Asian Juniors & Masters, Colombo, Sri Lanka 7-10 July ’10

Ravi Dixit created history today by becoming the first Indian male to win an Asian Squash title at the Asian Junior Individual Championship held at Colombo, Sri Lanka from 7-10 July 2010.

Ravi Dixit, a product of the Indian Squash Academy, made history by becoming the first Indian to win the Under-19 boys’ title in the Asian junior squash championship (Individuals) in Colombo on Saturday. Dixit played and won what easily must have been the best match of his career. Down two games and staring at defeat with a match point down against the second seed Pakistan player Waqas Mehboob, the Indian fought back splendidly to defy all odds. Dipika got over a brief phase of uncertainty when her concentration lagged to put it across Malaysia’s Low Wee Nee in four games 11-8, 12-10, 10-12, 11-8. In the previous edition, Dipika had lost to Nee’s sister Wern in the final. Dipika became the first player ever to win both the u15 & u19 Asian title.

Ravi continues his winning streak after winning the Malaysian Junior Open earlier last month.

Making this a historical day Dipika Pallikal too lifted the junior women’s crown defeating 2nd seed Low Wee Nee of Malaysia 11-8, 12-10, 10-12, 11-8. Dipika but for a brief lapse in concentration had the match very much in control. Dipika had also won the u15 crown 4 years ago making her the only player to win both the u15 and u19 title at the Asian Championships.

Ravi defeated Waqas Mehboob from Pakistan making this an historic double for Indian squash. Trailing by two games and with a match ball against him Ravi who seemed nervous clawed his way back  playing aggressive in the third game and continued it in the fourth. The fifth game was neck and neck at 9-9, with both player keeping the ball in play. Waqas eventually hit the tin and Ravi finished the final point with a forehand drive winner.

Kush Kumar and Abhishek Pradhan won the bronze medals in the boys u15 & u19 categories resp. while Lakshaya Ragvendran and Anaka Alankamony attaned the 4th position in the girls  u15 & u19 categories resp.

Boys Under 19: Ravi Dixit (IND) Bt Waqas Mehboob (PAK) 8/11, 8/11, 13/11, 11/5, 11/9

3rd Place  Abhishek Pradhan (IND) W/O From Aditya Jagtap (IND) -

Girls Under 19: Dipika Pallikal (IND) Bt Low Wee Nee (MAS) 11/8, 12/10, 10/12, 11/7
3rd Place TONG Tsz Wing (HKG) Bt Ananka Alankamony (IND) 11/3, 11/7, 11/3, 11/6

Boys Under 15:Bilal Zakir (PAK) Bt Ammad Farid (PAK) 11/5, 13/11, 11/5
3rd Place Kush Kumar (IND) Bt YoungJo Go (KOR) 11/9, 11/7, 9/11, 11/5

Girls Under 15: CHAN Pansy Pui Hei (HKG) Bt Vanessa Raj (MAS) 11/8, 9/11, 11/9, 6/11, 11/8
3rd Place CHOI Uen Shan (HKG) Bt Lakshya Ragvendra (IND) 11/3, 11/2, 11/6

Master’s 35 – 39 Lal Wickramasinghe W (SRI) Bt Avinash Bhavnani (IND) 11/6, 8/11, 10/12, 11/5, 11/8

Master’s 40 – 44 Wg Cdr Irfan Agshar (PAK) Bt Mohanish Sawant (IND) 11/8, 11/8, 11/8

Master’s 45 – 49 Deepak Moolani (IND) Bt Gary Fung Fuk Ming (CHN) 11/5, 13/11, 5/11, 5/11, 11/6

Master’s 50 – 54 Vaman Apte (IND) Bt Suresh Gurung (NEP) 12/10, 11/7, 11/1

Master’s 55 – 59 William Fan Ying Wai (HKG) Bt Major S.Maniam (MAS) 5/11, 11/3, 11/7, W/O

Women’s Hong Shen (CHN) Bt Jin Lu (CHN) 11/4, 11/3, 11/4

About Cyrus Poncha
I was born and lived in Bombay before moving to Chennai 11 years ago to coach the Indian national squash team....what a journey its been!!

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