Five Indians win in Scottish Junior Open squash


Edinburgh : Five Indians emerged champions in different categories in the final round of the 62nd Scottish Junior Open squash championships here.

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Out of the six Indians in the finals, Sandeep Ramchandran (under-11), Mahesh Mangaonkar (under-15), Karan Malik (under-17) and Harinderpal Singh (under-19) won in the boy’s category while Anwesha Reddy (under-17) emerged champion in the girls’ category in the final round at Heriot Watt here Sunday. Around 200 top juniors from 25 countries took part in the tournament in various age categories.

Ramchandran defeated Ryan Murray of the US 9-0, 9-0, 9-2 to win the boy’s under-11 title.

Mangaonkar was in his elements and defeated Dylan Murray of the US in straight sets 9-7, 9-6, 9-7. The Mumbai lad was the under-13 champion last year.

Unseeded Malik toppled Canadian Andrew Schnell 9-1, 9-1, 9-4 in the boy’s under-17 final. In the semi-finals Malik had defeated another Canadian of Indian origin Arjun Gupta to book his maiden international final berth.

In the boy’s under-19 category, Singh defeated Kelly Shannon of Canada 9-4, 4-9, 9-1 and 10-8.

Anwesha defeated Kimberley Hay of England 9-3, 9-5, 10-8 in 29 minutes to win the girls’ under-17 title.

Aparajita Balamurukan was the lone Indian to falter in the final as she went down 5-9, 1-9 and 2-9 to Australian Tamika Saxby in the girls’ under-15 category.

Last year Ravi Dixit (under-15) and Mangaonkar were the two winners from India.