British Junior Squash Open Day3

Mahesh Mangaonkar, the only Indian boy playing in the quarterfinals at the
British Junior Open, went down fighting to Pakistan’s Nematullah Khan in
straight games. It seemed a hard morning match had taken its toll on Mahesh
as he was unable to pull through. Earlier in the day Mahesh defeated
Egyptian Ahmed Abdel Latif 4-9, 2-9, 9-3, 9-2, 9-4 in a 45 min duel to move
to the quarterfinal. Mahesh came back from two games down, hitting great
lengths and delightful drops, making Ahmed scamper all around the court and
forcing him to commit errors. ‘So near yet so far’ was the feeling in the
Indian camp after the boys U15 round of 16 matches.

Ravi Dixit played good squash against Egyptian Mohd El Sherbeny but was
unable to close the match despite leading 8-6 in the fifth game. Ravi
looked in control throughout the match but made unforced errors at crucial
moments.  Ramit Tandon, playing the higher ranked Charles Sharpes from
England, was 8-2 up with the match tied at one game apiece. Charles hit his
way out of trouble with the help of four rolling nicks and three perfect
drives. In the fourth Ramit clawed back from 0-6 to take the lead 7-6, but
unfortunately it was just one of those days for the Indians and he too
could not convert his lead. Aditya Jagtap went down fighting to top seeded
Amr Khalid Khalifa.

It was a good day for the Indian girls, with all moving into the top 16
baring an ill Shria Khatri. Aparajitha, Anaka and Sachika won easily,
however Saumya and Ankita had to contend with five-game duels.
Boys u13 – Round of 16 Mahesh Mangaonkar bt Ahmed Abdel Latif 4-9,2-9, 9-3,
9-2, 9-4 {45m} Boys u13 – Quarterfinal Nematullah Khan bt Mahesh Mangaonkar
9-5, 10-9, 10-8
Boys u15 – Round of 16 Mohamed El Sherbeny (Egy) bt Ravi Dixit 9-3, 7-9,
4-9, 9-5, 10-8 {69m}
Charles Sharpes (Eng) bt Ramit Tandon 9-4, 5-9, 10-8, 9-7 {47m}
Amr Khalid Khalifa (Egy) bt Aditya Jagtap 9-2, 9-2, 9-2 {26m}

Girls u13 – Round 2
Aparajitha Blamurukan bt Eleanor Eppke (Eng) 9-0, 9-0, 9-1
Sachika Balvani bt Natalie Machin (Eng) 9-0, 9-1, 9-0
Anaka Alankamony bt Emma Payne  (Eng) 9-2, 9-0, 9-0S
aumya Karki bt Hayul Lala (Egy) 9-4, 8-10, 3-9, 9-2, 9-6
Shria Khatri lost to Emily Whitlock (Eng) 1-9, 1-9, 2-9

Girls u15 – Round 2
Ankita Sharma bt Julia Lecoq 9-1, 9-6, 6-9, 5-9, 9-1 {46m}

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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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