India loses to Hong Kong in world junior squash

India went down to Hong Kong in the quarterfinal of the girls team event in the WSF World junior squash championship in New Zealand on Thursday.

Sunayna, the national junior champion, played her heart out in stopping Chan Sin Yuk in four games. The 31 minute-tussle ended with Sunayna emerging 9-11, 11-6, 11-3, 11-7 victor.   -  V. Ganesan

Poor Sunayna Kuruvilla's heroics went in vain as Hong Kong, seeded four to India's six, ensured victory, even if by a 2-1 margin in the quarterfinal of the girls team event in the WSF World junior squash championship here on Thursday.

Sunayna, the national junior champion, had made the first appearance as the number two player of the team, in keeping with the day's order of play (2-1-3) and played her heart out in stopping Chan Sin Yuk in four games.

The Indian had lost the first game but showing good touch in drives and drops from there she worked her way up to win the next three games. The 31 minute-tussle ended with Sunayna emerging 9-11, 11-6, 11-3, 11-7 victor.

The 1-0 advantage drifted away soon after with neither Akanksha Salunkhe nor Aishwarya Bhattacharya able to do anything better. Akansha lost to Lui Hiu Lam 5-11, 2-11, 4-11 and Aishwarya went down to Ka Wing Ho 8-11, 5-11, 7-11.

India will now play for the the 5-8 placings matches.

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