Pavan Suresh / 04 August 2015

Indian girls lost to New Zealand 2-1 yesterday 3 August 2015. They now meet Hong Kong to settle for 7th and 8th position. Hong Kong is 4th seeded and Indian has a herculean task to avoid 8th place.

Adya Advani played the first match against Eleanor Epke and won the first game at 12-10. But the New- Zealand girl came back strongly to take the next 2 games comfortably at 11-4 and 11-3 respectively. The match lasted for 20 minutes. In the second game Harshit Jawanda raised hopes by winning the fifth set. She began well against Abbie Palmer by claiming the first game 11-9 with struggle, followed by an easy win in the second game at 11-4. Abbie came back strong winning the third set at 13-11 and fourth set more easily at 11-6 equaling the 2-2 games. In the fifth and deciding set Harshit bounced back to win the game at 11-6. The entire set lasted nearly 39 minutes. The third and decider match between Akanksha Salunke and Juee Bhide also went for fifth set. First two sets were won by Akanksha 11-8, 11-8, but Juee came back fighting to take the third game at 12-10. She won the fourth set easily at 11-0. The final match was meek play as the Indian girl lost again at 3-11. The match lasted 41 minutes. The stamina when the matches get extended beyond 3rd set appears to be a challenge for Indian players.

India take on 4th seeded Hong Kong for 7th and 8th ranking today.

The final of the WSF World Junior teams in Eindhoven is set between top seeds Egypt and USA, for the third time in a row. Defending champions Egypt, playing individual finalists Nouran Gohar and Habiba Mohamed, eased past surprise semi-finalists Malaysia in the first match of the day.

In the second semi-final USA beat England 2-0 to set up a third consecutive final against the four-time defending champions. USA took the first match courtesy of Reeham Sedka, England’s Amelia Henley unable to deal with the power and court coverage of the US number two – who found a dead nick at the back of the court to reach match ball and needed just one opportunity to finish the match. Sabrina Sobhy clinched the match for the Americans as she beat Georgina Kennedy in straight games. 

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