Anaka in pre-quarters of World Jr Squash

New Delhi: Anaka Alankamony was the lone Indian to make the pre-quarterfinals after five others crashed out following losses in the preliminary stages of the World Junior Women`s Squash Championships in Boston, USA.

Anaka defeated Canadian Alix Younger 11-8, 11-4, 11-8 in 21 minutes to set up a clash with top seed Nour El Tayeb. Meanwhile, Aparajitha Balamurukan lost in the round of 32 to 3/4 seed Nour Sherbini from Egypt.

In the earlier round, Aparajitha dropped the second game before defeating Choi Uen Shan of Hong Kong 11-9, 9-11, 11-4, 11-6, while Anaka, also needed four games to defeat Olivia Fiechter of USA.

The three other Indian girls, Lakshya Ragavendran, Saumya Karki and Ankita Sharma ended up on the losing side in the second round.

While Lakshya Ragavendran lost to Olivia Blatchford of USA, Saumya Karki went down to Ho Tze-Lok of Hong Kong.

Anikita was beaten by Egyptian Mariam Metwally.

Bureau Report

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