India enter quarter-finals of world junior men’s squash

August 6th, 2008 - 2:17 pm ICT by IANS  

Zurich, Aug 6 (IANS) The Indian team reached the quarter-final stage for the fourth consecutive time since 2002 at the 15th World junior men’s squash championships here. India defeated Australia 2-1 in the pre quarter final.

Vikram Malhotra gave India the perfect start when he dispatched Australian Mathew Hopkin in straight games. Vikram was aggressive and hit perfect lengths throughout the match.

But Jacob Alexander pulled it back for the Australians defeating Aditya Jagtap in four keenly fought games.

The Australia No.2 Alexander started aggressively and did not give Aditya a chance to get into the match. Aditya being 2-0 down gave the Indians a glimmer of hope when he clawed his way back from 3-7 in the third game. However, he was unable to hold on in the fourth game and lost 3-1.

In the decider, Ravi Dixit played flawless squash to seal the fate of the Australians. Ravi was in an uncompromising mood and steamrolled Joshua Larkin 3-0.

India beat Australia 2-1: Vikram Malhotra bt Matthew Hopkin 9-7, 9-6, 9-6; Jacob Alexander bt Aditya Jagtap 9-3 9-6, 7-9, 9-4; Ravi Dixit bt Joshua Larkin 9-2, 9-1, 9-0.

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