Divyansh and Kavyashree lift Youth U-17 trophies

Divyansh and Kavyashree lift Youth U-17 trophiesPondicherry: Divyansh Srivastava from Uttar Pradesh got it right for a long time despite his potential to make it big. Today was his day, and by cashing in on Jash Modi’s impatience, Divyansh defeated him 4-3 to win the Youth Boys Under-17 title in the UTT National Ranking Championships (South Zone) at Rajiv Gandhi Indoor Stadium here.

Kavyashree Baskar of Tamil Nadu denied the Suhana Saini crown in the Youth Girls Under-17 and beat the Haryana girl 4-1.

Divyansh had to work for the gold even though he led 2-1. The credit should also go to the Maharashtra boy, whose never-die-die attitude kept him in the fight until the end. The burden was on the UP boy, who let Jash back down and took the case to the decision. But Divyansh, realizing the responsibility, played the decisive game with authority and sealed the fate of his opponent.

Like Divyansh, Kavyashree did not start well either. Suhana, with the advantage in the first match, failed to increase the pressure as the tall Tamil Nadu girl went from strength to strength. Surprisingly, Suhana lacked the fighting spirit she is known for this evening. Incidentally, this is the first time in several tournaments that the Haryana girl returns home without a gold medal.

In the Youth Boys, Jash Modi’s game was in complete disarray when the Maharashtra boy started badly and lost the first two matches to Bodhisatwa Chaudhury from Bengal. But in the third, he was back on track. He won the extended match after saving five match points and with renewed confidence equalized the result. But several unforced errors caused him to lose track. However, he managed to make it in the last two games. Meanwhile, top seed Ankur Bhattacharjee, the winner of the Dehradun leg, went 1-4 down to the assertive Divyansh Srivastava.

In the quarterfinals, Divyansh Srivastava from Uttar Pradesh got stretched to the fullest. His encounter with a determined Khelendrajit Yengkhom became tough when the Manipuri boy was ready for the task against the UP kid. Despite taking the first match, Divyansh was quickly down by 1-2. Still, he came back nicely to win the fourth match 12-10. Shortly after, he ended the match 4-3.

Kavyashree Baskar from Tamil Nadu went into a tangle in their semi-final against Sneha Bhowmick from West Bengal. The opening for Kavyashree was just as bad and lost both overtime matches. However, the tall TN girl launched her attack as quickly as possible to win the next four matches to get into the final.

In the Girls’ quarterfinals, top seed Suhana Saini was forced to drop two matches before winning the match 4-2 against Risha Mirchandani from Maharashtra. The latter led 2-1, but Suhana increased the ante in the last three to frolic with home winners.


Youth Boys U-17 Singles: Finals: Divyansh Srivastava (UP) bt Jash Modi (Mah) 8-11, 11-6, 11-4, 6-11, 11-9, 7-11, 11-8.

Semifinals: Jash Modi bt Bodhisatwa Chaudhury (Ben) 9-11, 8-11, 18-16, 11-7, 7-11, 11-8, 11-8; Divyansh Srivastava bt Ankur Bhattacharjee (Ben) 11-3, 11-8, 9-11, 11-8, 11-9.

Quarterfinals: Divyansh Srivastava bt K. Yengkhom (Man) 11-9, 6-11, 7-11, 12-10, 11-7, 7-11, 13-11; Jash Modi bt Shankhadip Das (Ben) 11-2, 11-9, 11-2, 7-11, 11-9; Bodhisatwa Chaudhary bt Sarth Mishra (UP) 11-4, 3-11, 11-8, 11-9, 9-11, 12-10; Ankur Bhattacharjee bt Aadarsh ​​Om Chetri (Del) 11-9, 13-11, 11-7, 11-9.

Youth Girls U-17 singles: Finals: Kavyashree Baskar (TTTA) bt Suhana Saini (Har) 1-11, 11-6, 11-8, 11-7, 11-8.

Semifinals: Kavyashree Baskar bt Sneha Bhowmick (Ben) 11-13, 12-14, 11-3, 11-8, 11-8, 11-5; Suhana Saini bt. Lakshita Narang (Del) 12-10, 11-8, 11-5, 12-10.

Quarterfinals: Suhana Saini bt Risha Mirchandani (Mah) 9-11, 11-7, 10-12, 11-8, 11-6, 11-9; Kavyashree Baskar bt Prithoki Chakraborti (Har) 12-10, 17-15, 11-5, 11-5; Sneha Bhowmick bt Riddhima Kapoor (Del) 11-8, 11-8, 11-8, 11-7; Lakshita Narang bt Kaashvi Gupta (Del) 11-9, 11-9, 11-5, 11-9.


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