Dipika Pallikal and Anaka Alankamony moved into the round of 16 at the World Junior Women’s Individual Squash Championships in Cologne, Germany. Dipika disposed off Katie Tutrone from the USA with ease while Anaka had to work for her straight sets victory against Ashley Tidman from France. Dipika is up against Salmy Hany from Egypt tomorrow, who had defeated Dipika early this year at the British Junior Open. Anaka is slotted to play Columbian Catalina Pealez in her next round.
It was a mixed day for the Indian contingent as Aparajitha Balamurukan & Anwesha Reddy lost to higher ranked opponents. Aparajitha after losing the first game showed her grit and won the next two games being aggressive and working very hard. Aparajitha fought till the end but her higher ranked French opponent Julia Lecoq leveled the game in the fourth and kept moving Aparajitha to all corners, at the end Lecoq was more consistent and won the match in the fifth game. Anwesha gave it her best but it was not good enough against 9/16 seed Farah Abdel Megiud from EGY going down in straight games.
Dipika Pallikal bt Katie Tutrone (USA) 11-1,11-4,11-2
Anaka Alankamony (IND) beat Ashley Tidman (FRA) 11-4,11-7,11-9
Aparajitha Balamurukan (IND) lost to (9/16) Julia Lecoq (FRA) 8-11, 11-9, 11-9, 4-11, 4-11
Anwesha Reddy (IND) lost to (9/16) Farah Abdel Megiud (EGY) 4-11, 7-11, 6-11