Coffs Harbour (Australia): Two leading Indian juniors just coming into the senior ranks Abhay Singh and Sunanya Kuruvilla are on the threshold of touching a milestone in their careers by reaching the final in their respective section of the North Coast Squash Open, a PSA world tour event here on Saturday.
A win would be a maiden PSA title-triumph for both players, who are trainees at the Indian Squash Academy in Chennai. What is significant about Abhay’s rise is that he had qualified for the main draw via the qualifiers. Beating New Zealand’s Ben Grindrod, the fourth seed, was his first round success and then in the quarterfinal, he ousted the Australian Solayman Nowrozi. Both matches were won in convincing style and then in the semi-final Abhay showed his fighting qualities against the top seeded Rhys Dowling of Australia. Down by two games and 7-10 in the third game, the Indian made a dramatic come back to not just win that crucial game but polish off the next two for a sensational show of grit and guts. Abhay won 6-11, 5-11, 12-10, 11-9, 11-8 for his maiden PSA final.
Sunayna on the other hand had a tough start, a five-game tussle against sixth seed Abbie Palmer of New Zealand before getting past into the quarterfinal where she swept aside fourth seed Samantha Foyle of Australia in straight games. In the semi-final, Sunanya picked a leaf from her male colleague to fight her way past the second seed Lisa Camilleri of Austrlia in five games. Sunayna’s 5-11, 11-8, 9-11, 11-6, 11-6 effort put her also in a PSA final for the first time.