POSTED DAE : Feb. 12, 2016
GUWAHATI: India’s fortunes received a slight dent when untested junior Sunayna Kuruvilla went down fighting in the first round which happened to be the quarterfinal on the opening day of the squash individual event in the South Asian Games 2016 here on Saturday.
Sunayna was a last minute replacement for her cousin, the seasoned Dipika Pallikal after the latter citing a shoulder injury was permitted to withdraw from the individual competitions. Two players from each participating country was the norm so, Sunayna and the top seed Joshna Chinappa were the Indian entries.
The Chennai schoolgirl was new to this level of competition but put up a good fight against the Sri Lankan girl Mihilya Methsarani, a bronze medallist at the Commonwealth Youth Games in Samoa last year. The Indian girl was up by two games to one before losing her was. Mihilya won 6-11, 11-9, 4-11, 11-5, 12-10
Else results panned out on expected lines both in the men’s and women’s sections.
In the men’s section the first round happened to be the pre-quarterfinal and both the Indians top seed Saurav Ghosal and Harinder Pal Singh Sandhu who had a bye in the went through easily to the last four.
Md Shumon (BAN) bt Amrit Thapa Magar, (NEP), 9-11 11-6 11-5 3-11 11-5 ;
Arhant Keshar Simha, (NEP) bt Md Shopon Pervez (BAN) 12-10 13-15 9-11 11-8 11-5 .
Saurav Ghosal (IND) bt, Md Shumon (BAN) 11-5 11-1 11-3 .
Farhan Zaman (PAK,) bt Ravindu H Laksiri (SRI), 11-8 16-14 11-9 .
Harinder Pal Singh Sandhu (IND,) bt Md Shamil Wakeel (SRI) 11-3 11-8 11-3 .
Nasir Iqbal (PAK) bt Arhant Keshar Simha, (NEP,) 11-4 12-10 11-0 .
Joshana Chinappa (IND) bt Krishna Thapa, (NEP) 11-6 11-4 11-4 .
Sadia Gul (PAK), def. Naduni Gunawardane, (SRI) 11-4 11-4 11-4 .
Maria Toorpaki Wazir (PAK,) bt Bhavana Sunwar, (NEP) 11-4 11-2 11-3