India in women`s junior squash c`ships` semis

New Delhi: Third seeds India entered the World Junior Women`s Squash Championships` team semifinals after thrashing England 2-0 in Cairo, Egypt.

India took the lead when Asian junior champion Anaka Alankamony beat European junior champion and Individual semifinalist Emily Whitlock.

Anaka seemed to have the answer to everything Whitlock could throw at her and outplayed her for two games before leading 6-2 in the third.

Whitlock then got a measure of control with a run of four points to draw level and with the Indian showing signs of nerves, a game was pulled back.

Anaka`s assured play was back in the fourth game though, and she looked in command as she went 9-4 ahead before wrapping the issue in her favour.

It looked as though Victoria Temple-Murray would pull one back for England when she established a two-game lead, but Aparajitha Balamurukan fought back superbly, saving a solitary match-ball at 9-10 in the fourth game before racing away with the fifth to delight the Indian bench and supporters.

India play second seeds USA in the semifinals tomorrow.

The Result:

Anaka Alankamony 3-1 Emily Whitlock 11/7, 11/5, 9/11, 11/9

Aparajitha Balamurukan 3-2 Victoria Temple-Murray 7/11, 6/11, 11/8, 12/10, 11/4

Saumya Karki v Katie Smith (dead rubber).


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