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. 


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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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