Jammu, Dec. 3 -- It was not be a cakewalk for both Maharashtra A and Uttar Pradesh, the top two seeds, as they are expected to meet some of the hot contenders in each of their halves during the second stage in the 81st Junior and Youth Nationals Table Tennis Championship being played here at the Indoor Hall of the Maulana Azad Stadium.

Maharashtra girls, the title holders, placed in the top half can have a smooth passage up to the semi-final but could run into a rough weather if they happen to clash either Tamil Nadu or the winners of Karnataka and Maharashtra B teams.

The open draw taken after the completion of group engagements suggest the top-seeded team would have to work really hard to go past the semi-final stage.

Equally alarming ...