PBA (Penang) Malaysian Junior (22-27Aug’16)

Kaavya Bansal was the pick among girls and Rutvik Rau shone in the boys among the five Indians who took part in the event.  Kaavya, who was seeded two, had a first round bye. Her first victim was local girl K. Vitrikashenie in the second round (11-2, 11-1, 11-9). Kaavya then got past Vinikashenie 11-4, 11-3,11-4 next and in the quarterfinal the Indian faced a fight from the Hong Kong girl Weng Yi Ching before prevailing 11-8, 12-10,6-11, 11-9. However Kaavya could not sustain her tempo in the semi-final where the third seed C. Sashmini shocke her in straight games 11-8,11-9, 11-5. In the play off, the Indian fell to the top seed Hong Kong player Lee Sze Lok to place fourth. 

Rutvik however did not get that far in the Boys under-17 section. Seeded nine, Rutvik had an easy first round win over Viknsh Balasubramaniam (Malaysia) 11-3, 11-5, 11-4 and did well in the next too with a comfortable 11-6, 11-7, 11-9 effort over Malaysia’s Liaw Juin Wuen. Iran’s eighth seed Jafar Zadeh Muhammad Reza was his victim for the quarterfinal passsage. The Indian won 11-8, 11-9, 11-6. Rutvik’s stay ended there with top seed Siow Yee Xian, again of Malaysia downing him 12-10, 11-6, 11-7.Rutvik went on to finish 6th overall.

Results of the others: Boys: U-13: Ist round: Shreyas Mehta bt Lo Pak Hei (HK) 11-6, 11-8, 11-4; II nd round: lost to Ameeshanraj Chandran (MAS) 22-24, 11-8, 9-11, 6-11

Girls: U-15:Ist round: Tanaya Parakh lost to Farzana (Mas) 8-11, 4-11, 3-11; U-13: Ist round: Tagyaa Parakh bt Madoka Fukumoto (Jpn) 11-1, 11-3, 11-9; II nd round: lost to Lucie Stefanoni (USA) 0-11, 0-11, 4-11

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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