Arman, Ashita lift Indian Junior Open crowns

Chennai-based Ashita beat Sanika Choudhari 11-1, 11-7, 11-5 while USA’s Arman got the better of India’s Vikas Mehra 12-10, 11-7, 11-13, 5-11, 11-7.

India’s Ashita Pranaya Bhengra and USA’s Arman Jindal won the ninth Indian Junior Open Squash tournament on Thursday. (Representative image)   -  Rajeev Bhatt

India’s Ashita Pranaya Bhengra, the second seed, and top seed Arman Jindal from USA recorded contrasting wins in the girls’ and boys’ Under-19 finals respectively to clinch the top honours at the 9th Indian Junior Open Squash tournament. The Asian Squash Federation Platinum tournament has been organised by the Bombay Gymkhana.

In the girls’ final, Chennai-based Bhengra breezed past compatriot and top seed Sanika Choudhari in three games with a degree of comfort. Bhengra produced some solid strokes and clever change of pace to outwit her Maharashtra opponent Choudhari and race to a 11-1, 11-7, 11-5 win to emerge champion.

On the other hand, Jindal was made to work extra hard by India’s Vikas Mehra, before clinching victory in five absorbing games. The US player managed to hold his cool and composure to seal a 12-10, 11-7, 11-13, 5-11, 11-7 win.

In the girls’ under-17 finals, top seed Amita Gondi (USA) defeated second seed Sanya Vats (India) 13-11, 11-9, 11-8. In the boys’ group, top seed Saksham Choudhary (India) overcame compatriot and second seed Tushar Shahani 11-5, 11-8, 5-11, 11-7 to win the title.

Bhengra and Jindal were presented with trophies and cheques of Rs 31,680 each while Gondi and Choudhary received the winner’s trophies cheques of Rs 23,040 each.

Results: Girls: U-17 (finals): Amita Gondi (USA) bt Sanya Vats (India) 13-11, 11-9, 11-8. Boys: U-17 (finals): Saksham Choudhary (India) bt Tushar Shahani (India) 11-5, 11-8, 5-11, 11-7. Girls: U-19 (finals): Ashita Pranaya Bhengra (India) bt Sanika Choudhari (India) 11-1, 11-7, 11-5.