Anaka & Ravi win Penang Junior Squash

ICL Academy trainees Anaka Alankamony (Girls u13) and Ravi Dixit (Boys u17) returned victorious from the Penang International Junior Squash Championships held from 6-10 June. Anaka was the only Indian double winner of the Penang Open as well as the Malaysian Junior Open (31 May – 4 June).

Anaka once again defeated county mate Saumya Karki in the final, 9-1, 1-9, 9-5, 10-9 proving that these two are the leading players on the Asian circuit in their age group. Anaka and Saumya won their semi finals in straight games defeating Malaysians, Yong Sue Ann and Celin Yeap respectively.

Ravi Dixit defeated Ng Jo Wen, winner of the Malaysian Junior Open, in the final of the Penang Junior in close four games 9-7, 9-2, 8-10, 10-8. Ravi kept the pressure from the start using his drops to great effect. In the semi final, Ravi turned the tables on South African Stephano Gras 9-4, 9-6, 9-0. At the Malaysian Open Ravi had lost to Stephano in 5 set thriller.

This is Ravi’s 1st international title in the boys u17 category, he had previously won the Scottish Junior Open in Dec 2006 in the u15 category.

Other Indian’s making the top 4 were Anwesha Reddy (Girls u17) , Ramit Tandon (Boys u15) – runner up, Dheeya Somaiya (Girls u15),  Pankhuri Malhotra (Girls u11), Akshay Deepak (Boys u15) 4th position. These achivements were fitting end to a month long Malaysian tour arranged between the Squash Rackets Federation of India and Squash Rackets Association of Malaysia. The boys and girls have benefited immensely from the 2 week stint sparing and training with the Malaysian juniors.

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

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 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}.

Mahesh Mangaokar, Ravi Dixit win Scottish Squash Jr Open

Ravi Dixit had another 80-odd minute battle before he could claim his maiden European title here in Edinburgh at the Heriot–Watt University Squash Centre. Ravi played flawless squash against Malaysia’s Cheong Kah Wah in the first two games to win both comfortably. The third was a much closer affair with both players hitting very tight length and picking up all shots exceedingly well. Ravi served for the match twice at 8-6 but was unable to convert as Wah took it 10-8.
The Malaysian came out strong in the fourth, hitting some brilliant winners and rushed to an 8-1 lead in a single hand. Ravi managed to claw six points back with some effective short kills but ultimately lost the game. The fifth was a very close tussle with both players going neck and neck, Ravi seemed to be fitter but Wah ran down everything. At 6-6, Ravi hit a back hand drop into the nick and a forehand drive clinger on the next rally to earn another match point, 8-6.  Wah came back with an amazing volley nick, but Ravi managed to pull it back again and won it this time with a forehand drive the Malaysian couldn’t return.
This maiden international victory was very special for National Champion Ravi, who shifted his base from Dhampur to the ICL Squash Academy in Chennai a year ago. “I have trained so hard to win an international event and I have done it!!’ He thanked the SRFI, his coaches at the ICL Academy and the Delhi Squash Association for all their support and effort and though exhausted, promised to give it his best at the British Junior starting on 2nd January.
There was more joy for the Indian contingent  as top seeded Mahesh Mangaonkar lifted the Boys U13 crown. Mahesh used all his experience to win the first game from 7-5 down. 11 year old American Dylan Murray ran for every ball, putting a lot of pressure of Mahesh, and played his heart out in the third, forcing Mahesh to make many unforced errors. Another close game in the fourth but Mahesh stepped on the pace and won it 9-7 to claim his sixth international junior title.

