POSTED DAE : July 12, 2016
CHENNAI: India's Yash Fadte fell at the final hurdle but stilll did himself proud by finishing runner up in the boys U-15 category in the Pioneer Cup 2016 super series junior event organised by the German Squash Federation in Cologne.
He was the only Indian player this year to reach this high. In the final, Fadte went down fighting to the English player Jared Carter in five games after leading 2-1 at one stage. Carter won 12-10, 6-11, 9-11,11-7, 14-12.
Fadte had a impressive run to the final beating 5/8 seed Andre Igelbrink of Germany 11-6, 12-10, 11-6 in the first round. Thereafter getting past Adam Jirousek (Cze) 11-2 11-3, 11-4 and Yassim Amir (USA) 11-4, 11-6, 11-7 next, the Indian brought down the second seed Miguel Mathis of Switzerland in the quarters 11-6, 11-5, 11-3. In the semi-final he beat Ashraf Abdelnaby of Egypt 11-5, 11-1, 11-3.
Results of other Indians: BoysU-19: Ist rd: Abhay Singh bt Sean Redman (Ger) 11-3, 11-6, 11-9 ; II nd rd: bt Andraz Demsar (Slo) 13-11, 11-4, 11-5; IIIrd rd: lost to Dimitri Steinmann (Swit) 9-11, 11-8, 11-2, 11-3; U-13: Ist rd: Rutwa Samant bt Philipp Hansert (Swit) 11-3, 11-6, 11-4; II nd rd: bt Jackson Whitfield (Eng) 11-8, 11-7, 3-11, 11-8; IIIrd rd: lost to Nathan Masset (Bel) 9-11,6-1, 3-11
Girls: U-17: Ist rd: Koel Shankar lost to Eve Coxon (Eng) 8-11, 2-11, 2-11.