Egypt and India off to assertive starts

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THE FINAL NAIL: With India up 2-0 against Germany, Anwesha Reddy clinched the third rubber to complete the rout.
THE FINAL NAIL: With India up 2-0 against Germany, Anwesha Reddy clinched the third rubber to complete the rout.

Kunal Diwan

India defeats Germany 3-0

Malaysia, Canada also breeze through

CHENNAI: Egypt and India, seeded one and two respectively, made winning starts to their campaigns in the World junior girls’ team championship at the Indian Squash Academy here on Monday.

After returning empty-handed from the individual tournament, India began the team event on the right note, thrashing Germany 3-0 in the first round. Dipika Pallikal, Surbhi Misra and Anwesha Reddy posted straightforward wins, none of them losing even a single game.

Short and sweet

Dipika swept aside Lisa Marie Sedlmeier — purportedly Germany’s best — in 17 minutes. Surbhi Misra took exactly the same time to subdue Stefanie Rosner, making her bigger opponent grope and fumble in search of the correct shot.

With India in possession of an unassailable 2-0 lead, Anwesha Reddy decided to proceed with the dead fixture and recorded another lop-sided win against Caroline Sayegh.

In its next league match on Tuesday, India takes on France which suffered a 2-1 reversal against England.

Egypt was even more complete in its domination of Sweden. Heba el Torky was kept on court for 12 minutes against Matilda Ravn-Holm. Heba won the first game at three and repeated the score in the next two games.

Nouran el Torky and girls’ individual champion Nour el Sherbini, too, brushed aside Eira Mooney and Jennie Lindstrom, respectively, without encountering any trouble.

Third seed Malaysia and fourth seed Canada also breezed through their ties, against Denmark and Spain, without dropping a match.

The results: Pool ‘A’: Egypt bt Sweden 3-0 (Heba el Torky bt Matilda Ravn-Holm 11-3, 11-3, 11-3; Nouran el Torky bt Eira Mooney 11-2, 11-3, 11-3; Nour el Sherbini bt Jennie Lindstrom 14-12, 11-6, 11-2); New Zealand bt Australia 3-0 (Lana Harrison bt Sarah Cardwell 11-9, 11-8, 11-9; Emma Millar bt Christine Nunn 11-7, 11-5, 11-9; Amanda Landers Murphy bt Tamika Saxby 7-11, 11-8, 11-6, 11-4).

Pool ‘B’: India bt Germany 3-0 (Dipika Pallikal bt Lisa Marie Sedlmeier 11-4, 11-3, 11-5; Surbhi Misra bt Stefanie Rosner 11-6, 11-1, 11-7; Anwesha Reddy bt Caroline Sayegh 11-9, 11-7, 11-5); England bt France 2-1 (Millie Tomlinson bt Emilie Lamilango 11-7, 11-6, 8-11, 10-12, 11-7; Rachael Chadwick lost to Julianne Lecoq 12-10, 6-11, 4-11, 6-11; Kimberley Hay bt Cyrielle Peltier 11-3, 11-8, 12-10).

Pool ‘C’: Malaysia bt Denmark 3-0 (Low Wee Nee bt Anna Sophia Jensen 11-2, 11-7, 11-2; Rachael Goh bt Nanna Frederiksen 11-1, 11-5, 11-4; Nessrine Ariffin bt Millie Jensen 11-7, 11-5, 11-5); Hong Kong China bt Netherlands 3-0 (Tsz Ling Liu bt Milou Van der Heijden 11-5, 7-11, 6-11, 11-2, 11-1; Ka Man Lee bt Tessa ter Sluis 11-5, 11-3, 11-6; Tsz Wing Tong bt Ilona Lagerweg 11-6, 11-7, 11-6).

Pool ‘D’: USA bt South Africa 3-0 (Oliva Blatchford bt Cheyna Tucker 11-8, 11-9, 11-9; Yarden Odinak bt Alexandra Fuller 11-7, 11-9, 12-10; Amanda Sobhy bt Robyn Baptiste 11-5, 11-2, 11-6); Canada bt Spain 3-0 (Samantha Cornett bt Ana Arosa 11-3, 11-7, 9-11, 11-8; Danielle Letourneau bt Maria Da Fonte 11-4, 11-5, 11-8; Jennifer Pelletier bt Sarah Esperon 11-1, 11-4, 11-3).

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