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

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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

World Junior Women’s Squash Championships, Hong Kong

1: Raneem El Weleily (EGY)
2: Camille Serme (FRA)
3/4: Annie Au (HKG), Joelle King (NZL)
5/8: Wee Wern Low (MAS), Heba El Torky (EGY), Victoria Lust (ENG), Sina Wall (GER) Read more of this post

Hoe Hin White Flower Ointment Asian Junior Squash Championships, Hong Kong Finals

Pakistan retained the 13th Asian Junior Squash Team Event Championship title by beating Malaysia 2-1 in the final at Hong Kong

Farhan Mehboob beat Mohammad Ashraf 9/1, 9/1, 9/4
Elvin Keo beat Waqar Mehboob 9/4, 4/9, 0/9, 9/7, 10/9
Farzan Rashid beat Chuoong Kam Hing 9/2, 9/4, 9/2

Individual Final:
[1] Farhan Mehboob (PAK) bt [2] Abdullah Almezayen (KUW) 9-5, 9-5, 9-3 (51m)
[2] Annie Au (HKG) bt [3/4] Joey Chan (HKG)6-9, 10-8, 9-3, 9-2 (45m)

Semi-finals:
[1] Farhan Mehboob (PAK) bt [3/4] Farzan Rasheed (PAK)9-7, 9-7, 9-1 (49m)
[2] Abdullah Almezayen (KUW) bt [3/4] Waqar Mehboob (PAK) 9-1, 9-7, 9-4 (43m)

[3/4] Joey Chan (HKG) bt [1] Wee Wern Low (MAS) 9-3, 9-3, 9-0 (32m)
[2] Annie Au (HKG) bt [5/8] Misaki Kobayashi (JPN) 9-2, 10-8, 9-0 (31m)

India wins Bronze at Asian Juniors, Hong Kong

The Indian boys recovered from being a match down to defeat hosts Hong Kong 2-1 and win the bronze medal on the final day at the Asian Junior Squash Championships. Sandeep Jangra first on court, fought hard to over come a 2 game deficit to level the scores but was unable to win the fifth against Hong Kong’s #1 Leo Au. Parth Sharma leveled the tie with his game of accurate lengths and precision finishing defeating Fung Ji Yang convincingly. Naresh Kumar playing the decider for India kept his cool to play outstanding attacking squash to defeat Chan Kai Chi in straight sets. 

The Indian team performed marginally better than the last Asian Junior Championships held at India in 2005 where we finished fourth. “In the semi finals if we could have pulled off the match against higher ranked Malaysia against whom we fought well; it would have been wonderful, nevertheless winning the bronze is a great achievement” said National Coach Cyrus Poncha. Consultant Coach Maj Maniam said “Our boys have been working very hard for the past 2 years; they have learnt what it takes to be a professional squash player. I am confident and convinced that in the next two years they will be performing well on the PSA tour.

This is the last junior team championship for all the boys, Sandeep turns 19 years later this month, followed by Naresh later this year and Parth and Harry early next year.” “We have really trained very hard at the ICL Academy for this event and the fruits of our labour equated to a worthy bronze at this championship said Harinder and Parth in unison.”Earlier in the individual event both Ravi Dixit and Ramit Tandon gave a good account of themselves which certainly augurs well for the future of junior squash in India.

Sandeep Jangra lost to Leo Au 9-3, 9-0, 5-9, 5-9, 9-0
Parth Sharma bt Fung Ji Yang 9-5 9-0 9-4
Naresh Kumar bt Chan Kai Chi 9-3, 9-5, 10-8

India go down to Malaysia in the Asian Jr semis

India went down fighting to Malaysia in the semi final of the Asian Junior Squash Championships held in Hong Kong. Harinder first on court played another marathon match lasting 105min. The first game itself was 39min where Harinder lead for the better part of the game. Ivan fought back hard to come back and win the game 10-8. Ivan tightened the screws to win the second easily.  Harinder fought back and hung in extremely well to win the 3rd. The fourth was another long duel with both players showing signs of getting cramps. Ivan managed to hold his nerve and close out the match. Sandeep unfortunately never got into the match and went down timidly in 4 games.

Ivan Yuen bt Harnderpal Singh 10-8, 9-2, 5-9, 9-6; Modh. Ashraf Azan bt Sandeep Jangra 9-6, 9-6, 9-10, 9-1

Asian Juniors – Day 1

The Indian quartet marched into the pre quarter final stage after winning their first two rounds here at the Asian Junior Squash Championships held in Hong Kong.

Unseeded Naresh Kumar defeated 9/16 seed Kuwaiti Mohammed Abdulrahman Al Tawari in 4 games. Naresh started aggressively against and even more aggressive Mohammed. Whilst it was giving him the results it also meant a lot of hard work. Naresh continued with more or less the game plan in the second but a sting of unforced errors coupled with some amazing winners by Mohd. cost him the game. Naresh slowed it down effectively to win the next 2 games. He faces 5/8 seed Kelvin Yeo of Malaysia in the pre quarters. Parth relied on his sound basic game to defeat his opponent also in 4 games. Harinder and Sandeep secured their berths with convincing 3-0 victories. 

Earlier in the first round Indian juniors Ravi Dixit and Ramit Tandon gave inspiring performances against better players. However their both lost narrowly in 5 games. The plate event which starts tomorrow will continue to give them the much desired exposure.

Anwesha Reddy was defeated by Hong Kong’s Tong tsz Wing in straight games. Dipika Pallikal the other Indian entry had to withdraw due to food poisoning.

Round 1

Harinderpal Singh bt Fong Tei Kei (Mac) 9-0,9-0,9-0 
Parth Sharma bt Wong King Ngo (Hkg) 9-1,9-1,9-0 
Naresh Kumar bt Lee Jin Tong (Kor) 9-5,9-5,9-2
Sandeep Jangra bt Sou Ka Hou (Mac) 9-0,9-0,9-0
Ramit  Tandon lost to Marcus Phua (Sin) 6-9,9-3,10-9,0-9,2-9
Ravi Dixit lost to Kenneth Chan (Sin) 6-9,9-2,10-8,6-9,5-9

Round 2
Anwesha Reddy lost to Tong tsz Wing (Hkg) 2-9,4-9,6-9
Harinderpal Singh Bt Chan Kai Chi (Hkg) 9-2,9-3,9-3
Parth Sharma Bt Kang Seok Hwan (Kor) 9-0,7-9,9-2,9-0  
Naresh Kumar Bt Mohammed Abdulrahman al Tawari (Kew) 9-3,5-9,9-3,9-1
Sandeep Jangra Bt Chakkrange Rajapakse(Sri) 9-3,9-0,9-1

Hoe Hin White Flower Ointment Asian Junior Squash Championships 2007

3rd – 6th February, 2007 Individual Competition Semi-Finals 5th Feb, Finals 6th Feb
Junior Mens Draw    Junior Womens Draw

7th – 10th February, 2007 Team Competition  Finals 10th Feb

Asian Junior Squash Championships, Hong Kong

Squash Rackets Federation of India announced the squad for the 13th Asian Junior Championships to be held in Hong Kong from 3rd to 10th February 2007.

The Boys team comprises Sandeep Jangra, Harinderpal Singh, Parth Sharma and Naresh Kumar. Ramit Tandon and Ravi Dixit will also participate in the boys individual event while Dipika Pallikal and Anwesha Reddy will participate in the girls individual event. The squads have been selected on the basis of the performances at the National and International events held in 2006.