Anaka u-15 Asian Junior champ

Anaka Alankamony bagged India’s lone gold medal at the Asian Junior Squash Championship, while both Dipika Pallikal and Mahesh Mangaonkar settled for silver after losing their respective finals in the tournament which concluded in Busan, Korea. Anaka, the top seeded, beat Hong Kong’s Ho Ka Po 9-6, 9-6, 9-5 in the girls under-15 category final to clinch her eighth international title. “Down 1-6 in the first two games, Anaka hit some brilliant hard drives and delicate drops. She was made to move to all corners by Po but prevailed in the end,” national coach Cyrus Poncha said. After winning Anaka had this to say “I want to especially thank Mr. Ramachandran and Mr. Srivatsan from the federation, my coaches – Major Sir, Cyrus Sir, Bala Sir and Hariom Sir, my dad and mum, my grandmother – Sawrnammal, my school – Church Park Sacred Heart and my racket sponsor – Mr. Altaf from Black Knight.”

However, Dipika and Mahesh had to be content with runner-up finishes. Pallikal was outplayed 1-9, 6-9, 0-9 by top seed Malaysian Low Wee Wern in the under-19 girls final, Mangaonkar went down 4-9, 4-9, 3-9 to top seed Pakistan’s Nasir Iqbal in the under-15 boys event.

“Although we were unable to win two titles, it has been a great event,” Poncha said. Vikram Malhotra bagged a bronze for India in the boys under-19 category after winning the third-fourth place playoff. The other Indians finished in the following positions:
Girls u-15: Sachika Balvani (4th), Saumya Karki (6th), Aparajitha Balamurugan (7th)

Boys u-15: Abhishek Pradhan (6th), Vivek Dinodia (17th)

Girls u-19: Anwesha Reddy (8th), Harita Omprakash (13th)

Boys u-19: Vikram Malhotra (3rd), Ravi Dixit (7th), Paramit Singh (11th) Karan Malik (15th)

RESULTS:

Men’s U19 quarter-finals:
[1] Leo Au (HKG) bt Nelson Chan (HKG) 9-4, 9-4, 9-6
[5/8] Vikram Malhotra (IND) bt [3/4] Kamran Khan (MAS) 9-7, 9-3, 9-1
[3/4] Farhan Zaman (PAK) bt [5/8] Se Hyun Lee (KOR) 9-4, 9-3, 9-2
[2] Ivan Yuen (MAS) bt [5/8] Ravi Dixit (IND) 9-6, 9-2, 9-0

    Semi-finals:
[1] Leo Au (HKG) bt [5/8] Vikram Malhotra (IND) 10-8, 9-0, 9-1
[2] Ivan Yuen (MAS) bt [3/4] Farhan Zaman (PAK) 9-4, 9-6, 6-9, 9-3

    Final:
[1] Leo Au (HKG) bt [2] Ivan Yuen (MAS) 9-2, 5-9, 8-10, 9-5, 9-1
    Third place play-off:
[5/8] Vikram Malhotra (IND) bt [3/4] Farhan Zaman (PAK) 7-9, 9-1, 9-4, 8-10, 9-5

Women’s U19 quarter-finals:
[1] Low Wee Wern (MAS) bt [5/8] Tong Tsz Wing (HKG) 9-2, 9-3, 9-1
[3/4] Misaki Kobayashi (JPN) bt [5/8] Anwesha Reddy (IND) 9-2, 2-9, 9-1, 9-3
[5/8] Song Sun-Mi (KOR) bt [3/4] Low Wee Nee (MAS) 9-1, 9-6, 9-4
[2] Dipika Pallikal (IND) bt [5/8] Liu Tsz Ling (HKG) 10-8, 7-9, 9-4, 6-9, 9-4

    Semi-finals:
[1] Low Wee Wern (MAS) bt [3/4] Misaki Kobayashi (JPN) 9-1, 9-2, 9-3
[2] Dipika Pallikal (IND) bt [5/8] Song Sun-Mi (KOR) 9-1, 9-4, 7-9, 9-5
    Final:

[1] Low Wee Wern (MAS) bt [2] Dipika Pallikal (IND) 9-1, 9-6, 9-0
    Third place play-off:
[3/4] Misaki Kobayashi (JPN) bt [5/8] Song Sun-Mi (KOR) 10-8, 9-5, 9-7

Men’s U15 Quarter-finals:
[1] Nasir Iqbal (PAK) bt Abdulla Mohammed Al-Tamini (QAT) 9-3, 9-1, 5-9, 9-3
[3/4] Yip Tsz Fung (HKG) bt [5/8] Abishek Pradhan (IND) 8-10, 9-1, 9-4, 9-6
[3/4] Myhammad Addeen Bahtiar (MAS) bt [5/8] Go Young-Jo (KOR) 4-9, 9-1, 8-10, 9-5, 9-1
[2] Mahesh Mangaonkar (IND) bt [5/8] Darren Subramaniam (MAS) 8-10, 9-4, 9-6, 9-0

    Semi-finals:
[1] Nasir Iqbal (PAK) bt [3/4] Yip Tsz Fung (HKG) 9-2, 9-1, 9-1
[2] Mahesh Mangaonkar (IND) bt [3/4] Myhammad Addeen Bahtiar (MAS) 9-5, 9-6, 9-2

    Final:

[1] Nasir Iqbal (PAK) bt [2] Mahesh Mangaonkar (IND) 9-4, 9-4, 9-3
    Third place play-off:
[3/4] Yip Tsz Fung (HKG) bt [3/4] Myhammad Addeen Bahtiar (MAS) 9-4, 9-4, 6-9, 9-2

Women’s U15 Quarter-finals:
[1] Anaka Alankamony (IND) bt [5/8] Sue Ann Yong (MAS) 9-2, 9-7, 9-1
[3/4] Sachika Balvani (IND) bt Nadindi Udangawa (SRI) 9-1, 9-3, 9-2
[3/4] Ho Ka Po (HKG) bt [5/8] Saumya Karki (IND) 8-10, 9-2, 9-7, 10-8
[5/8] Lee Ka Yi (HKG) bt [2] Aprajitha Balamurukan (IND) 8-10, 9-2, 9-5, 9-1

    Semi-finals:
[1] Anaka Alankamony (IND) bt [3/4] Sachika Balvani (IND) 9-6, 9-6, 9-0
[3/4] Ho Ka Po (HKG) bt [5/8] Lee Ka Yi (HKG) 1-9, 9-1, 9-5, 9-1

    Final:
[1] Anaka Alankamony (IND) bt [3/4] Ho Ka Po (HKG) 9-6, 9-6, 9-5
    Third place play-off:
[5/8] Lee Ka Yi (HKG) bt [3/4] Sachika Balvani (IND) 9-7, 9-4, 9-4

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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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