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World junior squash championship opens

Chennai: The world junior squash championship was formally declared open by the Tamil Nadu Minister for Youth Welfare and SportsDevelopment, Mr P. Balakrishna Reddy at a colourful function at the Indian Squash Academy here on Tuesday. The matches get underway on Wednesday.

Members from the 28 teams, including host India, marked for participation in this championship were present for the neatly organised function. Flag bearers of the representing countries came in to the arena amidst cheers all around and gathered into a colourful bunch within the centre court. As always the host team, whose flagbearer was Ashita Bhengra, received the biggest applause.

The Minister Mr Balakrishnan underlined the big role that the government had been doing for the promotion of sports in the state. He mentioned the name of former Chief Minister late J. Jayalalitha and her keen interest in sports development while adding that the present government was fully behind all the ideals that she had stood for. Ever since the establishing of modern infrastructure in the wake of the 1995 SAF Games, he said, the State had seen a surge in the performances of athletes in various sports. The government had also provided several crores of rupees in sportsincentives to the best performers. The Minister said he was happy that Tamil Nadu was in the forefront in the sport of squash and specially mentioned the role of State’s squash players Saurav Ghosal, Joshna Chinappa and Dipika Pallikal Karthik in the main in bringing laurels to the country.

Referring to the Current World championship, Mr Balakrishnan congratulated Mr N. Ramachandran, President, Tamil Nadu Squash Rackets Association and his team for the good work done for the successful conduct of the event.

Earlier Mr Ramachandran thanked the Government and the Chief Minister in particular for being very supportive in all the major ventures of the Squash Association, including the current World championship.

Also to speak on the occasion was Mr Dheeraj Kumar, Principal Secretar, Ministry of Youth Welfare and Sports Development. The Championship Director, Mr Cyrus Poncha proposed a vote of thanks.

Another highlight of the evening was a brief phase of music and dance to symbolise a blend of tradition and modernity that set alight the arena even as colour lights ran riot. All in all it was an evening that the good gathering in good cheer.

India finished 6th overall in the girls team event of the world junior squash

Tauranga (New Zealand): India finished 6th overall in the girls team event of the 2017 WSF-World junior squash championship here on Saturday.

In the final placings match for the 5-6 positions, India went down to USA 1-2.Once again it was Sunayna Kuruvilla who rose to the occasion by winning her singles match after Akanksha Salunkhe had lost hers. In the deciding third match of the tie, Aishwarya Bhattacharya did not prove a match for Elle Ruggerio.

In the 2015 edition held in Eindhoven, Netherlands, India had ended up in the 8th place.

Results: for 5-6 place: USA bt India 2-1 (Marina Stefanoni bt Akanksha Salunkhe 11-2, 11-9, 11-4; Grace Doyle lost to Sunayna Kuruvilla 11-7, 3-11, 7-11, 7-11; Elle Ruggerio bt Aishwarya Bhyattacharya 11-7, 11-5, 11-8)

India went down to HongKong in the quarterfinal in WSF World junior squash championship

India lose to Hong Kong

Tauranga (New Zealand): Poor Sunayna Kuruvilla’s heroics went in vain as Hong Kong, seeded four to India’s six, ensured victory, even if by a 2-1 margin in the quarterfinal of the girls team event in the WSF World junior squash championship here on Thursday.

Sunayna, the national junior champion, had made the first appearance as the number two player of the team, in keeping with the day’s order of play (2-1-3) and played her heart out in stopping Chan Sin Yuk in four games. The Indian had lost the first game but showing good touch in drives and drops from there she worked her way up to win the next three games. The 31 minute-tussle ended with Sunayna emerging 9-11, 11-6, 11-3, 11-7 victor. The 1-0 advantage drifted away soonafter with neither Akanksha Salunkhe able to do much nor Aishwarya Bhattacharya next producing anything better. Akansha lost to Lui Hiu Lam 5-11, 2-11, 4-11 and Aishwarya went down to Ka Wing Ho 8-11, 5-11, 7-11.

India will now play for the the 5-8 placings matches.

India entered the quarterfinal of the girls team event in the World junior squash

Tauranga (New Zealand) : India finished runner up in Pool C and thereby qualified for the quarterfinal stage in the girls’ team event here on Wednesdayin the WSF-World junior squash championship. India will play the Pool D winner Hong Kong in the quarterfinal on Thursday.

In its last pool league match, India defeated lower ranked France 2-1 to get the second place behind England. The margin could have been 3-0 but Akanksha Salunkhe playing the French girl Fanny Segers in the inconsequential third match of the tie had to retire midway with muscular pain in her legs. As Coach Surbi Misra said Akanksha had begun confidently and went two games up when suddenly she developed pain. “In great pain, she went down in the third game and at that point we decided she will not be able to continue,” Misra said.

Earlier, Misra said Sunayna Kuruvilla had given a good start with a fluent win over Maelle Fuhrer in 17 minutes. Ashita Bhengra was the next to make appearance. This Chennai girl faltered first, lost the first game but regained confidence to win the next three against Chloe Mourier to give the winning margin.

The results: India bt France 2-1 (Sunayna Kuruvilla bt Maell Fuhrer 11-5, 11-6, 11-2; Ashita Bhengra bt Chloe Mourier 8-11, 11-4, 11-9, 11-8; Akanksha Salunkhe lost to Fanny Segers 11-4, 11-6, 9-11, retd)

Indian girls had a mixed day in World junior squash championship

Tauranga (New Zealand): India began well in Pool C with a 3-0 win over South Africa but later in the day went down to higher ranked England 0-3 for mixed fortune on the opening day of the girls’ team event competition in the WSF-World junior squash championship here on Tuesday.

This is a four-team Pool with France being the fourth team. India at the end of two matches is placed two in the Pool with a match against lower ranked France to go. Two teams from this Pool qualify for the knock-out phase.

The results: Pool C: India bt South Africa 3-0 (Akanksha Salunkhe bt Faith Panashe Sithole 11-6, 15-13, 11-4; Aishwarya Bhattacharya bt Helena Coetzee 11-7, 11-5, 11-7; Sunayna Kuruvilla bt Jenifer Preece 11-5, 11-5, 11-5); India lost to England 0-3 (Akanksha Salunkhe lost to Lucy Turmel 1-11, 5-11, 5-11; Aishwarya Bhattacharya lost to Jasmine Hutton 4-11, 5-11, 4-11; Sunayna Kuruvilla lost to Elise Lazarus 9-11, 8-11, 12-10, 8-11)