Saumya Karki was unable to make it a hat trick for the Indians, her Egyptian opponent Manat Allah Naser was very consistent and played well to defeat Saumya in straight games. Aparajitha Balamurukan defeated Sachika Balvani in straight games to win the all-Indian Girls U13 3rd/4th playoff. Read more of this post

Ravi, Mahesh & Saumya in Scottish Final

Ravi Dixit playing his first European event reached ,the finals at the Scottish Junior Open played at the Heriot – Watt University in Edinburgh in a dramatic 5-game tussle. Down two games he came up trumps by sheer grit in his match against Mexico’s Milles Zarazua R which lasted well over an hour. Ravi played some outstanding drops throughout the match which were retrieved by his opponent, but Ravi proved the fitter and won the deciding game. Earlier in the day Ravi defeated Allaa Radwan of Egypt 10-9, 9-1, 9-1 in 25 minutes.
Top seeded Mahesh charged into the final of the Boys U13. In his semi final encounter he defeated Joshua Sekhar of Canada 9-3, 9-2, 10-8 in 30 minutes. Having reached the finals two years ago in the under 11 category Mahesh will play Dylan Murray of the USA, which will certainly be a close encounter
Saumya Karki defeated country mate Aparajitha Balamurukan to enter the Girls U13 final. Read more of this post

Scottish Junior Open

Scottish open squash Indian contingent 2006Every year promising junior squash players all over the world especially from India, Egypt, Malaysia, Pakistan make their way to UK for the British and Scottish Junior Squash Open.  A few years ago, ICL Academy trainees Saurav Ghosal and Joshna Chinappa won the British Open Boys and Girls title, which signaled our emergence as a squash power on the junior circuit. While they have moved into the senior ranks and are currently climbing up the senior ladder, their mantle has been passed on to a number of promising juniors.

Last year at the Scottish Open, Anaka Alankamony won the girls under 13 title while Sachika Balvani (under 13), Surbhi Misra (under 17) and Abhishek Pradhan (under 13) finished as runners up. Click here for this years results Read more of this post

British and Scottish Junior Squash

Over the years our kids have done well at the Scottish and British Open. I expect a few titles and strong finishes from this year’s contingent too.

Powerplaysports British Junior Open, 2-6 Jan 2007, Sheffield
Mahesh  Mangaonkar, Rishi Tandon, Shravan Kaul BU13
Aditya Jagtap, Akshay Deepak, Ravi Dixit,  Ramit Tandon BU15
Cyril Kuhn, Karan Malik, Suneesh Kaul BU17
Anaka Alankamony, Aparajitha Balamurukan, Sachika Balvani, Saumya Karki,  Shria Kathri GU13
Ankita Sharma GU15
Dipika  Pallikal, Surbhi Misra GU17
Scottish Junior Open, 27-30 Dec 2006, Edinburgh
Mahesh Mangaonkar, Rahil Fazelbhoy, Rishi Tandon, Shravan Kaul BU13
Ravi Dixit, Ramit Tandon, Akshay Deepak BU15
Cyril Kuhn, Karan Malik, Suneesh Kaul BU17
Saumya Karki, Aparajitha Balamurukan, Shria Khatri, Anaka Alankamony, Sachika Balvani GU13
Ankita Sharma GU15
Surbhi Misra GU17

Junior National Squash Finals, Kolkata 2006

India national junior squash winnersResults of the finals of the Indian Junior National Championship 2006 held at Calcutta Racket Club, Kolkata:
 BU11 – Kush Kumar {ND} beat Raghav Mehrotra {MAH} 9-4 9-1 9-0
 BU13 – Mahesh Mangaonkar {MAH} beat Karan Thariamal {RAJ} 9-6 10-8 9-3
 BU15 – Ravi Dixit {TN} beat Aditya Jagtap {MAH} 9-7 9-1 9-0
 BU17 – Vikram Malhotra {MAH} beat Sujat Barua {TN} 9-0 9-0 9-2
 BU19 – Parth Sharma {TN} beat Naresh Kumar {TN} 9-3 9-5 9-3
 GU11 – Lakshya Ragavendran {TN} beat Likhitta Dugar {TN} 9-5 9-0 9-5
 GU13 – Saumya Karki {MAH} beat Anaka Alankamony {TN} 10-8 1-9 10-8 9-6
 GU15 – Harita Om Prakash {TN} beat Dheeya Somaya {MP} 9-3 9-2 9-3
 GU17 – Surbhi Misra {RAJ} beat Shivangi Paranjpe {MAH} 9-7 9-7 9-5
 GU19 – Dipika Pallikal {TN} beat Anwesha Reddy {TN} 9-4 9-1 9-3