The Indian team, featuring Manav Thakkar, Manush Shah and Ishaan Hingorani, beat the U.S.-Canadian team of Sharon Alguetti, Gal Alguetti and Jeremy Hazin 3-1 in the final to win the coveted title yesterday.
Manav from Mumbai began the medal hunt by winning the silver medal, while Manush from Vadodara claimed the bronze in the Junior Boys' Singles category. They then combined to win another silver for India in the Junior Boys Doubles.
Manav, the top seed at the championship, went down fighting to U.S.A.'s Sharon Alguetti in an epic final to miss out on the gold in the Singles. He did well to recover from a two-game deficit to take the match all the way into the seventh. But he failed to drive home the momentum and lost 3-4 (7-11, 10-12, 11-6, 12-14, 11-8, 11-8, 7-11).
Manav was in his elements in the doubles too, in the company of Manush Shah. But the Canadian-Romania duo of Jeremy Hazin and Paul Mladin proved to be a notch better than the Indian pair, winning 3-2 (11-7, 9-11, 11-6, 11-13, 12-10).
Meanwhile, in the Junior Girls' category, Archana from Bengaluru too showed her mettle as she raced to the silver in the Junior Girls' Singles and a bronze in the Girls' Doubles with Serbia's Dragana Vignijevic. She and her local partner Vignijevic lost to the German pair of Sophia Klee and Yuki Tsutsui 2-3 (5-11, 11-7, 11-8, 6-11, 5-11).
Both put up a valiant battle, but couldn't get the better of Serbia's Sabina Surjan. (ANI)