Malaysian Tour Leg 10 and 11
Two more tour events were completed in Malaysia since the previous edition. In the first held at Royal Lake club, Kuala Lumpur, Ravi Dixit once again touched quarterfinals before exiting. England’s Adam Murrills proved his nemesis. The English player won 11-6, 11-6,11-3. In the first round Dixit ousted qualifier Shaun Kwan 11-7, 11-7, 11-3 where three other Indians, Ranvijay singh and qualifiers Abhay Singh and Vijay kumar exited. Abhay went down to Elvinn Keo (Malaysia) 7-11, 5-11, 4-11 and Vijay kumar fell after being in a position of strength to Addeen Idrakie (Malaysia) 11-4, 11-5, 7-11,3-11, 4-11. Ranvijay on the other hand playing the top seed Sanjay Singh Chal of Malaysia fought his way to a? 2-1 lead after being in arrears but could not sustain the tempo. Chal won 11-8, 5-11, 10-12, 11-6, 11-6. In the second event at the Bukit Jalil squash centre, only two Indians took part _ Abhay Singh and Ranvijay Singh. Both did not go past first round. Abhay went through qualifiers first. Ranvijay lost once again to top seed Eddie Charlton (Eng) 3-11, 2-11, 8-11 and Abhay to fifth seed Valentino Bong (Malaysia) 2-11, 2-11, 2-11.
KL Juniors – Abhay Singh finishes 3rd
Abhay Singh took the third place in the U-19 boys section in the KL junior open squash championship which concluded on Sunday in Kuala Lumpur. After a first round bye, the 3 ?/?4 seeded Abhay, a pupil of the Indian squash academy in Chennai, beat Malaysia ?'?s Muhammad Hafiz Zulkifli in straight games 11-6, 11-7, 11-7. In the quarterfinal the Indian ousted Japanese player Yamato Sonobe 11-7, 11-5, 11-7. Known for his fighting qualities, Abhay gave his all against the top seeded Sajad Zareian of Iran but fell in the decisive fifth game to lose out ?for ?a place in the final. The Iranian won 11-8, 8-11, 11-8, 7-11, 16-14.
Another Indian to go some distance was Nikhil Jason in the Boys U-15. The 9/16 seeded player reached the fourth round before exiting. Nikhil had a bye in the first round, and then beat Netish Tharmaraja of Malaysia 11-2, 11-3, 11-5 next, got past Augustine Eugine again of Malaysia 11-5, 11-9, 11-7 before falling to Muhammad Ramlee of Malaysia 11-3, 11-5, 11-2 in the pre-quarter.
The only other Indian to take part in the tournament, Rhea Madhuvanthi in the girls U-11 lost out in the second round. Click here to view all results.