Bronze For Velavan at the Commonwealth Youth Games

Velavan Senthilkumar won a bronze medal in the boys singles event at the squash event of the Commonwealth Youth Games being held in Samoa.

It did not matter that the Tamil Nadu boy Velavan got the medal on a platter after his losing semifinalist opponent Israr Ahamad of Pakistan reported sick and could not take the court. Earlier Velavan failed to spring any surprise against the top seed Ng Eain Yeow of Malaysia, who has a crisp game and gave little away. Vela matched him for a while in the first game. But better staying power saw the Malaysian cruise to a comfortable win. The scoreline was 11-7, 11-3, 11-7.

Israr had earlier conceded his semi-final match against England’s Patrick Rooney citing illness and could not recover for the bronze medal match.

Results:
Boys
Third place play-off:
Velavan Senthilkumar (IND) bt [3/4] Israr Ahmed (PAK) w/o
Semi-finals:
[1] Eain Yow Ng (MAS) bt Velavan Senthilkumar (IND) 11-7, 11-3, 11-7
Quarter-finals:
Velavan Senthilkumar (IND) bt [3/4] Luke Jones (NZL) 12-10, 3-11, 11-6, 11-5
1st round:
Velavan Senthilkumar (IND) bt Jason Doyle (SVG) 11-4, 11-4, 11-6

Girls
Quarter-finals:
Sadia Gul (PAK) bt [3/4] Harshit Jawanda (IND) 7-11, 14-12, 11-8, 11-9
1st round:
[3/4] Harshit Jawanda (IND) bt Susanna Armano (BER) 11-2, 11-5, 11-8

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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