Young Indian rowers Dia Dia Chitale and Swastika Ghosh performed solid performances at the 2021 WTT Youth Star Contender Tunis, as they confirmed a medal in the U-19 girls’ doubles and also made their way to the knockout in the singles category.
The duo of Maharashtra Dia and Swastika, who said goodbye in the opening round, registered a convincing victory with 11-5, 6-11, 11-9, 11-8 against local favorites Fadwa Garcia and Maram Zoglami in the match of the last 8 and secured at least a bronze medal. by entering the semifinals. The Indian pair will now face Linda Zaderova and Croatia’s Hana Arapovic in the last four matches against the Czech Republic.
On the other hand, the rowers from Mumbai Dia and Swastika also advanced to the U-19 single in the last 16 stages, after finishing at the top of their respective groups with record success. Youth national champion Dia was dominant during her identical 3-0 victories against Belarusian Daria Vasilenko (11-7, 11-7, 11-7), Linda Zaderova (11-4, 10-12, 11-1, 11 -8) and Algeria’s Narimene-Hind Sideki (11-3, 11-4, 11-7) in Group VI, while national junior champion Swastika defeated Greece’s Malamatenia Papadimitriou and Portugal’s Ines Matos 3-0 (11-6, 11- 6, 11-9) and 3-2 (8-11, 11-6, 11-5, 8-11, 11-7) respectively in Group I matches.
The ongoing tournament is the first international youth event involving Indian players since the outbreak of the coronavirus. Earlier in the boys’ race, Preyesh Raj Suresh bowed in the quarterfinals of the U-15 singles, while Payas Jain and Deepit Patil advanced to the preliminary quarters and group stage of the U-19 category, respectively.