Oct 29, 2016 Leave a comment
Velavan SenthilKumar and Sunayna Kuruvilla (both from Tamil Nadu) became U-19 national champions at the Daly College Sub-Junior / Junior National Squash Championship. While Velavan retained his title without much of a fight because his opponent Abhay Singh, also of TN threw in the towel at the end of the second game with a back strain, for Sunayna it was a well earned maiden success which was one of the high points of the day. Seeded second, Sunayna beat her arch rival the top seeded Akanksha Salunkhe of Goa in four games.
The final day produced quite a few upset results in keeping with the highly charged atmosphere at the Daly College squash facility. The U-17 boys’ section in fact brought forth a new name in Saksham Choudhary of Delhi who downed the usually efficient Tushar Shahani, the top seed from Maharashtra. Saksham’s rise has been phenomenal for this young talent has never gone beyond the quarterfinals stage in the nationals and here he had toppled what seemed to many a sure-shot winner in Tushar. Ananya Dabke toppled 3 higher seeded players on her way to her maiden national title defeating top seeded Megha Bhatia in an intense 5 games in the girls under 15 category. Equally facile was the rise of Abhisheka Shannon of Tamil Nadu who beat her state mate who was the top seed Diksha Aurobindo over five games in the U-13 section. Yash Fadte (B15), Shreyas Mehta (B13), Yuvraj Wadhwani (B11), Amita Gondi (G17) and Kaavya Basnal (G11) held on to their top positions. Read more of this post