India beats Pakistan to win Gold at Asian Boys Championship

Indian boys beat Pakistan to win gold at Asian Team squash

India win gold at Asian Team Squash

The Indian junior boys team created history when they downed archrivals and defending title holders Pakistan India  2-1 in the 15th Asian Junior Team Championships held in Colombo, Sri Lanka to win this prestigious title for the first time in Indian squash history since the inception of the Asian Championships in 1983.

Ramit Tandon bt Danish Atlas Khan 11/7, 6/11, 11/9, 8/11, 11/9, Abhishek Pradhan lost to Nasir Iqbal 4/11, 7/11, 3/11, Mahesh Mangaonkar bt Sadam Ul Haq11/7, 11/2, 11/6 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

World Junior Squash Championships – Day1

A good start to Day 1 for the Indian contingent at the 15th World Junior Squash Championships being held at Zurich, Switzerland. Read more of this post

5th ICL Chennai Open: Round 1

1* Saurav Ghosal (IND) bt B. Balamurugan 11-1, 11-9, 11-9 (35m)
8* Naresh Kumar (IND) bt Colin Ramasra (Tri) 11-7, 11-8, 9-11, 11-5 (30m)
4* Neil Hitchens (ENG) bt Ramit Tandon (Ind) 11-4, 11-3, 11-7 (28m)
5* Mohammed El Shorbagy (EGY) bt A. Parthiban 11-8, 11-8, 16-14 (33m)
Parth Sharma (IND) bt 6* Yasunori Ishiwata (JPN) 11-5, 9-11, 11-9, 11-7 (36m)
3* Dick Lau (HKG) bt Sujat Barua (IND) 11-1, 11-6, 11-6
7* Gaurav Nandrajog (IND) bt Max Lee 8-11, 12-10, 8-11, 11-7, 11-4 (53m)
2* Wai Hang Wong (HKG) bt Ravi Dixit 11-3, 7-11, 11-8, 12-10 (46m)

5th ICL Chennai Open: Qualif

The qualifying round commenced for the 5th ICL Chennai Open a US$ 6,000 PSA event being held at the ICL Squash Academy in Chennai. The event is held from 12-16 July 2007.The star attraction will be local boy and World # 42 Saurav Ghosal who has been given the top seeding. Four juniora who returned from Kuala Lumpur last night had an opportunity to qualify for the event. Ravi Dixit and Ramit Tandon defeated Paramit Singh and Karan Malik respectively to qualify for the main draw. The Sujat Barua played a tight and consistent game to upset Shakti Singh. B. Balamurugan got a bye into the main draw.

Ravi Dixit bt Paramit Singh 8-11, 11-6, 16-14, 11-5; Ramit Tandon bt Karan Malik 11-8, 11-8, 11-4; Sujat Barua bt Shakti Singh 11-6, 7-11, 11-5, 12-10; B. Balamurugan – bye

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

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”.

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

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.

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