Mumbai: Abhishek Yadav, the bronze medal winner at the Asian Youth Games at Nanjing (China), and rising star Suthirtha Mukherjee will be the cynosure of all eyes at the Reliance India Junior and Cadet Open Table Tennis Championships, getting underway at the NSCI-Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Stadium from today.

The two youngsters will rely on the experience of Manika Batra to guide them with adequate support coming from Ayikha Mukherjee and others to help top-seed India deliver the goods, both collectively and individually and, in the process, seal a few berths in the Youth Olympics to be held at the same Chinese city next year.

However, it is easier said than done, particularly when the championships have the presence of Chinese and Hong Kong paddlers, however devoid of stars, in their midst.  The UAE and Iran—are also expected to give some worries for the Indians.

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