Pioneer Cup, Cologne (7-11 Jul’16)
Jul 12, 2016 Leave a comment
India’s top junior Yash Fadte did himself proud by finishing runner up in the boys U-15 category in the Pioneer Cup 2016, a super series junior event organised by the German Squash Federation in Cologne. He was the only Indian player this year to reach this high. In the final, Fadte went down fighting to the top seed English player Jared Carter in five games after leading 2-1 at one stage. Carter won 12-10, 6-11, 9-11,11-7, 14-12. The country’s number two ranked U-15 player, Fadte had a impressive run otherwise beating 5/8 seed Andre Igelbrink of Germany in the first round. Thereafter he got past Adam Jirousek (Cze) and Yassim Amir (USA) in the next two rounds. In the quarterfinal, the Indian brought down the second seed Miguel Mathis of Switzerland before sweeping aside the Egyptian challenger Ashraf Abdelnaby in the semi-final. As for the other Indians in the tournament, Abhay Singh lasted three rounds in the U-19 section, Rutwa Samant too went out in the third round and finished 7th in U-13 boys while the lone girl, Koel Shankar lasted just the first round in the U-17 category.