Ravi & Kush win in Malaysia

India won two age-group titles in the Milo All-Star Malaysian Open squash championship here Saturday as Ravi Dixit (boys under-19) and Kush Kumar (Boys under-15) won their final matches.

Dixit defeated second seed Mohd Zul Azri of Malaysia 11-5, 11-7, 12-10 while Kush Kumar overcame Vin Tan (Malaysia) who conceded the final after losing the first game 7-11 following an injury. Dev Vazirani of India upset top seed Eugene Heng of Malaysia 11-9, 9-11, 3-11, 11-9, 11-8 in the boys under-11 semi-finals, but lost the final to Pakistan’s Hammas Ahmed Tarar 8-11, 5-11, 1-11.


8th Penang Junior Open (1-5 Jun 2010)

India finish with only 3 medals at the event, 2 silver medal were won by Kush Kumar & Akshay Deepak (both Chennai) in the Boys under 15 and 19, 1 Bronze medal was won in the girls under 11 by Nikita Joshi (Mah)

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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

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.

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CIMB KL Open 2010, Kuala Lumpur (15-20 Mar’10)

Indian’s crash out in the 1st qualifying round at the $50,000 Men’s & $53,500 Women’s CIMB KL Open 2010. Read more of this post

Malaysian Junior Open 2008

Aparajitha Balamurukan (Gu15) & Kush Kumar (Bu13) win the Malaysian Junior Open 2008.

Ravi Dixit (Bu17) – 2nd position, Anwesha Reddy – 3rd position (Gu17), Roshan Kumarakannan (Bu11) – 4th position.

Milo All Star 2007

Anaka Alankamony from the ICL Squash Academy defeated country mate Saumya Karki to lift the Milo All Star Malaysian Junior Open 2007 – Girls u 13 category in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia. From the start Anaka hit perfect length and used the front of the court exceedingly to secure a 9-4, 9-2, 9-3 victory in 28min.

Probably playing her last under 13 championships, the 9th standard student of Church Park Sacred Heart, Chennai won her 3rd consecutive Malaysian Junior title in 2007 adding to her 3rd place finish at the British Junior Open and 2nd position at the German Junior. Final results:

GU11: Jadeleen Lee (Mas) bt T.Mithila (Mas) 9/6, 9/1, 9/3
GU13: Anaka Alankamony bt Saumya Karki 9/4, 9/2, 9/3 (28m)
GU15: Tong Tsz Wing (Hkg) bt Tamika Saxby (Aus) 9/3, 9/4, 9/7
GU17: Lui Tzs Ling (Hkg) bt Wee Nee Low (Mas) 7/9, 3/9, 10/8, 9/1, 9/4
GU19: Wee Wern Low (Mas) bt Melody Francis (Aus) 9/1, 9/5, 9/0

BU11: Darren Chan Til Lunn (Mas) bt Kunj Rawani 9/7, 9/4, 9/3
BU13: Darren Subramaniam (Mas) bt Ryosei Kobayashi (Jpn) 9/7, 9/4, 9/0
BU15: Fong Ngo Long (Hkg) bt Cheong Kah Wah (Mas) 6/9, 9/7, 9/4, 9/2
BU17: Ng Jo Wen (Mas) bt Matt Hopkin (Aus) 9/7, 3/9, 9/3, 9/5
BU19: Farzan Rashid (Pak) bt Asyraf Azan (Mas) 7/9, 9/7, 9/2, 8/10, 10/8

Harinder reaches his 1st PSA Semi-Final

18-year-old Harinder entered the semifinals after scoring an upset win over second seed and local favourite Nafiizwan Adnan 11-9, 11-6, 11-9 in the quarters. It was a hard-fought win for Harinder as Nafiizwan clawed his way back into the match after being down 2-7 in the third game. However, a patient Harinder capitalised on a match ball and a weak drop by Nafiizwan to seal the match in his favour.This was Harinder’s first PSA tour semi final.

CIMB Kuala Lumpur Open Squash Championships

Saurav Ghosal needed 34 minutes to despatch Malaysia’s Timothy Arnold to reserve a place in the main draw of the men’s 4-star PSA Tour event. He plays #2 seed Karim Darwish in the first round.

Men’s qualifying finals:
Saurav Ghosal (IND) bt Timothy Arnold (MAS) 11-8, 11-9, 11-4 (34m)
Omar Mosaad (EGY) bt Simon Rosner (GER) 10-11 (2-4), 11-6, 11-7, 11-9 (49m)
Kashif Shuja (NZL) bt Paul Davis (AUS) 11-3, 11-5, 11-3 (20m)
Bilal Zaman (PAK) bt Dylan Bennett (NED) 11-8, 11-6, 7-11, 8-11, 11-8 (61m)

Women’s qualifying finals:
Engy Kheirallah (EGY) bt Tricia Chuah (MAS) 9-1, 9-2, 6-9, 9-5 (41m)
Rebecca Chiu (HKG) bt Raneem El Weleily (EGY) 4-9, 9-6, 8-10, 9-0, 9-6 (65m)
Annelize Naude (NED) bt Joshna Chinappa (IND) 9-6, 9-7, 9-5 (27m)
Shelley Kitchen (NZL) bt Peta Hughes (AUS) 9-2, 9-2, 9-0 (21m)

New Strait Times: Malaysian prospects for the Asian Games

Malaysians twice failed to sweep two gold medals in the Asian Games since squash was introduced in 1998, but they are unlikely to be denied glory in Doha next month. Nicol David easily won Malaysia’s first squash gold in Bangkok in 1998, but she was shocked by Hong Kong’s Rebecca Chiu in Busan four years later in the final. As for the men, Kenneth Low could only manage a bronze but Ong Beng Hee, who fell in the quarter-finals in Bangkok, justified his seeding to secure the gold in 2002. Read more of this post