Asian Junior Team Squash C'ship: India starts on positive note

India boys began on a positive note on the opening day with two wins, over Korea and Japan, in the Group A league encounter in the Asian Junior team squash championship on Wednesday.

The Indian junior team.

India boys, seeded number one, began on a positive note on the opening day with two wins, over Korea and Japan, in the Group A league encounter in the Asian Junior team squash championship here on Wednesday. The girls will open their account tomorrow.

India began with its match against Korea and as per the order of play, the third player Aryaman Adik, playing his first match for India came on view. According to national coach Cyrus Poncha, who is with the team, Adik was a little hesitant in the first game against Seong Chan Park. The points went neck and neck but once he grabbed that game, Adik was well in control, said Poncha as he went on to win the first match.

Velavan Senthilkumar was the next to play. He started off well, had a good second game but in the third game things went close before the Korean, Handong Ryu suffered a bleeding injury. This came as a distraction for the Indian as he lost that game but regained touch in the fourth to give India a winning 2-0 margin. In the inconseqeuential third match, Abhay Singh was beaten by In Woo Lee but India won the tie 2-1.

Later in the day, India swamped Japan 3-0. The only change in the side was Ranjit Singh coming in for for Adik and played the first match which proved an easy affair against Shota Ogata. Velavan then ousted Kota Matsumoto and Abhay Singh set aside the challenge of Naoki Sone to make it a satisfying day for India.

The results: Pool A: India bt Korea 2-1 (Aryaman Adik bt Seong Chan Park 11-9, 11-4, 11-8; Velavan Senthilkumar bt Handong Ryu 11-8, 11-2, 8-11, 11-8; Abhay Singh lost to In Woo Lee 11=13. 4=11. 10-12); beat Japan 3-0 (Ranjit Singh bt Shota Ogata 11-3, 11-2, 11-3; Velavan Senthilkumar bt Kota Matsumoto 11-5, 13-11, 11-8; Abhay Singh bt Naoki Sone 11-3, 11-9, 11-4).

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