POSTED DAE : Sept. 15, 2014
Kush Kumar and Lakshya Ragavendran emphasized their strength in the U-19 section by retaining the respective titles though in contrasting style at the Indian Junior Open held at at the Indian Squash Academy.
akaWhile Kumar continued to show exemplary touch, something that had made him the first male player to from India to reach the quarterfinal in the recent World junior championship in Namibia, Lakshya had to dig into her reserves to ensure victory. While Kumar downed the promising Ranvijay Singh, Lakshya edged Malaysian Aika Azman in the five-game final.
Equally emphatic was another ISA pupil Velavan Senthilkumar who had the measure of the Dhampur boy Ranjit Singh in the U-17 section while Akanksha Salunkhe’s impressive run in the girls’ section continued as she made short of her 5-10 arrears in the deciding fifth game to oust the Hong Kong player Cheng Nga Ching. Deservedly she won a big round of applause for her grand effort.
Of the foreign players, the Malaysians had something to remember in the girls’ section. Aifa Azman and Sehveetraa Kumar provided the success stories. V.K. Jeyakodi, Member-Secretary, SDAT was the chief guest and gave away the prizes.