All India Squash: Rohit Kadam overcomes Saurabh Kumar to advance to last-eight

Rohit Kadam led 2-0 before Saurabh Kumar put up a terrific fight to take the third game, only to lose the next meekly.

Kadam triumphed 11-6, 11-6, 9-11, 11-6 at the Goregoan Sports Club. (representative image)   -  R. Ragu

Maharashtra’s Rohit Kadam was stretched by Saurabh Kumar of Uttar Pradesh before he advanced into the men’s quarterfinals of the GSC-All IndiaSquash Open here Tuesday.

Kadam led 2-0 before Kumar put up a terrific fight to take the third game, only to lose the next meekly.

Kadam triumphed 11-6, 11-6, 9-11, 11-6 at the Goregoan Sports Club.

Maharashtra’s Deepak Tiwari put up plucky fight against second-seeded Abhishek Agarwal, also from the host state, before being beaten 11-8, 11-9, 11-8 in another pre- quarter-final clash.

Maharashtra’s Aishwary Singh dropped the first game before he ousted his state-mate Pradeep Amar Singh 5-11, 11-3, 11-7, 11-6 to enter the last eight.

Top seeded Abhishek Pradhan and Services Mahul Kumar also entered the quarters.

In the boys’ under-19 category, Delhi’s Jaideep Singh battled past West Bengals Sampuran Baneree before making the last eight with a 11-7, 11-0, 11-13, 11-7 win.

Results

Men (pre-quarterfinals): (1)- Abhishek Pradhan (MH) bt Ravi Dixit (DL) 11-6, 11-6 (ret); Mahul Kumar (SER) bt Divit Poojary (MH) 11-4, 11-6, 11-7; Anuj Unadkat (SER) bt Soumik Banerjee (MH) 11-7, 11-3, 11-5; Aishwary Singh (MH) bt Pradeep Amar Singh (MH) 5-11, 11-3, 11-7, 11-6; Jamal Sakib bt Arun Sharma (MH) 0-0 (ret); Rohit Kadam (MH) bt Saurabh Kumar (UP) 11-6, 11-6, 9-11, 11-6; Rutnik Rau (MH) bt Gautam Atmakur (KA) 11-3, 11-7, 11-3; (2)- Abhishek Agarwal (MH) bt Deepak Tiwari (MH) 11-6, 11-9, 11-8.

Boys U-19: (pre-quarterfinals): (2)- Avinash Yadav (MH) bt Arfyan Steve Ryan (TN) 11-6, 11-5, 12-10; Shlok Makhia (MH) bt R J Isreel Titus Raja (TN) 11-5, 11-5, 11-7; Avinash Sahani (MH) bt Niraj Kubna (MH) 10-12, 11-1, 11-4, 11 -5; Prithi Singh (CH) bt Mohnish Mohunta (RJ) 11-7, 11-1, 11-4; Jaideep Singh (DL) bt Sampuran Baneree (WB) 11-7, 11-0, 11-13, 11-7; Advait Adik (MH) bt Karan Singh Jakhar (RJ) 11-2, 11-2, 11-3; Krish Shah (MH) bt Ajay Deshmukh (MH) 11-8, 11-9, 12-10; (1)- Araash Mehta (MH) bt Vishal Rajbhar (MH) 11-6, 13 -10, 11-0.