Juniors Senthil Kumar and Fadte win titles in Germany

Mumbai: Indian juniors Velavan Senthilkumar and Yash Fadte clinched the under-17 and under-13 boys` titles respectively in the Pioneer Cup, a European super series squash tournament for juniors, in Cologne, Germany.

Senthilkumar, seeded 21, shocked top seed Dmitri Steinmann of Switzerland in four games in round two before upsetting second seed Enzo Corgliano, from France, in four games (11-3 8-11 11-8 11-8) in the final yesterday to lift the under-17 crown, according to information available here.

Tamil Nadu`s Senthilkumar beat back the challenge of four other rivals, from USA, England, Scotland and Canada, en route to the title.

His compatriot Robin Singh Mann finished third after defeating Canadian Rahul Sehrawat in four games. Unseeded Fadte also shocked the top two seeds from France - Manuel Paquemar in the quarters and Toufik Mekhalfi in the final - to win the boys under-13 title.

Unseeded Fadte, who recently won a silver medal on debut while playing for India in the 21st
Asian Junior Individual Squash Championship in Kish Island, Iran, beat Mekhalfi 11-5 11-4 11-4 in a 36-minute final.

The boy from Vasco, Goa, stunned top seed Manuel Paquemar, also of France, 11-6 13-15 11-4 11-4 in a 49-minute quarter-final match before defeating another French rival, seventh seed Matteo Cremoux, in the semis.

Earlier, Fadte defeated Yannick Mahieu of Belgium in the first round, Karim Farrag of Czech Republic in the second round and Nathan Mead of England in the third round, without dropping a game.

"This victory was crucial especially after I narrowly missed winning the title in Iran," said Fadte from Germany. "Playing in such tournaments gives me valuable exposure and experience."
Harshit Kaur Jawanda of India finished runner up in the girls under-17 group after going down to Chloe Chemtob of Canada 11-5 2-11 6-11 10-12 in the title clash.

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