Indian girls advance in world junior team squash

July 27th, 2011 - 3:47 pm ICT by IANS  

Boston, July 27 (IANS) India recorded two wins in the women’s World Junior Team squash championship at Harvard near here Tuesday, defeating France 3-0 and Hong Kong 2-1.

After the morning win over France, the scene was set for what was essentially the decisive match in Pool C against Hong Kong.

Hong Kong took the lead as Tze-Lok Ho beat Aparajitha Balamurukan 17-15 in the fourth in a thriller that had both teams on the edge of their seats and brought players from other courts over to watch at regular intervals.

Aparajitha got off to a slow start and never seemed to recover against Ho, who kept the pressure with her retrieving skills. The Indian played well in the third and had a very close fourth game but Ho edged out Aparajitha.

Indian nerves were settled when Asian Under-19 champion Anaka Alankamony put in an assured performance to demolish Asian Under-17 title holder Ka-Po Ho 11-0, 11-5, 11-3. Anaka was ruthless and won quite comfortably.

Saumya Karki completed the comeback for India, beating Ka-Yi Lee 12-10, 11-8, 11-6. She played some blistering drives and volleys. Saumya kept the tempo for the entire duration.

India next take on Ecuador and are assured of topping Pool C.

The results:

(3) India beat (11) France 3-0: Aparajitha Balamurukan bt Marie Stephan 9-11, 10-12, 11-8, 11-8, 11-7; Anaka Alankamony bt Melissa Alves 12-10, 12-10, 11-6; Saumya Karki bt Julia Lecoq 7-11, 11-5, 11-4, 9-11, 11-7.

(3) India beat (6) Hong Kong 2-1: Aparajitha Balamurukan lost to Tze-Lok Ho 3-11, 8-11, 11-8, 15-17; Anaka Alankamony bt Ka-Po Ho 11-0, 11-5, 11-3; Saumya Karki bt Ka-Yi Lee 12-10, 11-8, 11-6.

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