XIX Commonwealth Games (Singles), Delhi 4-8 October ‘10

With 9 of the top 20 players in the PSA & WISPA world rankings, Saurav & Joshana lived up to their seeding bowing out to higher ranked Peter Barker and Nicol David resp. Read more of this post

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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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Dipika enters the semis of World Junior Women

Dipika moves into the semi finals  where she meets Nour El Tayeb
[2] Dipika Pallikal bt [5] Kanzy El Dafrawy 9/11, 11/9, 11/2, 12/10
[3] Amanda Sobhy beat [8] Anaka Alankamony 12/10, 11/4, 11/6 Read more of this post

World Junior Women Day 2

DAY 2 – DIPIKA & ANAKA IN THE QUARTERFINALS

Dipika Pallikal and Anaka Alankamony from India joined 4 Egyptians and 2 girls from USA in the quarterfinals at the World Junior Women’s Individual Squash Championships in Cologne, Germany. This is the first time ever 2 Indians will feature in the quarterfinals at the World Championship. Read more of this post

World Junior Women’s, Cologne, Germany 25-29 June ’10

DAY 1 – DIPIKA & ANAKA ADVANCE TO TOP 16
Dipika Pallikal and Anaka Alankamony moved into the round of 16 at the World Junior Women’s Individual Squash Championships in Cologne, Germany. Dipika disposed off Katie Tutrone from the USA with ease while Anaka had to work for her straight sets victory against Ashley Tidman from France. Dipika is up against Salmy Hany from Egypt tomorrow, who had defeated Dipika early this year at the British Junior Open. Anaka is slotted to play Columbian Catalina Pealez  in her next round.
It was a mixed day for the Indian contingent as Aparajitha Balamurukan & Anwesha Reddy lost to higher ranked opponents. Read more of this post

Women’s World Junior Squash Championships 2010, Cologne

Click here for the latest news on the Women’s World Junior Squash Championships 2010 which is from  25 June  to 29 June  in Cologne, Germany. Dipika Pallikal  seeded #2, Anaka Alkamony #8, Aparajitha B & Anwesha Reddy make up the  Indian team. At the last championship India finished 3rd

Hong Kong and Pakistan win Asian Squash Teams

Pakistan and Hong Kong China emerged winners of the men’s and women’s team events at the Asian squash championships on Saturday. Pakistan snuffed out Malaysia’s hopes of a title defence in two matches while Hong Kong China brushed aside India’s feeble opposition with a similar scoreline.

In the women’s event, India was outplayed by a resurgent Hong Kong China, a team the host had beaten in the league stage. Anaka Alankamony fought gallantly against Joey Chan, splitting the first two games and racing to 7-3 in the third. From then, Chan won six successive points to reach 9-7 and closed the game 11-9. A 9-3 lead in the fourth game was too much for her opponent to surmount as Chan sealed it 11-7. Joshna Chinappa (WISPA rank 31) experienced a 25-minute pasting at the hands of World. No. 18 Rebecca Chiu in the second match. Read more of this post

Hong Kong beat India at Asian squash finals

Hong Kong 2-0 India
Joey Chan Ho-ling 3-1 Anaka Alankamony
Rebecca Chiu Wing-yin 3-0 Joshna Chinappa

Indian women enter finals

Indian women entered the final of the team event of the Asian squash championship after an eight-year interval with a polished win against Korea in the semi-finals here Friday and will clash with Hong Kong who upstaged fancied Malaysia. The Indian women have every chance of annexing the title tomorrow as they had beaten Hong Kong in the league stage. India had last made the final in 2002, but lost.

Young Anaka Alakamony set the ball rolling for the Indians when she beat Kim Ga Hye 11-8, 11-3, 11-8 in just 20 minutes. National champion Joshna Chinappa followed by taking the second singles with a 11-2, 11-4, 11-8 rout of Song Sun Mi in 22 minutes to clinch the issue.

In the other semi-final, Hong Kong bounced back after losing the opening singles to beat Malaysia l Read more of this post

India enter Asian Squash Team Semis

Indian men and women entered the semi finals at the Asian Championship, Chennai. World number 31, Joshna Chinappa beat higher seeded Rebeca Chiu of Hong Kong 3-1 to help India top Group-B with a clean slate and set up a clash against Korea in the semifinal of the team events of the Asian Squash Championships. Chinappa thus avenged her loss to Chiu loss in the individual event a few days ago, winning 11-4, 11-7, 4-11, 11-7 in 25 minutes Read more of this post