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Raegan settles for silver, Vishal wins gold in Egypt

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New Delhi, October 29: Raegan Alburquerque, the No.4 seed, failed to go past the final hurdle as China’s Ding Shixian beat the Indian 11-8, 10-12, 13-11, 11-9, 13-11 to win the Junior Boys singles title in the 2018 Egypt Junior and Cadet Open in Sharm El Sheikh last night.

 

The unseeded Chinese, making his maiden international appearance, conceded the second game before wrapping it up for an excellent career beginning and forcing the Indian to settle with a silver medal and a cash prize of $150.

 

 

Raegan (left) who won silver with other medal winners at Sharm El Sheikh

 

After having accounted for host nation’s Marwan Abdelwahab 11-7, 14-12, 7-11, 11-3, 14-12 in the semifinals on Sunday afternoon, Raegan was expected to make use of the opportunity later in the evening. Though his start was not as good as he would have wanted, but he did manage to take the second game. However, the 14-year-old Chinese, playing cautiously and maintaining his form, won several crucial points to upset the Indian’s attacking style of game. Ding won two vital games—the third and the fifth—on extended points for the title.

 

But in Mini Cadet Boys singles, Vishal Rajveer Shah defeated Badr Mostafa of Egypt in another straight game final to claim the title. The Indian won 11-6, 11-6, 11-7.

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