India reach quarters of World Junior Men Team

SA and Indian squash teamIt was a nail bitter all the way, we edged out a highly talented and inspired South African side 2-1 in the pre quarter final pool stage at the 14th World Junior Men’s Squash Championships. India’s top junior Sandeep Jangra needed 35 min to outclass Richard Corburn in straight games. Sandeep’s match was very crucial, down 0-4 in the first he came back strongly to win by hitting volley winners in the front of the court. Naresh Kumar played an amazing first game to give India  a comfortable lead. However, Rudi fought back by intercepting all his shots and not giving Naresh a chance to hit good length. Scores level 1-1, it was up to the reliable Harinder to deliver the final point. And so he did, playing the longest match of the tie. Harinder was forced to keep the ball deep as he made a few unforced errors with his drop. He then came up with a gutsy effort in the 4th game, 0-5 down it seemed it could go to a decider, however Harinder worked his length and came up with 2 brilliant back hand drops to level the score at 5-5. From there he had the fire and the experience to win the tie for the country.
Sandeep Jangra bt Richard Colburn 9-7, 9-5, 9-2 (35min),  Naresh Kumar lost Rudi Willemse 9-5, 1-9, 5-9, 4-9 (55min), Harinderpal Singh bt Jason Cole Niven 9-3, 7-9, 9-5, 9-7 (68min) Hindu Article


About Cyrus Poncha
I was born and lived in Bombay before moving to Chennai in 2001 to coach the Indian national squash team....what a journey its been!!

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