WJM – Day 2

Vikram and Aditya move into the next round.

Vikram cruised to the round of 32 after defeating young Fahad B. Al-Ramezy from Kuwait and Joshua Larkin from Australia in straight games. Vikram had no problems in both matches and will be up against Petrucci Camille from France tomorrow.

Aditya too joined Vikram in the round of 32 but had to dig deep to overcome a determined Frederick Reid from Canada who used his volleys and drops to telling effect against the lanky Aditya who gave every ounce of his energy. It was Aditya’s sheer guts and great tactical play that saw him go through to the next round after 52min. Earlier in the morning, Aditya had another good win defeating Jo Wen from Malaysia in a hard fought four games.

Karan came up against Jo Lee of England. Though he lost it must be said Karan put up a brave fight. Yet again Abhishek had a sterling performance as he went down fighting to Australian team member Joshua Larkin in a hard five setter. Abhishek had match ball in the 3rd by scuttling and scurrying around the court and picked up all the balls throw by Joshua. As the match went longer Abhishek’s lost his rhythm and Joshua caught Abhishek often on his wrong foot.

Ravi Dixit, Paramit Singh and Mahesh Mangaonkar won their morning matches in straight games but were unable to win their evening matches against higher ranked opponents.

Main Draw Round 3

Vikram Malhotra [IND] bt Fahad B. Al-Ramezy [KUW] 9-0 9-2 9-1 20m

Ravi Dixit [IND] bt [ECU] 9-0 9-1 9-0 27m

Paramit Singh [IND] bt Fausto Gomez [ESP] 9-2 9-7 9-1 22m

Aditya Jagtap [IND] bt Jo Wen Ng [MAS] 9-4 9-5 2-9 9-4 46m

Mahesh Mangaonkar [IND] bt Dimitri Diamadopoulos [ITA] 9-0 9-3 9-1 19m

Joe Lee [5/8] [ENG] bt Karan Malik[IND] 9-0 9-6 9-0 27m

Joshua Larkin [AUS] bt Abishek Pradhan [IND] 4-9 4-9 10-8 9-1 9-1 69m

Main Draw Round 4

Aditya Jagtap [17/32] [IND] bt Frederick Reid [CAN] 9-0 9-4 7-9 10-8 52m

Vikram Malhotra [9/16] [IND]bt Joshua Larkin [AUS] 9-4 9-3 9-6 36m

Wael Farag [9/16] [EGY] bt Ravi Dixit [IND] 9-3 9-2 9-6 25m

Chun Ming Leo Au [9/16] [HKG] bt Paramit Singh [IND] 9-0 9-1 9-6 31m

Keagan Burkhart [NZL] bt Mahesh Mangaonkar [IND] 10-8 9-4 9-6 40m


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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