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India slip to eighth place in the World Juniors

India lost to Hong Kong to settle for eighth place in the World Juniors.

Harshit Jawanda lost to Ka Wing Ho in the decider against Hong Kong [Picture Courtesy: WSF World Juniors]

India settled for eighth place after a 1-2 loss to the higher ranked Hong Kong in the placing’s match on Tuesday. 

Nikita Joshi had held a brief hope of India retaining the seventh place they had finished on last occasion when she squared the tie-score 1-1 after Adya Advani lost her first match, despite showing lot of fight. But Nikita’s classy show did not pay dividends because Harshit Jawanda could not match up to her superior opponent despite grabbing a game.

India missed a golden chance of a win over New Zealand on Monday.  A win there would have ensured India a fifth or sixth place. India went on to lose the match despite being two match balls up. 

It was 1-1 against New Zealand after Harshit Jawanda won a great match and Adya Advani faltered. Everything then hinged on Akanksha Salunkhe and the Goa girl nearly pulled it off.  Akanksha was leading 2-0 and 10-7 in the deciding game of the match when cramps struck her legs. The Indian in severe pain was barely able to move, but clung on bravely only to see her opponent Juee Bhide save three match points to win the game. She won the next two games with ease to give New Zealand a 2-1 victory.

The results:

(7-8) India lost to Hong kong 1-2 (Adya Advani lost to Choi Uen Shan 10-12, 11-9, 3-11, 10-12; Nikita Joshi beat Hiu Kam Hui 13-11, 11-7, 11-8; Harshit Jawanda lost to Ka Wing Ho 8-11, 11-7, 6-11, 7-11)

 (5-8) India lost to New Zealand 1-2 (Adya Advani lost to Elanor Epke 10-12, 4-11, 3-11;  Harshit Jawanda  beat  Abbie Palmer 11-9, 11-4, 6-11, 11-13,11-6; Akanksha Salunkhe lost to  Juee Bhide 11-8, 11-8, 10-12, 0-11, 3-11)

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