Sub Junior / Junior National C’ship (27 Oct – 1 Nov’14)

SQUASH WINNERS_1Kush Kumar of Tamil Nadu graduated to the senior level with his ninth national title after he claimed the Under-19 boys trophy outing Vijay Kumar 11-5 11-7 11-6 in the Junior Squash Nationals, held in Chennai from 27 October – 1 November 2014.

Meanwhile, Delhi’s Harshit Kaur Jwanda retained her Under-19 girls title with a hard fought victory against Lakshya Ragavendran. Harshit was two games down against Lakshya Ragavendran, the top seed, but she held on to her nerves to register a come from behind victory, 9-11 10-12 11-8 11-4 11-7.

Abhisheka Shannon, seeded 3/4 became the new champion in the girls Under-11 category. Shannon took time to settle down before setting aside the challenge of top seed Diksha Aurubindo of Tamil Nadu.

Yet another creditable effort came from Adya Advani, the second seed in the girls U-17 section, as she toppled the top seeded Akanksha Salunkhe of Goa in five games.

Overall Tamil Nadu, Delhi & Maharashtra shared the honours with 3 Gold medals each with Goa picking up 1 Gold medal.

Results:

Boys (U-19): Kush Kumar (1) (TN) bt Vijay Kumar (2) (TN) 11-5, 11-7, 11-6.

U-17: Velavan Senthilkumar (1) (TN) bt Robin Singh Mann (5/8) (Del) 11-7 11-1 11-6.

U-15: Tushar Shahani (1) (Mah) bt Chitanya Shah (2) (Mah) 11-9 11-9 11-8.

U-13: Yash Fadte (1) (Goa) bt Advait Adik (3/4) (Mah) 11-8 13-11 11-2.

U-11: Jeh Pandole (1) (Mah) bt Shreyas Mehta (2) (Mah) 11-9 15-13 11-5.

Girls (U-19): Harishit Kaur Jawanda (2) (Del) bt Lakshya Ragavendran (1) (TN) 9-11 10-12 11-8 11-4 11-7.

U-17: Adya Advani (2) (Del) bt Akanksha Salunkhe (1) (Goa) 11-7 6-11 11-6 3-11 11-9.

U-15: Nikita Joshi (1) (Mah) bt Amita Gondi (5/8) (AP) 11-6 11-9 11-3.

U-13: Megha Bhatia (2) (Del) bt Ananya Dabke (5/8) (Mah) 12-10 12-14 11-9 7-11 11-6.

U-11: Abhisheka Shannon (3/4) (TN) bt Diksha Aurobindo (1) (TN) 7-11 11-8 11-7 11-7.

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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