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Three Indians in the Quarter finals in the British Junior Open squash

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1.80K   //    04 Jan 2015, 19:43 IST
Kush Kumar

Three Indians feature in the quarterfinals of the Technifibre British Junior Open squash event being held in England. On top of the list is the national U-19 champion and a  trainee at the Indian Squash Academy in Chennai, Kush Kumar who will face Amr Arafa  of Egypt.  In the U-17 section is another Tamil Nadu boy and Kush’s academy mate  Velavan Senthilkumar who plays Youssef Ebrahim of Egypt while in the U-15 section.

Tushar Shahini faces Mostfa Assad, also of Egypt. With around 40 players from Egypt in the fray in various categories, this edition is seeing  a domination from this country.

Kush began his campaign with a 11-2, 11-2, 11-5 win over Bjorn Osterhus of Norway.  

Another comfortable victory over Lawrence Green of UK , the scores being 11-3, 11-3, 11-6 pushed the Indian into the last sixteen. UK’s Patrick Rooney was his next victim. Kush won 11-9, 11-0, 6-11, 11-5 for a last eight place.

Shahini went ahead smoothly before facing stubborn Jarred Carter UK in the pre-quarterfinal.  He won the over one-hour fight 9-11, 12-10, 7-11, 11-5, 13-11. Earlier in the first round, Shahini beat Benjamin Sockett (UK) 11-4, 11-7, 11-7 and Jeremias Azana of Argentina in the second round 11-7, 11-3, 11-6.

Velavan beat Aaron Allpress (UK) 11-2, 11-3, 11-3 in the opening round. In the next match, he went past Calvin McCafferty of U.S 11-5, 9-11, 11-3, 11-4 before beating Roman Allinckx of Switzerland 11-8, 11-8, 11-8 to reach the quarterfinals.

Results of other Indians:

Boys: U-19:  IInd rd: Guhan Senthilkumar lost to Omar El Atmas (Egy) 7-11, 5-11, 7-11; Ist rd:  bt George Wills (UK) 11-5, 7-11, 11-13, 11-6, 11-6 ;

U-17: IIIrd  rd: Ranjit  Singh lost to Saad El din Ihab (Egy) 3-11, 6-11, 7-11; IInd rd: bt Jesse Kok Sheng Foo (Mal) 11-8, 11-7, 11-6; Ist rd: bt Jesper Phillips (Nor) 11-5, 11-2, 11-1.;

U-15: IInd rd Veer Chotrani los to Roko Voncina (Croat) 10-12, 11-7, 5-11, 9-11; Veer Chotrani lost to Leonel Cardenas (Mex) 9-11, 6-11, 9-11;  Ist rd: Chotrani bt Marcus Tranter (UK) 11-2, 11-6, 11-3;  

Yash Fadte bt Grant Steermans (US) 11-9, 11-4, 11-3; U-13: IInd round: Shriraman Raghavan lost to Sam Todd (UK) 5-11, 4-11, 8-11; Ist rd bt G. Hall (Uk) 9-11, 11-5, 11-9, 11-5.

Girls: U-17: IIIrd rd: Akanksha Salunke lost to Habiba Mohd (Egy) 5-11, 3-11, 5-11; IInd rd: bt Cascay Wong (US) 13-11, 11-6, 15-13; Ist rd: bt Grace Gear (UK) 8-11, 11-7, 8-11, 12-10, 11-5.

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