Yuvraj and Arnav of India in final of Asian Junior Squash Championship 2018

Sporting India|28-Sep-2018 22:30

Chennai: On a day when Indian boys Yuvraj Wadhwani and Arnav Sareen had given early notes of happiness with their entry into U-13 and U-15 boys finals respectively there was hope that Tushar Shahani would add tothat later it in the U-19 also but that was not to be as the 25th Asian junior individual squash championship reached the final moments for Saturday at the ISA here.
 
For Tushar seeded 5/8 it was a big ask to wear down the sprightly second seed Hong Kong player Chung Yat Long. But the Indian did not buckle, in fact played with loads of confidence and promise. Matching his opponent in strokes and in placements, Tushar forced rallies and the match developed into one of wits,each trying to outdo the other. A minor lapse here or there made the big difference, but the test was mostly in the forecourt. Chung had the better of exchanges towards the end stages of the two games yet in the third game, the complexion turned around. The way Tushar had the HongKong player running all around and grab that game gave a flicker of hope of an extended contest and more. But showing clear signs of tiring, the Indian conceded the lead early in the fourth game and lost his way.
 
In comparison, both Yuvraj and Arnav were fluent in their victories. Both now await opponents from Pakistan in the title match and that should be interesting. Pakistani players have been making good headway here. The pick was Abbas Zeb, the bearded young talent in the U-19 section. To him went the distinction of causing the biggest upset of the day when he beat the top seed, Siow Yee Xian of Malaysia in a match of intense competition and fluctuating fortunes. Anyone of the two could have won but as it happened the flow of play favoured Zeb.
 
No Indians feature in the girls section but there could have been one in Tiana Parasrampuria in the U-13 girls.. Such was her close match aginst the second seed Lee Sze Lok of Hong Kong. Tiana had won the first two games but lost grip there. The Hong girl pushed the contest to five games and clinched the decider 15-13 for an exciting finish.
 
The Results: Semi-finals:
 
Boys:
 
U-19: Abbas Zeb (3/4), PAK, bt Siow Yee Xian (1), MAS, 10-12 11-8 4-11 11-4 11-6; Chung Yat Long (2), HKG, bt Tushar Shahani (5/8), IND, 11-8 11-7 8-11 11-3
 
U-17: Haris Qasim (5/8), PAK, bt Danial Nurhaqiem Bin Shahrul Izham (1), MAS, 4-11 11-2 6-11 11-8 11-9; Muhammad Amir Amirul Bin Azhar (5/8), MAS, bt Nathan Kueh Tze Bing (9/16), MAS, 12-10 7-11 12-10 11-9
 
U-15: Mohammad Hamza Khan (3/4), PAK, bt Andrik Lim Kai Shan (1), MAS, 11-6 7-11 11-1 11-2; Arnaav Sareen (3/4), IND, bt Joachim Chuah Han Wen (2), MAS, 11-6 11-7 11-6
 
U-13: Yuvraj Wadhwani (1), IND, bt Sze Jun Him (3/4), HKG, 11-1 11-6 11-8 .
Anas Ali Shah, PAK, bt Tam Tsz Shing (3/4), HKG, 6-11 11-9 11-2 11-9 .
 
Girls: 
U-19: Lai Wen Li (1), MAS, bt Ooi Kah Yan (3/4), MAS, 11-8 11-9 10-12 11-5; Chan Yiwen (2), MAS, def. Cheng Nga Ching (3/4), HKG, 11-3 11-4 11-4 .
 
U-17: Chan Sin Yuk (1), HKG, bt Fung Ching Hei, HKG, 11-5 11-5 11-7; 
Jessica Keng Jia Hui (2), MAS, def. Sanya Vats (5/8), IND, 11-8 7-11 11-8 11-7 
 
U-15: Aira Azman (1), MAS, bt. Tse Yee Lam Toby (5/8), HKG, 11-3 12-10 8-11 11-4;Yee Xin Ying (2), MAS, bt Wong Po Yui Kirstie (3/4), HKG, 11-2 8-11 11-6 11-8 
 
U-13: Leung Ka Huen (1), HKG, bt Kaavya Bansal (3/4), IND, 9-11 11-8 11-4 11-5; 
Lee Sze Lok (2), HKG, bt Tiana Parasrampuria (3/4), IND, 10-12 3-11 11-7 11-7 15-13