Mahesh Mangaokar, Ravi Dixit win Scottish Squash Jr Open

Ravi Dixit had another 80-odd minute battle before he could claim his maiden European title here in Edinburgh at the Heriot–Watt University Squash Centre. Ravi played flawless squash against Malaysia’s Cheong Kah Wah in the first two games to win both comfortably. The third was a much closer affair with both players hitting very tight length and picking up all shots exceedingly well. Ravi served for the match twice at 8-6 but was unable to convert as Wah took it 10-8.
The Malaysian came out strong in the fourth, hitting some brilliant winners and rushed to an 8-1 lead in a single hand. Ravi managed to claw six points back with some effective short kills but ultimately lost the game. The fifth was a very close tussle with both players going neck and neck, Ravi seemed to be fitter but Wah ran down everything. At 6-6, Ravi hit a back hand drop into the nick and a forehand drive clinger on the next rally to earn another match point, 8-6.  Wah came back with an amazing volley nick, but Ravi managed to pull it back again and won it this time with a forehand drive the Malaysian couldn’t return.
This maiden international victory was very special for National Champion Ravi, who shifted his base from Dhampur to the ICL Squash Academy in Chennai a year ago. “I have trained so hard to win an international event and I have done it!!’ He thanked the SRFI, his coaches at the ICL Academy and the Delhi Squash Association for all their support and effort and though exhausted, promised to give it his best at the British Junior starting on 2nd January.
There was more joy for the Indian contingent  as top seeded Mahesh Mangaonkar lifted the Boys U13 crown. Mahesh used all his experience to win the first game from 7-5 down. 11 year old American Dylan Murray ran for every ball, putting a lot of pressure of Mahesh, and played his heart out in the third, forcing Mahesh to make many unforced errors. Another close game in the fourth but Mahesh stepped on the pace and won it 9-7 to claim his sixth international junior title.

Saumya Karki was unable to make it a hat trick for the Indians, her Egyptian opponent Manat Allah Naser was very consistent and played well to defeat Saumya in straight games. Aparajitha Balamurukan defeated Sachika Balvani in straight games to win the all-Indian Girls U13 3rd/4th playoff.

All in all a great day for Asian Squash, with India and Hong Kong winning 2 gold each and Malaysia 3 – KEEP IT GOING ASIA !

GU13: Manat Allah Naser (Egy) bt [1] Saumya Karki (Ind) 9-0, 9-4, 9-0 (22m)
 3rd/4th: Aparajitha Balamurukan (Ind) bt Sachika Balvani (Ind) 9-1, 10-9, 9-0

BU13: [1] Mahesh Mangaonkar (Ind) bt [2] Dylan Murray (Usa) 9-7, 9-2, 5-9, 9-7 (46m)
 3rd/4th: Joshua Sekhar (Can) bt [3/4] Ahmed Alsarai (Jor) 9-7, 9-4, 9-7

GU15: [2] Wee Nee Low (Mas) bt [1] Yan Xin Tan (Mas) 3-9, 9-4, 9-6, 9-4
 3rd/4th: [3/4] Hannah Anthony (Sco) bt [5/8] Helena Muzi-Cohen (Fra) 9-0, 9-3, 9-2

BU15: [3/4] Ravi Dixit (Ind) bt Kah Wah Cheong (Mas) 9-4, 9-4, 8-10, 5-9, 9-6
 3rd/4th: Milles Zarazua R (Mex) bt Adam Engel (Can) 9-7, 9-2, 9-3

GU17: [2] Wee Wern Low (Mas) bt [9/16] Zoe Petrovansky (Aus) 9-3, 9-1, 9-4 (26m)
 3rd/4th: [5/8] Laura Gemmell (Can) bt [9/16] Samantha Cornett (Can) 9-1, 9-2, 9-1

BU17: [17/32] Ivan Yuen (Mas) bt [17/32] Kelly Shannon (Can) 9-6, 9-1, 9-1 (28m)
 3rd/4th: [5/8] Adam Murrils (Eng) bt Brian Hong (Can) 9-7, 9-5, 9-0

GU19: [3/4] Joey Chan (Hkg) bt [5/8] Joelle King (Nzl) 10-8, 9-5, 9-3 (24m)
 3rd/4th: Kerry Wickett (Nzl) bt [1] Victoria Lust (Eng) 9-6, 9-10, 9-3, 0-9, 9-0

BU19: [3/4] Max Lee (Hkg) bt [9/16] Rudi Willemse (Rsa) 9-4, 9-4, 9-6 (37m)
 3rd/4th: [9/16] Kam Hing Choong (Mas) bt [5/8] Michael Harris (Eng) 5-9, 9-7, 10-8, 9-0

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!!

One Response to Mahesh Mangaokar, Ravi Dixit win Scottish Squash Jr Open

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