Indians on a roll in Scotland; Karan reaches Maiden International final

Unseeded Karan Malik defied all odds to reach the finals at the Scottish Junior Open here in Edinburgh. With the semi final stage reached in all categories except the boys u17, Karan had to play two matches today. In his quarter final match, Karan was up against 3/4 seed Robert Downer from England. Down by 2 games and having saved a match ball in the third game, Karan rallied to level the score and win in an exhilarating 5 sets 9-10, 6-9, 10-8, 9-5, 9-5. In the match which lasted 62min, Karan moved Robert to the front corners of the court with his boast and delicate volley drops. In his semi final, Karan needed another 5 games to defeat Arjun Gupta from Canada. This was another hour long match with both players keeping the ball in play and waiting for their openings. Arjun down 1-2 levelled the match with his sheer grit. In the fifth Karan came on strong and did not let Arjun into the game, the final score read 9-6, 1-9, 9-7, 5-9, 9-2. This is Karan’s first final in an International tournament.
It was certainly a happy day for Indian squash.  Karan was joined in the final by his ICL Squash Academy team mates Aparajitha (Girls u15), Anwesha (Girls u17) & Harinderpal (Boys u19). Mahesh Mangaonkar from Mumbai & Sandeep Ramachandran from Dubai also joined the party.
Aparajitha toppled the top seed Emily Heyes from England 9-2, 9-5, 10-9. In the final, Aparajitha will meet Tamika Saxby from Australia who has a 1-0 record against her. Anwesha and Harinder once again put up a top class show. Both players dominated their match from the start and never let their opponents take an advantage in the game. Anwesha defeated Samantha Cornett from Canada 9-3, 9-5, 9-5 and Harinder defeated Andrew Martin from South Africa 9-5, 9-3, 9-4 (45m)Mahesh also got the better of 3/4 seed Douglas Kempsell from Scotland in straight games 9-3, 9-4, 9-5
Last year Ravi Dixit (Boys u15) and Mahesh Mangaonkar (Boys u13) were the 2 winners from India.  With 6 in the final fray, we are confident to go better!!

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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