Indian girls enter Rd 3; boys challenge ends in World Squash

Sachika Ingale, Harshit Kaur Jawanda and Lakshya Ragavendran advanced to the third round of the girls' singles while Indian challenge in the boys' section came to an end on the second day of the World Junior Squash Championships being played in the historic city of Wroclaw.

Sachika made short work of Grace Mcervale from Australia to lead the Indian contingent into the third round. With the first game evenly poised at 6-6, Sachika used her delightful drops and boasts to clinch the game and set the tone for the match.

Sachika was always in control and asserted her dominance in emphatic style with a comfortable win over Mcervale.

Harshit Kaur Jawanda used her speed and aggressive play to maintain the upper hand over Karolina Holinkova of Czech Republic and duly booked her place in Round 3.Lakshya Ragavendran played well to control the youthful exuberance of the dangerous floater Sivasangari Subramaniam from Malaysia. Lakshya hardly broke a sweat in winning the first two but lost her concentration in the third to allow the Malaysian to make a comeback.

Sivasangari took full advantage of the momentary lapse to cash in on the third game before Lakshya restored regular order in no time.

Tanvi Khanna was the only Indian girl to lose on the day, after being outplayed by [9/12] seed Vanessa Raj of Malaysia.

Lakshya plays Lilly Taylor in the third round, Harshit has the unenviable task of playing reigning Asian Junior Champion Ho Ka Po from Hong Kong and Sachika plays Canadian No.1 Hollie Naughton for a place in the last 16. 

In the boys' category, Deepak Mishra, Kush Kumar and Rishi Tandon all fell in Round 3 as Indian campaign drew to an early close.

Deepak, who received a bye into the third round, was completely outclassed by an impressive Diego Elias [5/8] of Chile. British Junior U-17 winner Diego played to outstanding length and consistency giving Deepak a very low margin for error as he went down in four games.

India's final hopes rested on the shoulders of Kush, who was playing Joel Malin of Wales in the third round. Kush found himself playing a catch-up job as he had no response to Joel's excellent drives and a stroke and a boast into the tin sealed the game and match for the Welsh lad.


Boys Round 3: Diego Elias (PER) beat Deepak Mishra 11-3 11-1 10-12 11-4 Lyell Fuller (ENG) beat Rishi Tandon 11-4 11-5 12-14 11-7 Joel Makin (WAL) beat Kush Kumar 11-9 13-11 6-11 11-7

Girls Round 2: Sachika Ingale beat Grace Mcervale (AUS) 11-8 11-6 11-5 Harshit Kaur beat Karolina Holinkava(CZE) 11-8 11-3 11-5 Lakshya Ragavendran beat Sivasangari (MAS) 11-8 11-8 5-11 11-5 Tanvi Khanna lost to Vanessa Raj (MAS) 5-11 2-11 2-11. 

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