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ITTF Czech Junior & Cadet Open: Indian contingent returns with 1 silver and 3 bronze medals from team events

Gaurav Kadam
359   //    18 Feb 2018, 15:30 IST

Manav Vikash Thakkar
Manav Vikash Thakkar lost out in both of his matches against Japan

What's the story?

The International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF)'s 2018 Czech Junior & Cadet Open concluded yesterday with Indian paddlers winning four medals - 1 Silver and 3 Bronze - from the team events.

In case you didn't know...

The 2018 Czech Junior & Cadet Open was held from 14 February to 18 February in Hodonin, Czech Republic as a part of the ITTF Junior & Cadet circuit. The Open saw events in both Boys and Girls categories in the Junior and Cadet levels, including singles, doubles and team events.

The heart of the matter

Indian players returned triumphant from the ITTF 2018 Czech Junior & Cadet Open held in Hodonin, the Czech Republic with a tally of four medals that include one silver and three bronze medals.

Indian Cadet Girls won the silver medal as they lost out to China in the final with a 3-0 scoreline as the team of Munmum Kundu and Diya Parag Chitale fell short against the Chinese team of Chen Yi, Yang Yiyun and Xiaoyu Zhang.

The Indian Cadet Boys lost in the semifinals against France in a 3-1 scoreline as Payas Jain managed to win one match but the French team recovered from 1-1 to close out the match at 3-1 with two consecutive wins. The young side, which bagged the bronze, consisted of Deepit Patil, Payas Jain and Dev Shroff.

The Indian Junior Girls were up against the famed Chinese in their semifinals fixture and were beaten 3-0 by the eventual winners of the tournament thus having to settle for the bronze medal. India's team consisted of Prapti Sen, Archana Girish Kamath and Serena Selvakumar.

The last bronze medal was grabbed by the Indian Junior Boys as they lost against the juniors from Japan in a 3-1 score. India's Jeet Chandra managed to win his match in the tie but Manav Vikash Thakkar was beaten twice by the Japanese juniors. Snehit Suravajjula was the final member of the bronze-medal winning squad.

What's next?

The ITTF Junior & Cadet circuit continues with the 2018 Swedish Junior & Cadet Open that will be held from 21-25 February.

Author's take

The Indian table tennis future is in great hands as is reflected by the medal spree from the Czech Open and Manav Vikash Thakkar's No.1 ranking in the Junior circuit.

Gaurav Kadam
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