa Comba and Serbia’s Minja Vladimirov; in the main draw she went from strength to strength.
She beat Serbia’s Katarina Gvozdenovic (8-11, 12-10, 11-7, 11-9) and colleague Karruna Gajendran (11-4, 11-1, 7-11, 11-5), prior to ousting Sweden’s Nomi Bassan (11-4, 11-7, 12-10) to reach the final.
Good form en route to the final; in the gold medal contest the good form continued; she accounted for Hungary’s Dorottya Tolgyes (7-11, 11-5, 11-7, 12-10).
Outstanding success for Anargya Manjuanth and hopes alive in the under 19 girls’ singles; in that event it is very much the same for her compatriot, Karruna Gajendran.
Responding to the challenge, she ended the day in runners up spot in her group behind Sweden’s Nomin Baasan but ahead of Norway’s Martine Toftaker. Thus, a main draw place was reserved.
Play in the girls’ events in Belgrade concludes on Wednesday 29th September.
Editor: Ian Marshall