Mumbai: India's junior girls and cadet boys found a common whipping horse in Singapore to qualify for the second stage after the junior boys lost their Group 2 matches 0-3 to both Japan and North Korea in the 20th Asian Junior Table Tennis Championships being held at the Sardar Patel Stadium here on Friday.
The junior boys, who have failed to make it to the quarter-finals, would now play the 9-14 position matches but the cadet girls can make the quarter-final cut provided they beat Jordan in Round 3 later.
India could have taken the top perch in cadet boys after the way Manav Thakkar played against Chinese Taipei. He won both his reverse singles and combined well with doubles partner Akaash Nath. But before that Thakkar played a wonderful match against Chen Chun-Hsiang which set the ball rolling.