CHENNAI: Finalists were identified in all categories in the National junior squash championship on Monday.
While the Maharashta duo of Vikram Malhotra and Aditya Jagtap set up a title clash in the U-19 category, Dipika Pallikal and Rajasthan’s Surbhi Misra zipped through to the final in the Girls section.
Surbhi caused a minor ripple when she undid higher ranked V. Anwesha Reddy in straight games in the semifinal. She moved well — way better than the sluggish Anwesha — and covered the court to good effect, if without grace.
Abhishek Pradhan and Ravi Dixit played out a marathon in the U-17 class. The players traded games, twice over, and then looked to the decider to break the deadlock.
Ravi hurried to a 7-2 lead and had three matchballs at 10-7, before Abhishek woke from his slumber and pounded out a series of winners that took him to safety. He nailed the final game 13-11.
Another lad who had exhibited creditable gumption earlier on finally ran out of luck. Sandeep Ramachandran went down to second seed Raghav Mehrotra in five games in the U-13 category. Raghav will play the top seed, Delhi’s Kush Kumar, in the final.
Meanwhile the qualifying phase of the $15,000 PSA-Indian challenger One got underway on Monday. Only three matches were scheduled. On Tuesday the final round will be gone through when the four qualifiers will be identified. The main draw competition begins on Wednesday.
The Results: (all semifinals): Boys U-11: R.K. Roshan (TN) beat Ranjeet Singh (UP) 11-7, 7-11, 11-6, 11-7; A. Rishidev (TN) beat Robin Mann (Del) 11-9, 11-5, 11-5.
Boys U-13: Kush Kumar (Del) bt Abhimanyu Shah (Mah) 11-4, 11-6, 13-11; Raghav Mehrotra (Mah) bt Sandeep Ramachandran (TN) 12-14, 11-2, 13-15, 11-9, 11-7.
Boys U-15: Mahesh Mangaonkar (Mah) bt Deepak Mishra (Del) 11-0, 11-3, 11-6; Vivek Dinodia (WB) bt Vrishab Kotian (TN) 1-7, 3-11 5,-11 11-6, 11-7.
Boys U-17: Abhishek Pradhan (TN) bt Ravi Dixit (TN) 11-13, 13-11, 5-11, 11-5, 13-11; Karan Malik (TN) bt Ramit Tandon (TN) 11-8, 11-9, 11-4.
Boys U-19: Vikram Malhotra (Mah) bt Laxman Joshi (Mah) 11-1, 11-5, 11-3; Aditya Jagtap (Mah) bt Paramit Singh (TN) 10-12, 11-3, 11-7, 11-4.
Girls U-11: Adya Advani (Del) bt Rayna Kishanchandani (Mah) 11-0, 11-4, 11-3; Aishwarya Bhattacharya (Mah) bt Jui Kalgutar (Mah) 5-11, 11-5, 11-9, 8-11, 11-6.
Girls U-13: Pankhuri Malhotra (Del) bt Likhitta Dugar (TN) 11-6, 11-4, 11-3; R. Lakshya bt Heba Johnson 3-0 (games).
Girls U-15: Anaka Alankamony (TN) bt Shria Khatri (Mah) 11-4, 11-3, 11-3; Saumya Karki (Mah) bt Aprajitha Balamurukan (TN) 11-13, 11-8, 11-8, 6-11, 11-7.
Girls U-17: Harita Om Prakash (TN) bt Tanvi Jain (MP) 11-1, 11-3, 11-6; Ankita Sharma bt Dheeya Somaiya 3-2 (games).
Girls U-19: Dipika Pallikal (TN) bt Swati Muchhal (MP) 11-5, 11-1, 11-1; Surbhi Misra (RAJ) bt (2) V. Anwesha Reddy (TN) 11-7, 11-8, 11-5.