Anaka, Aparajitha win at World Squash on mixed day for India

New Delhi: Newly-crowned Asian Junior champion Anaka Alankamony registered an easy second round victory on a day which otherwise witnessed mixed fortunes for Indian racqueters at the World Junior Men and Women individual Squash Championships in Doha, Qatar.

Alankamony, who got a bye in the first round, defeated Oxanne Ah Hu of France 11-3 11-2 11-1 to storm into the third round of the women`s singles event where she will meet Hong Kong`s Ho Ka Po.

Aparajitha Balamurukan, who also got a bye in the first round, won a hard-fought five-set battle against Colombia`s Laura Viviana Tovar Perez.

The 9-16th seeded Indian overcame a stiff challenge from Perez 14-12 9-11 6-11 11-4 11-9 to book her berth in Round 3 of the tournament where she will be up against Egypt`s Mariam Metwally.

In the men`s singles event, Mahesh Mangaonkar saw off Canada`s Zac Leman`s 11-5 11-4 11-9 while Abhishek Pradhan and Vrishab Kotian also continued the winning momentum.

Pradhan brushed aside the challenge of Manuel Wanner of Switzerland 11-7 11-5 11-5 while Kotian put paid to the hopes of Zimbabwe`s Faisal Hassan 11-7 11-6 14-12.

In the third round, Mangaonkar will meet England`s Matthew Sidaway while Pradhan will lock horns with Colombia`s Juan Camilo Varagas and Kotian faces Egyptian Mohamed Abouelghar.

Among others in the fray, Deepak Mishra fought gallantly before going down to England`s Richie Fallows 2-11 9-11 10-12 while Vivek Dinodia was also ousted by Japan`s Ryosei Kobayashi 3-11 1-11 11-5 7-11 in the second round of the men`s event.

It was also curtains for Lakshya Ragavendran and Harshit Kaur Jawanda in the women`s second round. Ragavendran went down figting to France`s Julia Le Coq 6-11 1-11 11-8 11-13 while Jawanda lost to higher-ranked French Melissa Alves 11-5 9-11 6-11 9-11.


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