5th Indian Junior Open, Chennai (27-31 Aug’13)

The players of the Indian Squash Academy claimed 5 titles and dominated proceedings at the 5th Indian Junior Squash Championship. Malaysia and Hong Kong shared 2 titles each, while the 6th title for India came from 5/8 seeded Krish Kapur of West Bengal.

This edition witnessed 419 entries from Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, Nepal, New Zealand, USA and India.

National junior champion & 2nd Asian Youth Games Champion, Kush Kumar was in devastating form to defeat his training partner Deepak Mishra in 3 sets games, to lift the under 19 boys title. Kush volleyed and dropped 2 perfection making Deepak scramble all over the  court. This is his 3rd consecutive Indian Junior Open Title.
 
Lakshya Ragavendra claimed her first Girls under 19 title routing 2nd seeded Urwashi Joshi from Maharashtra. Lakshya’s hard hitting abilities rattled Urwashi who had no answer through out the match.

The biggest upset of the day was when Krish Kapur from West Bengal seeded 5/8 defeated 2nd seeded Robin Singh Mann from Delhi in a very close four games. Krish & Robin rallied extensively to share the first 2 games. Krish won the decisive 3rd game in extra point and won the 4th game comfortably.
 
The prizes were given away by the Srivatsan Subramaniam, Secretary General – Squash Rackets Federation of India. 

The Sub Junior/Junior National Squash Championship will be the next major event to be held at The Daly College, Indore from 25th to 30th October 2013. 

RESULTS:

BU11
Final
Navaneeth Prabhu (1), TN, def. Neel Joshi (2), MH, 11-5 6-11 11-6 8-11 11-5 .

BU13
Final
Mohd. Hafiz Zhafri (1), Malaysia, def. Yash Fadte (5/8), Goa, 11-6 11-6 12-10 .

BU15
Final
Krish Kapur (5/8), WB, def. Robin Singh Mann (2), DEL, 14-12 12-14 12-10 11-3 .

BU17
Final
Velavan Senthil Kumar (2), TN, def. Sandeep Ramachandran (1), TN, 11-8 11-3 10-12 11-5 .

BU19
Final
Kush Kumar (1), TN, def. Deepak Mishra (2), TN, 11-3 11-6 11-3 .

GU11
Final
Jessica Keng Jia Hui (1), Malaysia, def. Vasundhra Vasanthan (2), Malaysia, 11-7 11-5 11-9 .

GU13
Final
Samita Sivakumar (3/4), TN, def. Navmi Sharma (5/8), MH, 13-11 6-11 11-9 6-11 11-5 .

GU15
Final
Cheng Nga Ching (2), Hongkong, def. Akanksha Salunkhe (1), Goa, 7-11 11-9 11-4 10-12 11-7 .

GU17
Final
Ho Ka Wing (2), Hongkong, def. Mayuri Namasivayam (3/4), TN, 11-7 11-3 11-8 .

GU19
Final
Lakshya Ragavendran (3/4), TN, def. Urwashi Joshi (2), MH, 11-9 11-3 11-4 .

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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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