Hong Kong Junior (8-11 Aug’13)

Navaneeth Prabhu clinched the Boys Under 11 title at the Hong Kong Junior Open 2013 defeating local favourite Au Lap Man in a close 5 set encounter. Navaneeth lost the first and third game as his opponent played aggressively moving him to all corners. However, the supremely fit Navaneeth picked up all that was thrown at him and wore down his opponent winning his first international title this year (8-11),11-3,(9-11),11-8,11-8.
In the semi finals Navneeth beat country mate Neel Joshi 11-5,11-8,(3-11),11-9. In the Quarter finals he defeated Egyptian Eltorgman Salaheldin as in similar fashion, coming back from a game down to win the final game in the tie breaker (8-11),11-8,(9-11),11-5,14-12. It was a nail biting finish, where he had saved two match balls.
Navneeth was delighted with the result and wished to thank his parents, coaches at the Indian Squash Academy, the Squash Rackets Federation of India and his sponsor Mr. Iqbal Sait, Managing Director, Head of India Operations, Saggezza.
Unfortunately there was not more joy for the Indian camp when Mohammad Alsarraj, the Jordanian Squash star and top seed beat Adhitya Raghavan 3-1 (11-8 13-11 7-11 11-9) in the BU15 final. Adhitya also a trainee from the Indian Squash Academy battled all odds defeating higher ranked opponents in his quarterfinal and semi final going down to Alsarraj.

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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