Elias ends Kumar`s impressive run in World Junior Squash

PTI| Last Updated: Aug 15, 2014, 15:08 PM IST

Windhoek, Namibia: Top seed Diego Elias of Peru proved too good for India`s Kush Kumar in the semifials of the World Junior Squash Championships here.

Elias ended Kumar`s impressive run in the tournament with a 11-5 11-7 11-4 victory yesterday.

The title favourite takes on Egyptian Omar El Atmas, who beat Pakistan`s Syed Ali Buhkari 13-11 10-12 11-9 12-10 in the other semifinal.

It was a memorable experience for Kumar who became the first Indian reach the semifinals of the premier tournament on the junior circuit.

"To be honest, I am happy with the way I played throughout this tournament. Overall, I`m having a great time in Namibia ... The weather is great and people are very friendly and reaching the semis tops it all. I`m really happy with myself," Kumar told the tournament website.

Talking about his loss to the top seed, Kumar added: "I really tried my best to send him around the court, but he always responded to each situation and that made it difficult for me to contain him. He has a way of making things look easy and that makes him an excellent player," said Kumar.

Results:

Men`s semi-finals: [1] Diego Elias (PER) BTU [3/4] Kush Kumar (IND) 11-5, 11-7, 11-4 (42m), [9/12] Omar Atmas (EDGY) BTU [9/12] Syed Ali Mugabe Shah Bukhara (PARK) 13-11, 10-12, 11-9, 12-10 (76m).

Women`s semi-finals: [5/8] Habib Mohamed Ahmed (EDGY) BTU [1] Nor El Sherwin (EDGY) 8-11, 5-11, 12-10, 11-8, 13-11 (94m) [2] Norean Gohar (EGY) bt [3/4] Mariam Metwally (EGY) 9-11, 11-4, 11-6, 11-0 (41m).