GUWAHATI, Jan 18 (IANS): After having been witness to a few good matches Friday in the team events, one had to go through boredom until CR Harshavardini from Tamil Nadu bowed out during the qualifying stage in the junior girls category of the Junior and Youth National Table Tennis Championships here at Tarun Ram Phookan Indoor Stadium on Saturday.
That was really shocking for the player who has been a regular member of the Indian team and has represented the country in various international tournaments, including the Reliance India Open held at Mumbai last year. In fact, the Tamil Nadu girl was part of Team India�s winning squad in June last.
Placed in Group 30 along with the less experienced Reva from Himachal and Gujarat�s Smin Atodaria, Harshavardhini was expected to lead the three-player group. Though the India ranked paddler won easily (3-0) against the Himachal girl, she found the going tough against the girl from Gujarat and lost 1-3 (9-11, 11-9, 12-14, 10-12).
But for this upset, 37 other group leaders made the main draw cut to join top eight girls � Sagarika Mukherjee, Priyadarshani Das, Ayhima Mukherjee, A Sreeja, Riti Shankar, Anushka Dutta, Yukthi Roshini and Sumana Saha. All these eight players were directly seeded in the main draw with the advantage of first-round byes.