Asian Juniors & Masters, Colombo, Sri Lanka 7-10 July ’10

Ravi Dixit created history today by becoming the first Indian male to win an Asian Squash title at the Asian Junior Individual Championship held at Colombo, Sri Lanka from 7-10 July 2010.

Ravi Dixit, a product of the Indian Squash Academy, made history by becoming the first Indian to win the Under-19 boys’ title in the Asian junior squash championship (Individuals) in Colombo on Saturday. Dixit played and won what easily must have been the best match of his career. Down two games and staring at defeat with a match point down against the second seed Pakistan player Waqas Mehboob, the Indian fought back splendidly to defy all odds. Dipika got over a brief phase of uncertainty when her concentration lagged to put it across Malaysia’s Low Wee Nee in four games 11-8, 12-10, 10-12, 11-8. In the previous edition, Dipika had lost to Nee’s sister Wern in the final. Dipika became the first player ever to win both the u15 & u19 Asian title.

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German Junior Open, 15-18 April 2010

Aditya Jagtap lives up to his seeding going down in the semifinals of the German Junior Open Squash Championships. In the quarter finals he beat Zahed of Egypt in a 5 set encounter before losing to the eventual winner Amr Khaled from Egypt 11-2, 11-2, 15-13.  Read more of this post

Welsh Junior Open, Cardiff (12-14 Mar’10)

Junior National champion Aditya Jagtap returned to Cardiff to retain the title he won for the first time last year.
In the final Aditya defeated 16-year-old Egyptian Marwan El Shorbagy, a 3/4 seed who upset England’s second seed Tom Dwyer in the semi-finals. Read more of this post

French Junior Open, Lille (21-24 Feb ’10)

Indian National Junior champ Aditya Jagtap lost in the  quarters to top seed Rudi Rohrmuller at the French Junior 2010. Read more of this post

Indian boys create history

India stuns France 2-1  to reach the World Team semi finals for the 1st time ever!!!

Well done Vikram, Aditya, Ravi and Ramit.

India enters the semis for the first time

India enters the semis for the first time

Pioneer Junior Open

Mahesh Mangaokar reached the quarters, Shravan Kaul reached the prequarters, Aditya Jagtap, Rishi Jalan lost in the earlier rounds.

German Junior Squash Open – Day3

Gu13 Anaka Alankamony lost to Haidi Lala 9/5 5/9 2/9 9/3 0/9 Runner up
Bu15 Aditya Jagtap beat Daniel Mekbib 9/0 9/5 1/9 9/6 Winner

Gu17 Anwesha Reddy 5th, Bu15 Ramit Tandon 5th

German Junior Squash Open – Day2

Bu15 Semifinal: James Earles lost to Aditya Jagtap 5/9 0/9 6/9
Quarterfinal: Alex Bowden lost to Aditya Jagtap  9/5 0/9 9/10 4/9, James Earles bt Ramit Tandon 10/8 9/2 6/9 9/5

Gu17 Quarterfinal: Nouran Alaa El Torky bt Anwesha Reddy 9/5 9/3 9/1

Gu13 Quarterfinal: Anaka Alankamony bt Josefine Kraus 9/1 9/0 9/0

Aparijita and Harita lost their pre quarter matches

German Junior Squash Open

Ten promising Indian junior squash players are taking part in the German Junior Open being held from May 4 to 6. In the boys category those participating include Yash Bhansali (U-13), Aditya Jagtap, Adesh Bhansali and Ramit Tandon (U-15), Karan Malik (U-17) and Sujat Barua (U-19). The girls team include Anaka Alankamony (U-13), Aparajitha Balamurukan (U-15), Harita Omprakash and Anwesha Reddy (U-17). Anaka, Aditya, Ramit, Aparajitha, Harita and Anwesha had a good outing on Day1

“Ramit and Aparajitha, who were also the runner-up in the same event held last year, are quite confident this time too,” coach Cyrus Poncha said. “India’s performance in the junior circuit last year was evident with Indians winning the U-13 category. Our experiment with success continues this year too with more promising junior players headed for this championship”.

British Junior Squash Open Day3

Mahesh Mangaonkar, the only Indian boy playing in the quarterfinals at the
British Junior Open, went down fighting to Pakistan’s Nematullah Khan in
straight games. It seemed a hard morning match had taken its toll on Mahesh
as he was unable to pull through. Earlier in the day Mahesh defeated
Egyptian Ahmed Abdel Latif 4-9, 2-9, 9-3, 9-2, 9-4 in a 45 min duel to move
to the quarterfinal. Mahesh came back from two games down, hitting great
lengths and delightful drops, making Ahmed scamper all around the court and
forcing him to commit errors. ‘So near yet so far’ was the feeling in the
Indian camp after the boys U15 round of 16 matches.

Ravi Dixit played good squash against Egyptian Mohd El Sherbeny but was
unable to close the match despite leading 8-6 in the fifth game. Ravi
looked in control throughout the match but made unforced errors at crucial
moments.  Ramit Tandon, playing the higher ranked Charles Sharpes from
England, was 8-2 up with the match tied at one game apiece. Charles hit his
way out of trouble with the help of four rolling nicks and three perfect
drives. In the fourth Ramit clawed back from 0-6 to take the lead 7-6, but
unfortunately it was just one of those days for the Indians and he too
could not convert his lead. Aditya Jagtap went down fighting to top seeded
Amr Khalid Khalifa.

It was a good day for the Indian girls, with all moving into the top 16
baring an ill Shria Khatri. Aparajitha, Anaka and Sachika won easily,
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