India settled for a silver medal at the Asian Junior and Cadet Championships after losing the final 0-3 to top seed China at Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia on Wednesday but the second-place helped them qualify for the World Junior Championships.
China were too much for India Junior Table tennis team as Raegan Alburquerque, Manush Utpalbhai Shah and Anukram Jain lost their matches to Chinese paddlers.
In opening game Raegen lost by 7-11, 8-11, 9-11 to Xu Yingbin. In second game Manush give a fight to world no 6 Xiang Peng as he take second set from Chinese. In the end Peng beat the Indian left-hander by 7-11, 12-10, 5-11, 9-11. In fourth set also Indian no 1 Manush was going good but in end he lost 2 crucial point to end up in losing end.
In the third singles, Anukram Jain failed to match the guile and speed of Liu Yebo, who simply worn him down 11-6, 11-4, 11-5 to complete the task.
Earlier in Semi final India Junior Table tennis team beat South Korea 3-2 to ensure a silver medal for the team and also directly qualify for the World Junior Championships, to be held at Korat (Thailand) in November this year.
Top three teams at the continental event here qualify for the Worlds but with no third-place playoff, the third team’s fate will be decided on the individual players’ performance from Tapei and Korea—the bronze medallists—and other teams, including Japan. In the individual events, which begin from Thursday, Japanese players stand a good chance to qualify as the third squad for the Worlds.
Earlier, the Junior Girls bowed out in the quarterfinals losing 0-3 to Japan, while in the Cadet section, both our boys and girls teams failed to enter the main draw.
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