Akash and Vatsal ready to renew battle for U-11 title

Indore: Tamil Nadu’s Akash Rajavelu who won the Central Zone National Ranking title last week and Haryana’s finalist Vatsal Duklan showed no travel fatigue to complete their qualifying process and enter in the Under-11 main draw. in the 83rd Cadet & Sub-Junior Nationals at the Abhay Prashal, here today.

Vatsal, placed in group 1, and Akash in group 2 took the first places and, in the process, made a clean sweep. Vatsal beat Pranit Mahajan of Jammu and Kashmir 11-1, 11-1, 11-1 then beat Yug Sharma of Himachal 11-5, 11-1, 11-5 to complete their group engagements. On the other hand, Akash struggled a bit to beat Somansh Gupta of Haryana 11-8, 11-5, 11-3 but it was his match against Dew Rajkhowa of Assam that he lost a match. . Nevertheless, his 11-3, 11-5, 8-11, 11-7 triumphs put him at the top of the ladder.

In fact, in all of the first 16 groups, the leaders had little difficulty against their group rivals as they won their matches with relative ease and booked their places in the round of 16. The boys from Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Bengal, Delhi and Gujarat showed their potential in this category to register victories and advance to the second stage.

By comparison, the latter groups saw some interesting matches that went down the wire in the battle for the top spot. The 32 players from as many groups have qualified and the ranking of the top eight players will be done before the open electronic draw.

Meanwhile, two rounds each in the Young Boys Under-14s and Under-15s have been scheduled for the day, with the third round due to be played tomorrow morning. Main draw action in all three categories will take place from tomorrow afternoon.

The list of U-11 qualifiers: Vatsal Duklan (Har), Akash Rajavelu (TNTTA), S. Karmeghakannan (TTTA), Aditya Das (Ben), Param Bhiwandkar (Mah), Vivaan Dave (Guj), Viren Patil (Del) , Parsh Yadav (Har), Samriddha Bhattacharya (Ben), Aarav Acharya (Raj), Tanmay A. Raghavan (TTTA), Himon Kumar Mondal (Ben), Rudraksha Das (Ben), Rishaan Chattopadhyay (Ben), Reyansh Jalan (Kar ), Avikshit Changmai (Asm), Shreyas Mankeshwar (Male), Nivaan Sheth (Mah), Rithwik Senthilkumar (TNTTA), K. Akshay Bhushan (TTTA), Bhavit Singh Bisht (Raj), Aswin Pechetti (AP), AB Tharoon ( TNTTA), JN Sanjey Arwindh (TTTA), Adrikh Gogoi (Asm), Sroban Paul (Ben), Devaprayag Sreejith (Ker), Rajarshi Pratim Dutta (Ben), Jenil Patel (TTFI), Raunaq Goel (Del), Veer Balmiki ( UP), Chitraksh Arora (TTFI).

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