India qualify along with Egypt and England

File Photo : Yash Fadte

Chennai: Host India, title favourite Egypt and England made it to the pre-quarterfinal as the WSF-world junior men's team championship gained steam by the end of the opening day here on Tuesday.

Egypt, England and India won both their matches in their Groups.

Where Egypt and England made early entries to the last 16, India huffed and puffed in its second match against Switzerland with the result hanging on the fate of the third singles between the top player of the both sides Yash Fadte and Yannick Wilhelmi. It what seemed a contest that would go anyway, Fadte pulled it India's way to bring a loud round of cheers from the good gathering at the Express Avenue Mall.

Earlier in the morning at the ISA courts, India started off well by beating lowly Saudi Arabia 3-0. The host rested its top player Yash Fadte for this match knowing the rival's strength. Expectedly then Rahul Baitha, Utkarsh Baheti and Veer Chotrani, in that order came out and did the winning turn for India.But the story was different in its second match against Switzerland played in the midst of a good gathering rooting for the host. Switzerland may be seeded 12 against India's 5 but when it came to play on court the players seemed on par in strength.

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Utkarsh started for India and though went off in hurry to take the first game, his rival Campbell Wells showed resilience from then on. Not only did he grab the second game but kept the Indian on check in the third. Once Utkarsh managed to win that game, things panned out easy for him. But Veer Chotrani was a let down. Despite looking good, he fell into too many unforced errors against the at best steady opponent Nils Roesch. Despite winning the first game, Veer kept slipping and that turned a slide with the Indian looking puzzled where the Swiss kept gaining confidence. Veer fell and Swiss had restored parity.

In came Yash Fadte for his first appearance and seemed to immediately settle down against Yannick Wilhelmi. He took the first game with ease, showing good control in his drives and drops. But Yannick proved a different customer from then on. Showing a touch of cool where Fadte looked worked up, the Swiss lad slowly but steadily took the upperhand to grab the next two games. Anxiety writ large on Fadte's face but the young man fought his way back to bag the fourth game and bring the cheering gathering on their feet. The decider turned a humdinger with both players going all out. A couple of 'strokes' gave Fadte the early lead and he held on to the lead to finally bring the smile back in the Indian camp with his win.

The results;

Gr A: Egypt bt Singapore 3-0 (Mostafa El Serty bt Leonard Lee 11-1, 11-0, 11-4; Omar El Torkey bt Kieran Tan 11-0, 11-4, 11-5; Mostafa Asal bt Aaron Liang 11-8,11-7, 11-5) ; Egypt bt Australia 3-0 Mostafa El Serty bt Maaz JAMAL Khatri 11-6 11-8 11-8; Omar El Torkey bt Jacob Ford 11-3 11-6 11-2; Mostafa Asal bt Nicholas Calvert 11-7 11-7 11-4)

Gr B: Canada bt Scotland 3-0 (Ryan Picken bt John Meehen 11-5, 12-10, 11-9; George Crown bt Fraser Mccann 11-6, 6-11, 11-2, 11-3; Julien Gosset bt Christopher Murphy 11-5, 11-5, 11-9);

Gr C: England bt South Africa 2-1 (Jared Carter lost to Tristen Worth 10-12, 6-11, 9-11; James Wyatt bt Murray Schepers 11-6, 11-7, 12-10; Nicholas Wall bt Mikael Ismail 11-7, 11-7, 11-6); England bt Ireland 3-0 (Samuel Todd bt Scott Gillanders 11-4 8-11 11-3 11-8; James Wyatt bt Sam Buckley 5-11 11-7 11-6 6-11 11-5; Nicholas Wall - Conor Moran 11-3 11-3 11-9)

Gr D: Malaysia bt Germany 3-0 (Shahrul Izham Nurhaqiem bt SimonTietz 11-8, 11-7, 11-8; Siow Yee Xian bt Maximillian Baum 15-13, 11-5, 11-2; Darren Rahul Pragasam bt Abdel-Rehman Ghait 11-8, 13-11, 11-7);

Gr E: India bt Saudi Arabia 3-0 (Rahul Baitha bt Abdulelah Boureggah 11-1, 11-4, 11-2;, Utkarsh Baheti bt Abdulmajeed Boureggah 11-2, 11-7, 11-5; Veer Chotrani bt Mohammad Almwled 12-10, 11-4, 11-8); India bt Switzerland 2-1 (Utkarsh Baheti bt Campbell Wells 11-6, 6-11, 13-11, 11-9; Veer Chotrani lost to Nils Roesch 11-9, 5-11, 3-11, 7-11; Yash Fadte bt Yannick Wilhelmi 11-8, 7-11, 5-11, 11-4, 11-9)

Gr F: Czech Republic bt Zimbawe 3-0 (Marek Panacek bt Harry Lawton 11-4, 11-4, 11-3; Ondrej Vorlicek bt Ethan Alfalfa Porter 11-5,11-6, 11-2; Viktor Byrtus bt Tayne Turnock 11-6, 11-3, 11-4);

Gr G: Colombia lost to New Zealand 1-2 (Andres Villamizar lost Temwa Chileshe 11-7 5-11 8-11 11-9 9-11; Luis Alejandro Mancilla lost to Gabe Yam 9-11 11-6 8-11 11-8 5-11; Matias Knudsen bt Matthew Lucente 11-9 11-9 11-5)

Gr H: USA bt Finland 3-0 (Ayush Menon bt Atte Stengard 11-2, 11-3, 11-2; Tiber Worth bt Elias Korhonen 11-4, 11-6, 11-3; Daelum Mawji bt Samuli Niskala 11-5, 11-2,11-4)