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India's Raj reaches quarters of WTT Youth Star Contender Tunis

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Tunis (Tunisia), May 27 (IANS) Young rising India paddler Preyesh Raj Suresh on Thursday made his way into the quarter-finals of the WTT Youth Star Contender Tunis with a thrilling 3-2 win against Sweden’s David Bjorkryd.

Playing in the under-15 boys singles, the current national sub-junior champion recovered well after being a set down against his Swedish opponent before completing a 7-11, 15-13, 8-11, 11-7, 11-7 victory in the hard-fought five-setter last-16 match.

Preyesh will take on Russian Ilia Koniukhov in the quarter-finals.

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The tournament, scheduled from May 26 to 30 in Tunis, is the first youth international event Indian paddlers are competing in since the coronavirus outbreak.

In the U-19 boys singles, Delhi’s Payas went down fighting 11-6, 4-11, 8-11, 11-5, 8-11 to Belgium’s Adrien Rassenfosse in a round-of-16 match.

Another Indian in the U-19 boys singles, Deepit Patil, couldn’t progress to the knockout stage as he finished third in group stage.

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In the women’s category, which will take place on Saturday and Sunday, India’s Diya Chitale and Swastika Ghosh will be seen competing in the U-19 category.

–IANS

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