Mahesh is Champ !!

Mahesh Mangaonkar became only the third Indian male to win the in the British Junior Open title after he defeated Oliver Holland from England in 4 games. Anil Nayar and Saurav Ghosal had lifted the Drysdale Cup (Boys under 19 title) while Mahesh became the first Indian to win the Boys under 15 category. Mahesh played a terrific game, and even though he dropped the third set to his English opponent, he managed to get back and emerge as the champion. Aggressive shots to the front was his forte and Oliver was not able to have an answer to his shots making errors frequently.  
Kush Kumar, on the other hand, ended his dream run in the tournament as the runner up in the Boys under 13, but yet, his showcasing of his stroke play and tactics on court have left almost everyone with their eyes wide. Kush had the match in his grasp against Amr Aboul Souad from Egypt,  when he was leading 2-1 in games and 7-3 in the fourth game, only 4 points from the title. But it was not to be, Kush got defensive and seemed to be under pressure hence unable to close the match. There was no looking back for Amr as he raced to a 5-2 lead in the decider, although Kush clawed his way back, it was too late losing 7-11 in 41 minutes. 
Dipika Pallikal too went down in the girls under 19 final against top seeded Wee Wern Low, from Malaysia. Wee Wern was consistent and frustrated Dipika with her tight length luring her into making errors. Dipika pulled back the third game but was unable to hold on in the fourth game going down in 42 minutes.   
Mahesh Mangaonkar bt Oliver Holland (Eng)  11-5, 7-11, 11-5, 12-10 (40m)
Kush Kumar lost to Amr Aboul Souad (Egy)  7-11, 11-7, 11-9, 9-11, 7-11 (41m)
Dipika Pallikal lost to Wee Wern Low (Mal)  2-11, 8-11, 11-8, 8-11 (42m)

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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