Kush Kumar and Lakshya Ragavendran emphasized
their strength in the U-19 section by retaining the respective titles at the
Indian Junior Open held in Chennai.
While Kumar continued to show
exemplary touch, something that had made him the first male player to from
India to reach the quarterfinal in the recent World junior championship in
Namibia, Lakshya had to dig into her reserves to ensure victory. While Kumar
downed the promising Ranvijay Singh, Lakshya edged Malaysian Aika Azman in
the five-game final.
Velavan Senthilkumar defeated Dhampur boy Ranjit
Singh in the U-17 section while Akanksha Salunkhe’s impressive run in the
girls’ section continued as she made short of her 5-10 arrears in the
deciding fifth game to oust the Hong Kong player Cheng Nga Ching.
the foreign players, the Malaysians had something to remember in the girls’
section. Aifa Azman and Sehveetraa Kumar provided the success stories.
Chennai, Aug 31 (IANS) National junior champion
and Asian Youth Games gold medalist Kush Kumar was in devastating form to
defeat his training partner Deepak Mishra 11-3, 11-6, 11-3, to lift the Boys
Under-19 title for the third consecutive year in the Indian Open junior
Lakshya Ragavendra claimed her first Girls Under
-19 crown routing second seeded Urwashi Joshi from Maharashtra 11-9, 11-3,
11-4. Lakshya's hard-hitting ability rattled Urwashi who had no answer
throughout the match.
The biggest upset of the day was when Krish Kapur
from West Bengal seeded 5/8, defeated second seeded Robin Singh Mann from
Delhi 14-12, 12-14, 12-10, 11-3.
The duo rallied extensively to share the first
two games before Kapur won the decisive third game in extra point and then
took the fourth omfortably.
Boys Under 11 : Tarun
Nambiar (Mah) beat Abhishek Pradhan (Mah) 9-2, 9-2, 9-3 Boys Under 13 : Rahul D’cunha (Mah)
beat Karm Kumar (ND) 6-9, 9-5, 9-7, 9-3 Boys Under 15 : Harinderpal Singh
(TN) beat Parth Sharma (Raj) 7-9, 9-3, 9-3, 9-1 Boys Under 17 : Lee Ho Hin (HKG) beat
M Prathiban (TN) 9-6, 3-9, 8-10, 9-3 Boys Under 19 : Saurav
Ghosal (TN) beat Gaurav Nandrajog (ND) 9-2, 9-2, 9-1 Girls Under 11: Sachika Balwani (Mah)
beat Dheeya Somaiya 9-4, 8-10, 9-7, 4-9, 9-6 Girls Under 13 : Deepika Palikal (TN)
beat Sharya Guruge (Sri) 9-0, 9-2, 9-0 Girls Under 17 : Alisha Mashruwala (Mah)
beat Nirasha Guruge (Sri) 3-9, 3-9, 9-6, 10-8, 9-0
¾ Place Boys Under 11:
Caran Arora (Mah) beat Anirudh Nambiar (Mah) 9-0,9-2,9-0 ¾ Place Boys Under 13 : Aditya Jagtap (Mah)
beat Aadit Javeri (Mah) 9-3, 8-10, 9-2, 9-4 ¾ Place Boys Under 15 : Nitin Chauhan
(Mah) beat Cyrus Vakil (Mah) W/o ¾ Place Boys Under 17 : Sandeep
Jangra beat Manek Mathur W/o ¾ Place Boys Under 19 : Vikas Jangra
(Mah) Beat Chiu Ho Fai (HKG) 7-9, 9-0, 9-10, 9-0, 9-5
UDAI SINGH AND ROHAN BHAPPU WON THE SINGAPORE SENIOR AND JUNIOR
NATIONAL SQUASH TITLES.UDAIDEFEATED LIM JIT UEI 9-5, 9-7, 3-9, 9-5 WHILE BHAPPU GOT THE BETTER
OF NG TENG KUAN IN THE FINALS.BOTH
ARE ENJOY TEMPORARY RESIDENT STATUS.UDAI STUDIED THERE WHILE BHAPPU’S FATHER, WHO FILES FOR SINGAPORE
AIRLINES, IS POSTED THERE.BHAPPU
HAD ANOTHER FEATHER IN HIS CAP WHEN FINISHING THRID IN THE SPORTEXCEL MILO
MALAYSIAN JUNIORS UNDER-19 SATELLITE TOURNAMENT.HE DEFEATED THE HOST COUNTRY’S MARCUS YAP IN STRAIGHT GAMES, 9-2,
9-0, 9-3. BHAPPU DEFEATED PARTH DOSHI IN THE LAST EIGHT 8-10, 9-5, 9-5,
9-4 BEFORE LOSING TO VINCENT CHEUNG OF HONG KONG IN THE SEMI-FINALS.