Record entries of over 560 have come in for the National sub-junior and junior squash championship which gets underway at the Indian Squash Academy on Monday.
Competitions will be held in ten categories in the individual event — boys and girls under-11, 13, 15, 17 and 19. The top juniors vying for the boys' under-19 title are Asian junior champion Ravi Dixit and Ramit Tandon, both from Tamil Nadu.
In the boys' under-17, rising star Mahesh Mangaonkar will be the firm favourite.
In the girls' under-19 category, Anaka Alankamony (TN) and Ankita Sharma (Maharashtra) have been seeded to reach the finals while the top two girls in the under-17 are Saumya Kakri (Maharashtra) and Aparajitha Balamurukan (TN).
The seedings: Boys: U-11: 1. Chaitanya Shah (Mah); 2. Aryan Parekh (Mah). U-13: 1. Roshan Kumarakannan (TN); 2. Solomon Ravi (TN); U-15: 1. Kush Kumar (TN); 2. Manik Dutta (MP). U-17: 1. Mahesh Mangoankar (Mah); 2. Vrishab Koitan (TN). U-19: 1. Ravi Dixit (TN); 2. Ramit Tandon (TN).
Girls: U-11: 1. Nikita Joshi (Mah); 2. Daksha Pathak (Mah). U-13: 1. Adya Advani (Del); 2. Aishwarya Bhattacharya (Mah). U-15: 1. Lakshya Ragvendra (TN); 2. Anandita Gupta (MP). U-17: 1. Saumya Karki (Mah); 2. Aparajitha Balamurukan (TN). U-19: 1. Anaka Alankamony (TN); 2. Ankita Sharma (Mah) . — Special Correspondent