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Pitiyage Silva, surprise semi-finalist

Sunday 10 October

India Payas Jain and Khalid Alshareif, alongside Kazakhstan’s Alan Kurmangaliyev duly progressed to the semi-final stage of the under 17 boys’ singles event at the WTT Youth Contender tournament in Muscat on Sunday 10th October, the opening day of action.

Khalid Alshareif safely through the under 17 boys' singles semi-finals

Progress as expected, Payas Jain and Khalid Alshareif occupied the respective top two seeded positions, Alan Kurmangaliyev was the no.4 seed.

However, there was one surprise name amongst the last four, that of Sri Lanka’s Pitiyage Silva.

First place in his initial phase group; he accounted for Saudi Arabia’s Abdullah Alzahrani (11-2, 11-7, 11-8) and Qatar’s Abdullah Abdulwahhab, the no.6 seed (11-9, 15-13, 11-8), prior to ousting Iran’s Mohammad Amin Samadi (9-11, 12-10, 11-9, 6-11, 11-9) to reserve his penultimate round place.

Progress against the odds; for Alan Kurmangaliyev such progress looked bleak after the initial stage.

He finished in second position in his group, losing to Mohammad Amin Samadi (11-4, 11-8, 14-12).

Runners up spot reserved a main draw place. Impressively, he beat Lebanon’s Mohammad Bayrouti (11-4, 11-6, 11-6), India’s Preyesh Suresh Raj, the no.3 seed and Iran’s Samran Karimi (5-11, 11-9, 11-8, 11-8) to secure his semi-final place.

Less dramatically, safely though to the quarter-finals without any hiccups, Payas Jain ousted colleague Ankur Bhattacharjee, the no.8 seed (12-10, 11-9, 11-7, 11-6) to claim his semi-final place. Similarly, at the same stage, Khalid Alshareif ended the progress of Yemen’s Ebrahim Abdulhakim Gubran, the no.7 seed (10-12, 11-9, 11-5, 7-11, 11-4).

Payas Jain now meets Pitiyage Silva, Khalid Alshareif confronts Alan Kurmangaliyev.

One surprise name in the under 17 boys’ singles semi-finals, in the counterpart under 13 event, progress was as anticipated, the top four names all keeping title hopes alive.

Notably Qatari names are very much to the fore. Ahmed Korani, the top seed, meets Sultan Al-Kuwari, the no.3 seed; in the opposite half of the draw Rawad Alnaser confronts Saudi Arabia’s Ali Altaher, the no.4 seed.

Play in the under 17 and under 13 boys’ singles events concludes on Monday 11th October, the day on which the under 19, under 15 and under 11 events commences.

Editor: Ian Marshall

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