Indian Suhana claims gold in ITTF Premium Junior Circuit

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New Delhi, Feb 12 (IANS) Indian paddler Suhana Saini claimed the gold medal in the 2018 Oman Junior & Cadet Open — ITTF Premium Junior Circuit.

The 12-year-old from Haryana beat Egypt’s Hana Goda in the Hopes Girls’ Singles final 3-1 to annex the coveted title on Sunday.

Suhana began on a strong note but couldn’t take charge of the table, losing the first game 10-12. She was much more composed in the rest of the match though, countering Hana’s attacking play with a solid defense and a barrage of her own shots.

She won the remaining three games 11-7, 11-6, 11-8 comfortably to show her maturity beyond her years.

Suhana was in her elements all through the tournament, beating Jordan’s Rinad El-Hasani and Syria’s Hend Zaza in straight games in the league phase.

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She took on another of India’s rising players, Ananya Chande, in the semifinals and waded into the final with a clinical 3-1 victory.

–IANS

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