World Junior Men Team – 5/6 Playoff

7th seeded Indians scripted a remarkable victory against 6th seeded Canada in the 5-8th play offs at the World Junior Championships in New Zealand today. Down by 2 games and 0-3 in the third, Harinder once again came up with an absolutely  outstanding display of squash. He kept the ball to good length and hitting nicks at will, Harinder leveled the match at 2-2. In the decider he quickly raced to a 5-1 lead and did not let Dave Glass get into the game. There were a few  ’50  shot’ rallies with Harinder waiting patiently for his opponent to make an error.

Earlier, Naresh had to level the scores after Sandeep went down to the Canadian top seed Keith Pritchard. Naresh showed nerves of steel to withstand the intense pressure. Although he lost the second game, he was stronger mentally and won the match in 4 games. This victory enables us to play for 5th position in our final match against Germany tomorrow.

Sandeep Jangra lost to  Keith Pritchard 2-9, 2-9, 9-6, 8-10 (53min)
Naresh Kumar bt Dave Glass 9-2, 1-9, 9-3, 9-2 (58min)
Harinderpal Singh bt David Letourneau 2-9, 2-9, 9-5, 9-2, 9-4 (65min)

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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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