Mixed day for India in world junior squash

If it was a shock for the girls with none of the five able to win its first round, the boys scene was in total contrast with all passing the first round test.

Robin Mann had a big scare when he was down two games but showed his grit to claw back and post a grand win over a Hong Kong player.   -  Special Arrangement

Indians faced mixed fortunes on the opening day with the boys doing well but the girls facing reverses in the individual competitions of the World junior squash championship here on Saturday.

If it was a shock for the girls with none of the five able to win its first round, the boys scene was in total contrast with all passing the first round test. The only one who was not needed to come on the court was the Velavan Senthilkumar because he had a first round bye.

The rest five fought its way up with a touch of pluck. Only Robin Mann had a big scare when he was down two games but showed his grit to claw back and post a grand win over a Hong Kong player.

The results:

Boys: Adik Aryaman bt Mikolaj Korsak (poland) 11-1, 11-6, 11-4; Adithya Raghavan bt Abedalkader Jeitan (Jordan) 13-11, 11-6, 11-6; Ranjit Singh bt Roman Allinckx (Swiss) 11-13, 11-5, 11-4, 11-8; Robin Mann bt Nam Mathew Lai Cheuk(HK) 8-11, 8-11, 11-9, 11-7, 11-3; Abhay Singh bt Cedric De Vos (Belgium) 11-4, 13-11, 13-11;

Girls: Jui Kagutkar lost to Beihard Saskia (Germany)11-8, 6-11, 6-11, 5-11, Akanksha Salunkhe lost to Jasmine Hutton (England)10-12, 2-11, 11-3, 7-11; Sunayna Kuruvilla lost to Lucy Turmel (England) 6-11, 6-11, 8-11; Ashita Bhengre lost to Elenor Epke (NZ) 11-6, 11-4, 11-9; Adya Advani lost to Lui Hiu Lam 11-9, 9-11, 10-12, 8-11.