India could not come up with anything special and went down to the top-ranked and title-favourite Egypt 2-0 in the quarterfinals of the girls’ event of the WSF-world junior squash championship in Eindhoven on Sunday.
Considering the depth in the talent in the Indian team the look out was whether there would be a fight. Debutant Nikita Joshi, who played first, tried her best, but Salma Hany Ibrahim was far superior. The Egyptian won 11-5, 11-6, 11-2 to give Egypt the lead. Adya Advani was pitted against the top player Habiba Mohamed and it proved a tough task for the Indian. Habiba won easily 11-3, 11-5, 11-3 to give Egypt the win and a place in the semi-final.
India now will play for the 5th to 8th place matches.
Late last night (IST) and hours after they had beaten Australia to ensure a quarterfinal place, India played USA and lost 3-0. The higher ranked USA team, which is also seeded two, topped Pool ‘B’ with India finishing runner-up.
USA beat India 3-0 (Sabrina Sobhy beat Adya Advani 11-4, 11-5, 11-9; Reeham Sedky beat Harshit Jawanda 11-3, 11-2, 11-4; Kayley Leonard beat Akanksha Salunkhe 11-7, 12-10, 4-11, 11-8.)Published 02 Aug 2015, 22:33 IST