Manav thakkar clinches ittf challenge series u 21 title
Indian paddler Manav Thakkar on Sunday became the first Indian to clinch U-21 men’s singles title in an ITTF Challenge Series event with a comfortable win over Argentina’s Martin Bentancor here on Sunday.
Thakkar beat his opponent 11-3, 11-5, 11-6 in the ITTF Challenge Plus Benemax-Virgo North American Open here.
It was India’s first U-21 men’s singles title since the ITTF Challenge Series became an entity in January 2017, as opposed to being an integral part of the ITTF World Tour, a release said.
Thakkar now joined Harmeet Desai, Sathiyan Gnanasekaran and Soumyajit Ghosh in the list of Indians to win ITTF World Tour U-21 men’s singles titles.
In 2012, Harmeet and Sathiyan won the title in Brazil and Egypt respectively while Soumyajit did the same in Chile in 2011.
The 19-year-old Thakkar, who was a part of the Indian men’s team which won the bronze in 2018 Asian Games, dominated the proceedings in the one-sided final match.
Second-seeded Thakkar maintained his dominance throughout the final as he hardly gave Bentancor any chance to score.
Thakkar had beaten Argentina’s Horacio Cifuentes 11-5, 11-9, 11-5 and Lorenzo Santiago 11-7, 12-10, 7-11, 11-6 in the quarter-final and semi-final respectively.