India’s mixed doubles pairing of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Ashwini Ponnappa on Wednesday advanced to the he pre-quarterfinals of the USD 1 million China Open after stunning the Commonwealth Games silver medallists England’s Marcus Ellis and Lauren Smith to enter the pre-quarterfinals of the USD 1 million China Open.World No 25 Satwiksairaj and Ashwini, who had lost twice to the English combination in the past, executed their plan well to notch up a 21-13, 20-22, 21-17 win in a match that lasted an hour and three minutes.”It was a good match. We were pretty confident today at crucial moments. We struck to our plans so it became a little easy in the end,” Satwik told PTI.The Indian pair will face top seed Chinese combination of Zheng Siwei and Huang Yaqiong.Seventh seed Srikanth, who had reached the quarterfinals last week at Japan Open, too was through to the pre-quarterfinals after beating Denmark’s Rasmus Gemke 21-9, 21-19 to set up a meeting with Thailand’s Suppanyu Avihingsanon.However, men’s doubles pair of Satwik and Chirag Shetty, who had won a silver at the Commonwealth Games, lost 19-21, 20-22 to Goh V Shem and Tan Wee Kiong of Malaysia.CWG bronze medallists Ponnappa and N Sikki Reddy also went down 10-21, 18-21 to Korean combination of Kim So Yeong and Kong Hee Yong in women’s doubles.The mixed doubles match turned out to be a hard-fought battle right from the start as the Indian and English pair moved together till 4-4. Satwik and Ashwini then reeled off four points to open up a 8-4 lead. From there on, the duo kept its distance to grab the opening game without much ado.advertisementIn the second game, Marcus and Lauren jumped to a 6-1 lead before grabbing a 6 advantage at the break. The Indian pair however slowly fought its way to level at 20-20 but the English combination produced the required two points to stay in the contest.In the decider, Satwik and Ashwin stepped up and surged to a 7-1 advantage. The duo led 11-5 at the breather. After the break, Marcus and Lauren managed to narrow the gap to 13-15 but the Indian duo marched ahead to 18-13 and eventually sealed the match.(With PTI inputs)
Opportunities for certification in Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) training are now available at the Trench Town Polytechnic College (TTPC), in St. Andrew.The college commenced the training in early September, as part of their Associate Degree programme, in partnership with the Montego Bay based iTELBPO Smart Solutions, which is the largest home-grown BPO entity in the region.Principal of the institution, Dr. Dosseth Edwards-Watson, says one of the most exciting aspects of the venture is the work-study initiative, which gives students who meet specific criteria, the opportunity to engage in a study and earn programme.The Principal was speaking at a media launch of the training initiative, on October 11, at the TTPC.“We are totally grateful to iTEL, as we have some youngsters who are raring to go. There is such a wealth of talent in Trench Town,” Dr. Edwards-Watson said.Meanwhile, Member of Parliament for South St. Andrew, Mark Golding, told the gathering that he is pleased with the partnership to offer the training, and that young people should be encouraged “to get involved and take advantage of this training and education.”“We are executing a good idea which will benefit both sides in the partnership, and everybody should make this work, because outsourcing is an important part of the economy, and Jamaica has a competitive edge in the sector,” Mr. Golding said.For her part, Regional Director at the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Dr. Kasan Troupe, said with the training being offered, the “Brand Trench Town is going to be lifted even higher.”“Young people, you are being given this opportunity, take it seriously,” Dr. Troupe urged, while pledging the Ministry’s support for the continued development of the college.Chairman of the institution, Dr. Joan Spencer-Ernandez, said the college is a winner, and lauded iTELBPO Smart Solutions, for “demonstrating confidence in our ability to effectively deliver this programme, and in our students to be successful as they take on this challenge.”Head of Training at the BPO company, Shurland Buchanan, noted that their commitment is to “train and nurture these future graduates.”Located at Eighth Street at the site of the former Trench Town High School, the multi-disciplinary community college provides a holistic curriculum that is designed to give students a competitive edge.