Ravi, Mahesh & Saumya in Scottish Final

Ravi Dixit playing his first European event reached ,the finals at the Scottish Junior Open played at the Heriot – Watt University in Edinburgh in a dramatic 5-game tussle. Down two games he came up trumps by sheer grit in his match against Mexico’s Milles Zarazua R which lasted well over an hour. Ravi played some outstanding drops throughout the match which were retrieved by his opponent, but Ravi proved the fitter and won the deciding game. Earlier in the day Ravi defeated Allaa Radwan of Egypt 10-9, 9-1, 9-1 in 25 minutes.
Top seeded Mahesh charged into the final of the Boys U13. In his semi final encounter he defeated Joshua Sekhar of Canada 9-3, 9-2, 10-8 in 30 minutes. Having reached the finals two years ago in the under 11 category Mahesh will play Dylan Murray of the USA, which will certainly be a close encounter
Saumya Karki defeated country mate Aparajitha Balamurukan to enter the Girls U13 final. Aparajitha played some good winners to take a two game lead however could not keep up the tempo and Saumya leveled the match. Once again Aparajitha led 6-1 and 8-6 in the fifth but was unable to close the match. Both girls played good squash and was a pity one had to lose. In the other semi final Sachika Balvani lost to Egypt’s Manat Allah Naser in straight games. The Egyptian, who was a semi finalist at last years British Open, earlier defeated Anaka Alankamony in four games
Semi final results:
Girls U13 : [1] Saumya Karki bt [3/4] Aparajitha Balamurukan 7-9, 1-9, 9-3, 9-3, 10-8; Manat Allah Naser (Egy) bt [3/4] Sachika Balvani  9-2, 9-2, 9-3
Boys U15: Ravi Dixit bt Milles Zarazua R (Mex) 7-9, 5-9, 9-6 , 9-4 , 9-6
Boys U13: [1] Mahesh Mangaonkar bt Joshua Sekhar (Can) 9-3, 9-2, 10-8

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 Ravi, Mahesh & Saumya in Scottish Final

  1. Sports Snob says:

    hey Cyrus. we would like to get in touch with you for an interview. Could you give us your email address…

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