Indian paddlers shine at Croatia Open

Varazdin (Croatia), Sep 17: Indias young paddlers Payas Jain and Vishwa Deenadayalan paired up to clinch the bronze medal in the cadet boys team category in the Croatia Junior and Cadet Open table tennis tournament here.

Representing India 1, Payas and Vishwa found themselves in Group 5 along with Croatia 2, Czech Republic-Egypt and Chile-Mexico. They put up a good show and cruised to the top of the standings with identical 3-0 wins against each of them.

In the quarter-finals against Hungary 1, they didnt have the best of starts though — Vishwa lost his singles clash 0-3 to Mate Ocsai. However, Payas Jain restored parity with a 3-0 win over Erik Huzsvar.

The Indian pair breezed to a 3-0 win in the doubles clash too to take a slender lead. But, Payas couldnt seal the tie as he lost to Mate Oscai 2-3 in a close-fought encounter. With a spot in the semi-finals on the line, Vishwa showed nerves of steel to defeat Eriz Huzsvar 3-2 in a nail-biting finish.

In the semi-finals, the Indian team was up against the formidable Chinese team. Even though they fought tooth and nail, they couldnt down the Chinese pair, losing 0-3 to settle for a bronze medal.

In other events, the Indian paddlers couldnt make their way beyond the quarter-final mark as Payas Jain (cadet boys), Reagan Alburquerque and Manush Shah (junior boys doubles), Diya Chitale and Swastika Ghosh (junior girls doubles) and Vishwa and Payas (junior boys doubles) lost out to their respective opponents.

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