Men’s World Junior Championship 2011, Herentals, Belgium (13-17 July’11)

The Egyptian continued their battle for supremacy winning the top 4 positions at the World Juniors Championships. The number one seed and defending champion Amr Khalifa was upset in the semi finals by the 3/4 seed Mohd. Abouelghel who thereafter lost in the final to no 2 seed Mohd. Shorbagy. 

Ramit Tandon finished in 5th position defeating team mate Mahesh Mangaonkar in an enthralling 5 set duel. Earlier in the play off Mahesh was given walkover by his English opponent  Decclan James while Ramit defeated Englishman James Earles  3-0.

This is the best ever result India has attained in World Junior Individual Championship. Effectively we were the second best team at this World Championship.

1st round:

Kush Kumar (IND) bt Marc ter Sluis (NED) 11-4, 10-12, 8-11, 11-1, 11-0 (43m)

[5/8] Ramit Tandon (IND) bt Aqeel Ashkanani (KUW) 11-7, 11-6, 11-4 (23m)

Abhishek Pradhan (IND) bt Remo Handl (SUI) 11-9, 11-5, 11-1 (22m)

[5/8] Mohamed Abouelghar (EGY) bt Vrishab Kotian (IND) 11-5, 11-4, 11-3 (22m)

[9/16] Mahesh Mangaonkar (IND) bt Thomas Dembinski (USA) 11-1, 11-1, 11-4 (27m)

2nd round:

[1] Amr Khaled Khalifa (EGY) bt Kush Kumar (IND) 11-4, 11-3, 11-1 (22m)

[5/8] Ramit Tandon (IND) bt Abdulla Al-Tamimi (QAT) 11-5, 11-8, 11-9 (31m)

Abhishek Pradhan (IND) bt [9/16] Michael McCue (CAN) 9-11, 11-9, 11-1, 11-7 (38m)

[9/16] Mahesh Mangaonkar (IND) bt Cedric Kuchen (SUI) 11-2, 11-4, 11-5 (24m)

3rd round:

[5/8] Ramit Tandon (IND) bt Abhishek Pradhan (IND) 11-6, 8-11, 11-3, 11-8 (33m)

[9/16] Mahesh Mangaonkar (IND) bt [9/16] Nicholas Hopcroft (ENG) 11-8, 11-5, 11-4 (32m)


[1] Amr Khaled Khalifa (EGY) bt [5/8] Ramit Tandon (IND) 11-7, 11-7, 17-15 (51m)

[2] Marwan El Shorbagy (EGY) bt [9/16] Mahesh Mangaonkar (IND) 11-7, 9-11, 13-11, 11-8 (62m)


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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