India off to winning start jr. women`s squash team

New Delhi: India began their team campaign well, notching up resounding wins over France and Hong Kong in their Pool C ties of the World Junior Women`s Squash Championships in Cairo, Egypt.

After routing 11th seeds France 3-0, third seeds India got the better of sixth seeds Hong Kong 2-1 in their preliminary group engagements.

Hong Kong took the advantage when Aparajitha Balamurukan lost 3-11, 8-11, 11-8, 15-17 to Tze-Lok Ho.

Aparajitha got off to a slow start and never seemed to recover against Ho who kept the pressure with her retrieving skills.

Aparajitha played well in the third game and had a very close fourth game but Ho edged past her in the fourth.

Indian nerves were settled when Asian Junior Champion Anaka Alankamony put in an assured performance to demolish Asian Junior champion Ka-Po Ho 11-0, 11-5, 11-3.

Anaka was ruthless and won the match dropping only eight points.

Saumya Karki completed the comeback, beating Ka-Yi Lee 12-10, 11-8, 11-6. Playing some blistering drives and volleys, Saumya kept the tempo for the entire duration to seal the victory for India.

India play Ecuador tomorrow and are assured of topping Pool C.


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