India and Hong Kong took turns to dump second seed Japan out of the Cadet boys team championship as the host ensured a place in the last-eight stage in three out of four sections of the 17th Asian junior table tennis championship here on Wednesday.

The Indian junior boys expectedly defeated Thailand 3-0 and received a bye to virtually ensure itself of a place among the three qualifiers for the quarterfinals from Group 1. India will face Iran, Hong Kong and lowly Jordon on Thursday, and just one victory will clear its passage into the next stage.

Indian girls made a heavy weather of the task against Kazakhstan, then lost a close match to Hong Kong and easily defeated Qatar. The results of the day were enough to see the host through to the quarterfinals since Democratic People's Republic of Korea failed to turn up in the six-team Group 1.

With Japan sending a less-than-formidable team in the cadet section, India and Hong Kong booked the two qualifying spots from Group 2 for the quarterfinals. However, in the cadet girls' section, India managed to bland Qatar 3-0 but with Hong Kong and Singapore also in the same group, India's coach Bhawani Mukherjee was not so optimistic about the team's chances of advancing.

The results (team championship): Junior boys: Group 1: India bt Thailand 3-0 (Soumyajit Ghosh bt Peerapol Kunprasert 11-8, 11-8, 11-6; Harmeet Desai bt Tanapol Santiwattanatarm 5-11, 11-8, 6-11, 11-5, 11-8; Sourav Saha bt Rachalak Chanpongsang 11-4, 11-6, 11-1); Hong Kong bt Jordon 3-0.

Group 2: Chinese Taipei bt Kazakhstan 3-0; Korea bt Iraq 3-0; Singapore bt Sri Lanka 3-0. Chinese Taipei bt Iraq 3-0; Korea bt Singapore 3-0.

Junior girls: Group 1: Singapore bt DPR Korea, walkover; Hong Kong bt Qatar 3-0; India bt Kazakhstan 3-1 (Manika Batra bt Yuliya Gats 11-7, 3-11, 11-5, 11-8; Mallika Bhandarkar lost to Anastaiya Lavroav 5-11, 11-9, 11-5, 8-11, 7-11;  Reeth Rishya Tennison bt Gulnoza Ermatova 11-4, 12-14, 9-11, 11-6, 11-9; Mallika bt Gats 11-6, 11-6, 7-11, 10-12, 11-9); Singapore bt Kazakhstan 3-0.

Hong Kong bt India 3-2 (Ng Ka Yee bt Mallika Bhandarkar 7-11, 11-2, 11-9, 6-11, 11-8; Li Ching Wan lost to Manika Batra 8-11, 11-9, 9-11, 8-11; Lo Lok Yee bt Reeth Rishya Tennison 11-9, 13-15, 11-7, 7-11, 13-11; Ng Ka Yee lost to Manika Batra 6-11, 6-11, 10-12; Li Ching Wan bt Mallika Bhandarkar 6-11, 11-6, 11-7, 7-11, 11-4).

Group 2: Korea bt Iran 3-0; Chinese Taipei bt Jordon 3-0; Thailand bt Sri Lanka 3-0; Korea bt Jordon 3-0; Sri Lanka bt Iran 3-0; Chinese Taipei bt Thailand 3-1.

Cadet boys: Group 1: China bt Iran 3-0; Singapore bt Kazakhstan 3-1; Iran bt Kazakhstan 3-0.

Group 2: India bt Japan 3-1 (Abhishek Yadav lost to Masato Kakituska 11-9, 5-11, 15-17, 7-11; Utkarsh Gupta bt Tanin Ryuzaki 12-10, 13-11, 11-9; Yadav and Gupta bt Kakitsuka and Miyazaki 11-7, 11-6, 9-11, 11-1; Yadav bt Ryuzaki 13-11, 11-6, 12-10); Hong Kong bt Sri Lanka 3-0; Chinese Taipei bt Thailand 3-0.

India bt Sri Lanka 3-0 (Abhishek Yadav bt K. Hendahewa 11-6, 11-2, 11-8; Lairin Puia bt U. Ranasinghe 11-7, 11-5, 11-3; Yadav and Utkarsh Gupta bt Hendahewa and R. Warushawithana 11-4, 11-1, 11-2); Hong Kong bt Japan 3-2.

Cadet girls: Group 2: Hong Kong bt Singapore 3-0; India bt Qatar 3-0 (Anuska Dutta bt Kholoud Hussain 11-2, 11-6, 11-4; K. Spoorthy bt Fatma Al-Kuwari 11-2, 11-2, 11-2; Anuska and Spoorthy bt Kholoud and Hissa Al-Hamad 11-4, 11-5, 11-5).

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