Seventh-seeded Payas Jain stormed into the Cadet Boys singles final of the 25th Asian Junior and Cadet Championships when he ousted South Korean Lin Yunoh 4-3 (15-13, 11-9, 9-11, 3-11, 11-9, 11-6) at Ulaanbaatar today.
In the process, he also booked a place in the Asian squad that will compete in the World Cadet Challenge, to be held at Wladyslawowo in Poland this October.
This will be the second medal for the Indians at the championships after the Junior Boys had clinched a silver medal. Jain will take on top-seed and world No. 1 Yuanyu Chen in the final tomorrow.
Jain dominated the first two games. However, the Korean, who had accounted for No. 2 seed Japanese, Sora Matsushima, in the round of 16 earlier in the day, put up a good fight to level the score, taking the next two games.
The Indian regrouped himself in the crucial fifth and, attacking well, went 3-2 up and from there he never let the guard down as he continued in his fast-paced game to subdue the Korean and wrap up the last one rather easily. An error-prone and shaky Korean was forced into playing a rank bad seventh game allowing the top-ranked Indian in the world at No. 13 to romp home.
In the pre-quarter-finals, Jain had accounted for another South Korean and world No. 27 Gil Minseok (3-2) after losing the first two games.In the quarter-finals, he upset third-seeded Yong Izaac Quek of Singapore 9-11, 11-6, 8-11, 11-6, 14-12.
Earlier, Aadarsh Om Chetri defeated former World No. 1 Yiu Kwan To of Hong Kong, in the pre-quarterfinals, but failed to go beyond the quarters, going down to top-seed Chinese Yuanyu Chen 3-11, 11-9, 8-11, 6-11, while the third Indian, Vishwa Deenadayalan, lost in the pre-quarters to Seongil Jang 11-8, 6-11, 4-11, 4-11.
The Delhi boy, who had lost in a meeting with the Singaporean last year, avenged his loss when he went into a full attacking mode, despite losing the opening game. When he lost the third game to concede lead, it looked as if the No. 3 seed had overcome his blues against the Indian.
However, Jain upped the ante at the right time after levelling the score to sew it up in the decider and in his third match-point!
In Junior Boys singles, Manush Shah defeated Singapore’s Kun Ting Beh 11-9, 11-5, 11-9, 10-12, 7-11, 5-11, 11-8 in a tough match to enter the quarter-finals where he will take on Japan’s Hiroto Shinozuka.
The left-handed Indian, who was leading comfortably 3-0, squandered his advantage as the Singaporean made a fine comeback to level the score. In the decider, however, Manush pulled it back to weather the storm.
In Junior Girls singles, Anusha Kutambale entered the main draw only to exit in the round of 16 when she went down to Kyoka Idesawa of Japan 4-11, 9-11, 4-11, 9-11.
In Cadet Girls singles, Yashaswini Ghorpade entered the quarter-finals after beating Shiu Lam Che Chan from Hong Kong 12-10, 11-8, 11-13, 9-11, 16-14 in what was a tough outing for both. The Indian emerged victorious in the decider on her fourth match-point. However, Anargaya Manjunath lost her pre-quarter-finals to Thailand’s Wanwis Aueawiriyayothin, after taking the first game comfortably. The Thai won 8-11, 11-6, 1-6, 11-7.
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