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India manages to make the pre-quarterfinals

Turning it on: Yash Fadte, foreground, raised his game when it mattered to outlast Switzerland’s Yannick Wilhelmi.

Turning it on: Yash Fadte, foreground, raised his game when it mattered to outlast Switzerland’s Yannick Wilhelmi.  

After easing past Saudi Arabia, the host wards off the Swiss challenge

Seeded five, India didn’t exactly cover itself with glory as it huffed and puffed its way to reach the pre-quarterfinals with victories over lower-seeded opponents in the World junior boys’ team squash championships here on Tuesday.

After an easy 3-0 win over 23rd seed Saudi Arabia, India nearly lost the plot against Switzerland, seeded 12th, before going on to win 2-1 to top Group E.

Top seed Egypt and England, the third seed, also made the last 16.

Yash Fadte played out of his skin out to defeat Yannick Wilhelmi 11-8, 7-11, 5-11, 11-4, 11-9 in the third and decisive match to win the tie against Switzerland. After Utkarsh Baheti had put it across Campbell Wells with a measure of comfort, Veer Chotrani disappointed with a lacklustre display against Nils Roesch.

Yannick, who had lost to the eventual singles champion Mostafa Asal in the fourth round, wasn’t a neophyte.

He moved as well as Yash and found the right angles for winners.

After losing the third game, Yash brought out his A-game in the next two. He was confident and was consistently aggressive.

When Yash had four match-points at 10-6 in the fifth game, Yannick hit back, winning the next three points, before committing a backhand error.

“I lost my concentration in the second and third games. My coaches and friends told me that we shouldn’t go back without winning this. I couldn’t have done it without the support of the crowd,” said Yash.

The results: Group A: Egypt bt Singapore 3-0; bt Australia 3-0.

B: Canada bt Scotland 3-0; C: England bt South Africa 2-1; bt Ireland 3-0.

E: India bt Saudi Arabia 3-0 (Rahul Baitha bt Abdulelah Boureggah 11-1, 11-4, 11-2; Utkarsh Baheti bt Abdulmajeed Boureggah 11-2, 11-7, 11-5; Veer Chotrani bt Mohammad Almwled 12-10, 11-4, 11-8).

India bt Switzerland 2-1 (Baheti bt Campbell Wells 11-6, 6-11, 13-11, 11-9; Chotrani lost to Nils Roesch 11-9, 5-11, 3-11, 7-11; Fadte bt Yannick Wilhelmi 11-8, 7-11, 5-11, 11-4, 11-9).

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