China shock for India

Top seeds India A suffered an upset defeat at the hands of third seeds China 0-3 in a Group I Junior Girls tie in the USD 8000 Reliance India Junior and Cadet Open table tennis championships.

Little known Chinese girls Yanmei Yang and Li Anqi were the underdogs but they ignored the reputation of the host players to snatch a sensational win.

Yang overcame world No 60 Suthirtha Mukherjee 3-1 in the opening singles, while Anqi rallied from 1-2 down to prevail over world No 30 Manika Batra in a 3-2 thriller. Yang and Anqi later combined to win the doubles 3-0 to complete the rout. India A made amends later to keep their hopes of qualifying for the semifinals alive when they beat India C 3-0.

Meanwhile, India B junior girls qualified for the semifinals from Group II, following victories over India D and India-China. Joining the girls in the last four were India A and B junior boys. In the cadet boys category, India A registered wins over United Arab Emirates and India C, while India’s A and B squads posted wins in the cadet girls section.

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