Minsk (Belarus): India’s prodigious young paddler Manav Vikash Thakkar scored an easy 3-0 victory over Russia’s Lev Katsman in the quarterfinals to assure himself a place in the last four and at least a bronze medal for his exploits but had to earlier display his prowess as he eked out a hard-fought 3-2 win against World No. 8 of the U-21 men’s singles category, Yuki Matsuyama of Japan, in the quarterfinals of the ITTF Challenge Belgosstrakh Belarus Open here in Minsk.
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Buoyant after the big win, Manav didn’t let Russia's Katsman settle into the game as he breezed past him with easy 11-5, 11-7 and 15-13 wins to progress into the semi-finals. In the men’s doubles category, the duo of Harmeet-Sanil couldn’t move past the combination of Oleksandr Didukh of Ukraine and Lubomir Pistej of Slovakia in their opening round of 16 clash as they went down 1-4 to bow out of the tournament.