Asian junior individual squash: Pre-quarterfinal results of Indian players
Early indications from the ongoing Asian junior individual squash championship being held in Tehran are that quite a few Indian players are on the fringe of entering the medals zone in the various age categories. A clear picture will emerge only after the quarter-final matches late on Tuesday.
However two players who have assured themselves of a medal are the top seeds Megha Bhatia and Navaneeth Prabhu in the U-13 girls and boys sections. Megha beat fellow Indian Avani Nagar 3-1, while Navaneeth defeated Albatayneh of Jordan in the quarterfinal.
Earlier in the pre-quarterfinal phase, a few matches involving Indian players came into focus. Veer Chotrani for instance came close to edging out second seed Muhammad Hafiz Zhafri of Malaysia in the U-15 section. Two years ago the two had played the U-13 final but an early meeting did not change the fortunes with the Malaysian winning again, but after a strong resistance from Chotrani.
Abhay Singh was all fire against top seed Mohammed Khalil Alsarraj of Jordan. The Indian had a match ball advantage in a match that went five games but the Jordanian squeezed out of trouble eventually.
Vikas Mehra on the other hand let go the advantage of a two game and a 6-1 lead in the fifth game against second seed Ong Sai Hung in another thriller.
The Results: Pre-quarterfinals:
Mudit Pant bt Majid Karim Panah (IRN) 11-7, 11-6, 11-8 ;
Velavan Senthilkumar bt Don A.R. Rajarathna (Sri) 11-1, 11-4, 11-4;
Harshvardhan Wadhwa lost to Sajad Zareian 3-11, 2-11, 7-11;
Sandeep Ramachandran bt R.P.Jayawardane (Sri) 11-4, 11-8, 11-6
Mohammed Khalil Alsarraj (Jor) bt Abhay Singh 8-11,11-6,7-11, 11-1, 16-14;
Ibrahim Khaleel Abulaban (Jor) bt Robin singh Mann 12-10, 11-6, 11-8;
Adhitya Raghavan bt A.H. Feizpour (IRN) 11-9, 11-5, 8-11, 11-6;
Ong Sai Hung (Mal) bt Vikas Mehra 6-11, 9-11, 11-6, 11-4, 12-10
Rahul Baitha bt A.R. Mohammad Alsarraj(Jor) 11-9, 11-6, 11-9;
Tushar Shahani w/o Pooyan Habibpoor (Irn);
Saksham Choudhary (Ind) bt K A D J Raveen (Sri) 9-11, 11-5, 11-0, 11-3;
Veer Chotrani lost to Muhammad Hafiz Zhafri (Mal) 12-10, 10-12, 7-11, 10-12;
Navaneeth Prabhu bt Sepehr Eftekhari (Irn) 11-6, 11-5, 11-5;
Shreemann Raghavan lost to Daniel gharooni (Irn) 5-11, 6-11, 6-11;
Neel Joshi bt Asmone M.I. Faheth (Sri) 11-2, 11-2, 11-3;
Tanay Panjabi lost to MA. Amirul (Mal) 6-11, 8-11, 4-11
Jui Kalgutkar bt Mudiyansalage Rajapaksha (Sri) 11-2,11-1, 11-2;
Adya Advani bt Rezvan Naghibi 11-3, 11-7, 11-2;
Harshit Jawanda w/o Sajedeh Karimi (Irn)
Asita Bhengra bt Sara Ahmadi (Irn) 11-1, 11-7, 11-5;
Nikita Joshi bt Ailee Nayeri (Irn) 11-5, 11-5, 10-12, 11-8;
Akanksha Salunkhe bt Najme Bhooshehri (irn) 11-3, 11-6, 11-2
Navmi Sharma bt Kosar Behnam (Irn) 11-9, 11-9, 14-12;
Ooi Kah Yan (Mal) bt Jannia singh 11-3, 11-3, 11-3;
Samita Sivakumar bt Gamage Onelli (Sri) 11-2, 11-0, 11-2
Megha Bhatia bt Tharushi Magaanaraachchi (Sri) 11-0, 11-2, 11-1;
Avani Nagar bt Narges Soltani (Irn) 11-3, 11-0, 11-1;
Aryaa Ogale bt Veera Shamiyel Sinalli (Sri) 11-3, 11-3, 11-3;
Ananya Dabke bt Narhol Ramezanzadeh (Irn) 11-4, 11-2,11-4.