Joshna goes down fighting in Egypt

Joshna Chinappa lost to Egyptian El Welily in a first round match of the $100,000 Al Ahram International squash tournament.

Joshna Chinappa squash

India's Joshna Chinappa lost to Raneem El Welily on Monday.   -  RITU RAJ KONWAR

India's lone entrant Joshna Chinappa lost to the third seeded Egyptian Raneem El Welily in a first round match of the $100,000 Al Ahram International, a PSA major event in Cairo on Monday. The Egyptian won 11-8, 11-2, 11-7 in just under half an hour.

Last year in the Qatar Classic, Joshna had caused a sensation when she had downed Raneem, who was then the top seed in the first round.

Raneem seemed on a revenge path as she went on a quick-finish spree. In 12 minutes, the Egyptian had gone two games up. Joshna responded well, played hard shots to go neck and neck in the third game until seven points each. There Raneem came up with four points in a row to stitch up the game and match.

I ndia sends 31-member contingent for Asian junior squash

India has sent 31 boys and girls in various age categries for 23rd Asian junior individual squash championship which gets underway in Kuala Lumpur from September 20 to 24.

Participants:

Boys: U-13: Yuvraj Wadhwani, Jeh Pandole, Jaivir Singh Dhillon, Ishaan Singh; U-15: Veer Chotrani, Yash Fadte, Neel Joshi, Prithvi Singh; U-17: Tushar Shahani, Saksham Choudhary, Aryan Parekh, Rahul Baitha, U-19: Velavan Senthilkumar, Abhay Singh, Ranjit Singh, Aryaman Adik

Girls: U-13: Diksha Aurobindo, Aishwarya Khubchandani,Abhisheka Shannon, Gitanjali Vasudevan; U-15: Samita Sivakumar, Ananya Dabke, Jannia Singh, Megha Bhatia; U-17: Nikita Joshi, Koel Shankar, Abhilasha Bhasin, Simran Nagpal, U-19: Akanksha Salunkhe, Sunayna Kuruvilla, Ashita Pranaya Bhengra.

Coaches: Avinash Bhavnani, Rehman Hubli, B. Bala Murugan, Bhuvaneshwari Kumari