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Joshna asserts her supremacy

MUMBAI Sept. 20 . Joshna Chinappa's powerplay proved too much for challenger Alisha Mashruwala, the top seed winning the girls' under-19 title in the Rs. 1,81,500 prize money All India Little Masters junior squash tournament, sponsored and organised by the Willingdon Sports Club, on Sunday.

The Chennai player, winner of the British Open girls' title recently, won in straight games — the first without dropping a point to assert her dominance.

Second seed Alisha picked up a few points in the next two, but found herself overwhelmed by Joshna's powerplay. The top seed won 9-0, 9-7, 9-2 and earned Rs. 18,000.

Top seed Vikas Jangra, too, was in his elements in the boys' under-19 final, defeating brother Sandeep Jangra in a one-sided clash to pick up Rs. 30,000.

The Jindal Recreation Club youngster won 9-2, 9-4, 9-5, piling up points fluently thwarting his sibling's ambitions.

The two losing finalists, however, ended up on the winning side in lower age groups, Alisha justifying top seed status in the girls under-15 with a three-game win over second-seeded Madhura Paranjape, Sandeep needed longer to deny third seed Manek Mathur a chance to stage an upset in the boys under-17 title clash, winning in five games after being blanked in the opening game.

Unseeded Vikram Malhotra pulled off a sensational win in the boys' under-15 final, defeating third seed Cyrus Vakil.

The results:

Boys under-19 (final): 1-Vikas Jangra (Jindal) bt 3-Sandeep Jangra (Jindal) 9-2, 9-4, 9-5.

Under-17 (final): 1-Sandeep Jangra (Jindal) bt 3-Manek Mathur 0-9, 10-8, 1-9, 9-4, 9-6.

Under-15 (final): Vikram Malhotra bt 3-Cyrus Vakil 9-6, 9-5, 9-4.

Under-13 (final): 1-Aditya Jagtap bt 2-Rahul D'cunha 9-4, 9-4, 9-3.

Under-11: 2-Abhishek Pradhan bt 3-Tarun Nambiar 2-9, 9-3, 9-3, 4-9, 9-7.

Girls (under-19): Final: 1-Joshna Chinappa (Chennai) bt 2-Alisha Mashruwala 9-0, 9-7, 9-2.

Under-15 (semifinal): 1-Alisha Mashruwala bt 2-Madhura Parajpe 9-2, 9-4, 9-3

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