World Junior Squash Championships – Day1

A good start to Day 1 for the Indian contingent at the 15th World Junior Squash Championships being held at Zurich, Switzerland.

Karan Malik started the day’s proceeding in emphatic style against Luke Sims from Australian playing very steadily using his reach extremely well to win in straight games 9-4, 9-4, 9-2.

Ramit Tandon went on next against Ahmed El Mehelmy from Egypt who was better than him. Ahmed was bigger in size and also proved to be superior in his fighting abilities winning both the first and second game after being 3-6 and 2-7 down. In both instances Ramit failed to capitalise on this lead and wore himself down as the game progressed. The final game was one sided with the Egyptian winning.

Once again in the evening round 2 match Karan used his reach to outmaneuver his opponent from USA, Adam Perkiomaki for a 3-0 victory.

Fifteen year old, Abhishek Pradhan going to court for the first time today having received a walk over in the morning came up against fourteen year old, Oliver Holland from England. Oliver was marginally better than Abhishek and had stretched Mahesh Mangaonkar to 5 games at the German Junior earlier this year. Today, Abhishek was fully charged up, was aggressive and retrieved everything that was thrown at him and whenever an opening arose put the ball away beautiful in the front. There were some high quality rallies by both juniors with Abhishek finishing the ball with some delightful drops. An outstanding performance by Abhishek and certainly the match of the day for the Indians.

Mahesh Mangaonkar our youngest member of the squad at fourteen also into the second round without playing a match came up against Ryan Mcconvey from Cayman Islands and easily handled the token resistance to win 3-0.

Vikram Malhotra, Aditya Jagtap, Ravi Dixit & Paramit Singh start their campaign tomorrow.

It was an excellent move by the SRFI to expose both youngsters Mahesh and Abhishek at the individual event in this tourney as they are not only gaining much valuable experience and exposure playing top opponents but getting to see what really is in store for them in a couple of years. “Looking at what is in display here I am convinced a top 4 position is definitely on the cards in 2010” said consultant coach – SRFI,  Maj. (R). Maniam.

Round 1

Karan Malik [IND] bt Luke Sims [AUS] 9-4 9-4 9-2

Mahesh Mangaonkar [IND] w/o Shedara Femi [NGR]

Abishek Pradhan [IND]  w/o Alain Mudeen [CAY]

Ramit Tandon [IND] lost to Ahmed El Mehelmy [EGY] 9-6 9-7 9-1

Round 2

Karan Malik [IND] bt Adam Perkiomaki [USA] 9-5 9-6 9-5

Mahesh Mangaonkar [IND] bt Ryan Mcconvey [CAY] 9-2 9-4 9-0

Abishek Pradhan [IND] bt Oliver Holland [ENG] 9-5 9-5 9-5


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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