British Junior Open Squash Finals

G13 Yathreb Adel (Egy) bt Salma Hani (Egy) 11/7, 11/8, 3/11, 11/8 (39m) 
B13 Amr Aboul Souad (Egy) bt Kush Kumar (Ind) 11/7, 7/11, 9/11, 11/9, 11/7 (41m)

G15 Nour El Sherbeny (Egy) bt Kanzy El Defrawy (Egy) 11/6, 11/6, 10/12, 4/11, 11/4 (42m) 
B15 Mahesh Mangaonkar (Ind) bt Oliver Holland (Eng) 11/5, 7/11, 11/5, 12/10 (40m)

G17 Nour El Tayeb (Egy) bt Nouran El Torky (Egy) 12/10, 11/8, 11/6 (24m)
B17 Amr Khalid Khalifa (Egy) bt Danish Atlas Khan (Pak) 11/5, 11/3, 14/12 (40m)

G19 Wee Wern Low (Mas) bt Dipika Pallikal (Ind) 11/2, 11/8, 8/11, 11/8 (42m) 
B19 Mohamed El Shorbagy (Egy) bt Ivan Yuen (Mas) 11/8, 11/7, 13/11 (33m)

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Dunlop British Open, Final

[3] Rachael Grinham (Aus) bt [1] Nicol David (Mas)7/9, 4/9, 9/3, 10/8, 9/1 (87m)
[3] Gregory Gaultier (Fra) bt [4] Thierry Lincou (Fra) 11/4, 10/12, 11/6, 11/3 (63m)

Dunlop British Open

Saurav Ghosal was the only Indian to make the main draw, Ritwik Bhattacharya and Joshna Chinappa lost in the qualifiers. Saurav  however lost to #8 seed Stewart Boswell in straight games.

British Junior Squash Open Playoffs

Saumya Karka and Anaka A. with CyrusIt is truly a great performance for the Indian girls at the British Open to attain the 3rd and 4th positions in the under 13 age group. This is the first time we have had two players in the semi finals, we all used to think the Egyptians girls are much better than us, but our young bunch is knocking on the door. Anaka Alankamony bt  Saumya Karki 9-4, 9-2, 9-3 in 21 min.

British Junior Squash Open Finals

B13: Nasir Iqbal {Pak} bt Fadi Tharwat {Egy} 9/4, 10/9, 9/5 {41m}
B15: Amr Khalid Khalifa {Egy} bt Nousherwan {Pak} 9/3, 9/5, 9/2 {38m}
B17: Mohamed El Shourbagy {Egy} bt Andrew Wagih {Egy} 9/4, 9/3, 9/3 {40m}
B19: Omar Mosaad {Egy} bt Aamir Atlas Khan {Pak} 9/5, 6/9, 9/2, 9/2 {62m}
G13: Nour El Sherbeny {Egy} bt Salma Esmat {Egy} 9/0, 9/3, 9/1 {21m}
G15: Olivia Blatchford {Usa} bt Wee Nee Low {Mas} 9/5, 6/9, 2/9, 9/7, 9/2 {39m}
G17: Heba El Torky {Egy} bt Alia Balbaa {Egy} 9/1, 9/6, 9/1 {22m}
G19: Raneem El Weleily {Egy} bt Camille Serme {Fra} 9/2, 9/2, 6/9, 3/9, 9/1 {48m}

British Junior Squash Open Semis

Girl’s U13: 1* Nour El Sherbeny {Egypt} bt 5/8*Anaka Alankamony {Ind} 9-4, 9-5, 9-2 {25m}; 3/4* Salma Esmat {Egypt} bt  2* Saumya Karki {Ind} 9-3, 9-2, 9-6 {21m}

Boy’s U19 : 1* Amir Atlas Khan {Pak} bt 9/16* Farzan Rashid {Pak} 9-5, 9-1, 9-2 {26m}; 2* Omar Mosaad {Egy} bt 17/32* Rudi Willemse {SA} 9-4, 9-2, 9-3 {28m}

Boy’s U17 : 3/4* Andrew Wagih {Egy} bt 5/8* Ahmed Osama Hawas {Egy} 10-8, 9-2, 9-6 {45m}; 3/4* Andrew Wagih {Egy} bt 5/8* Ahmed Osama Hawas {Egy} 10-8, 9-2, 9-6 {45}

