State TT boys finish runners-up in NationalDecember 21, 2018, Chandigarh, Hyderabad
Kesavan Kannan could not repeat his semifinal performance a second time in the final and Telangana had to settle for the silver medal as Tamil Nadu lifted the sub-junior Boys trophy in the 11Sports 80th Cadet and Sub-Junior National Table Tennis Championships at the Basketball Hall of Sector 42 Sports Complex in Chandigarh on Thursday. Telangana went down to TN 0-3 in the final.
Earlier in the semifinals, Telangana shocked Delhi. The hero of TS’ win was the cool Kesavan, who literally carried the team into the final against an experienced line-up of Delhi, comprising Payas Jain and Aadarsh Om Chetri, the top-ranked individuals.
Kesavan played his role to perfection, first levelling the score after Payas had put Delhi ahead. But Delhi went 2-1 up after the doubles win putting Telangana under pressure once again. But Karthik showed no sign of nerves as he beat Aadarsh to give a new lease of life which Kesavan utilized well against Payas. The Telangana boy was 0-1 in the decider but stroked his way to dismantle the Delhi boy to give his team a rare opportunity in the final. But, unfortunately, the Tamil Nadu proved too strong for them in the title-round.
Sub-Junior boys (final): Tamil Nadu bt Telangana 3-0 (Preyesh Raj Suresh bt Kesavan Kannan 11-6, 7-11, 6-11, 12-10, 11-5, Vishwa Deenadayalan bt Karthik Sai Krishna 5-11, 11-2, 11-9, 11-9, Preyesh/Vishwa bt Kesavan/Karthik 11-3, 11-8, 14-16, 11-7); Semifinals: TN bt North Bengal 3-0. Telangana bt Delhi 3-2 (Karthik Sai Krishna lost to Payas Jain 3-11, 12-10, 11-13, 8-11, Kesavan Kannan bt Aadarsh Chetri 11-8,11-5, 12-14, 3011, 12-10, Karthik/Kesawan lost to Payas/Aadarsh 8-11, 5-11, 11-7, 9-11, Karthik Sai Krishna bt Aadarsh Chetri 12-10, 13-11, 13-11, Kesavan Kannan bt Payas Jain 9-11, 11-9, 11-9, 13-11).