Boy’s U15 : 1* Amr Khalid Khalifa {Egy} bt 17/32* Owais Khan {Pak} 9-0, 9-2, 9-2 {20m}; 9/16* Nousherwan {Pak} bt 2* Danish Atlas Khan {Pak} 5-9, 10-8, 9-10, 9-5, 9-5 {42m}

Boy’s U13 : 1* Nasir Iqbal {Pak} bt 3/4* Oliver Holland {Eng} 9-4, 9-3, 9-0 {19m}; 2* Fadi Tharwat {Egy} bt 5/8* Nematullah Khan {Pak} 9-4, 9-3, 9-2 {28m}

Girl’s U19 : 1* Raneem El Weleili {Egy} bt 5/8* Joelle King {New Zealand} 9-7, 9-3, 8-10, 9-4 {34m}; 2* Camille Serme {Fra} bt 9/16* Sina Wall {Ger} 9-1, 9-2, 9-1 {21m}

Girl’s U17 : 3/4* Heba El Toky {Egy} bt 1* Wee Wern Low {Mal} 9-3, 9-6, 0-9, 7-9, 9-3 {52m}; 2* Alia Balbaa {Egy} bt 3/4* Laura Gemmell {Can} 9-6, 4-9, 9-3, 9-2 {50m}

British Junior Squash Open Day4

Two Indian girls entered the semis of the under 13 event. Anaka Alankamony played the match of her life to overcome Egypt’s Kanzy El Dafrawy in a five-game thriller. Losing the first, the second was neck and neck all the way with Kanzy piping Anaka 10-9. From there on Anaka turned the tables, playing flawless squash dominated the next 3 games and entered the the semi-finals. A quarterfinalist in last year’s edition, Anaka has shown improvement and has gone at least one better this time. Tomorrow morning she plays another Egyptian, top seeded Nour El Sherbeny. Anaka bt Kanzy El Dafrawy {Egypt} 2-9, 9-10, 9-7, 9-2, 9-3 {45m}

In an all Indian quarterfinal, Saumya Kakri entered the semi finals, defeating Sachika Balvani in straight games, and tomorrow plays Egypt’ Salma Esmat. Saumya bt Sachika 9-6, 9-6, 10-9 {37m}.

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,
however Saumya and Ankita had to contend with five-game duels. Read more of this post

British Junior Squash Open Day2

Ramit Tandon came up with his best squash in the past few months to defeat Malaysia’s Cheong Kah Wah in an exhilarating 5-game, 65 minutes encounter. This victory is sweet revenge for 14-year old Ramit, who had lost to Cheong in straight games last week in at the Scottish Open and also at the Asian Junior Individual Championship in June 2006.

Losing the first game 6-9, Ramit came back strongly to win the second. Although the game was close Ramit played some blistering nicks on his drops and volley drops, looking very confident and for the first time keeping Wah behind him. Wah regrouped and kept the pressure to win the third in quick time, and Ramit had to pull out all his resources to retrieve Wah’s shots to the front before winning the fourth 9-3. A tense fifth looked on the cards, but Ramit raced to a 6-0 lead and Cheong caved in. The final score was 6-9, 9-7, 1-9, 9-3, 9-1.

Joining Ramit in the top 16, were Ravi Dixit and Aditya Jagtap who defeated England’s Robert Downer 9-4, 9-1, 9-2 and Pakistan’s Arbab Dilawar 9-5, 9-1, 9-6. Cyril Kuhn also had a 5-game victory in the Boys U17 against Egypt’s Omar Magdy Ghanem, winning 7-9, 9-5, 9-2, 7-9, 9-7. Mahesh Mangaonkar beat Jordanian Ahmad Al Saraj  5-9, 9-0, 9-0, 9-5 in the Boys U13.

The only disappointment of the day was Dipika Pallikal losing to Japan’s Misaki Kobayashi in the round of 16. Dipika, playing her second match of the day, looked in terrific form when she won her first two games comprehensively. Her short kills on both flanks were lethal and Misaki had no answer. At 8-6 match ball in the third it looked like it was all over for Misaki who staged a remarkable comeback. Moving Dipika to the front of the court with her boasts and counter drops, she often caught Dipika on the wrong foot. Misaki continued to move Dipika to all corners and had her frustrated as she completed a remarkable 4-9, 4-9, 10-8, 9-1, 9-1 recovery.

The girls under 13 start tomorrow with all five Indian girls playing their opening matches.

British Junior Squash Open Day1

Wins for Rishi Tandon, Ramit Tandon, Ravi Dixit, Aditya Jagtap, Dipika Pallikal ……girls u13 & u15 start only on the 4th