Pandole ousts Senthil to enter last four
Mumbai: Mumbai boy Yohan Pandole ousted higher-ranked opponent Guhan Senthilkumar of Tamil Nadu to storm into the boys` under-17 semi-finals of the Little Masters Junior Squash tournament here today.
Pandole, seeded in the fifth to eighth slot, registered the first upset of the competition when he overcame Senthilkumar, seeded in the third to fourth slot, 3-2 after leading 2-1.
Senthilkumar fought back to force the decider but Pandole held on to the slender lead to win the match.
In the same category, top seed Mahdav Dhingra survived a tough contest against Mudit Pant, who was seeded in the fifth to eighth slot, to reach the semifinals.
Among the girls, J S Krithica of the Indian Squash Academy, Chennai caused the other upset of the day when she shocked second seed Avani Nagar of Mumbai 3-1 in another tight contest organised by Willingdon Sports Club.
Results (Quarter-finals, all from Maharashtra unless specified otherwise): Boys U-19: 1-Mahesh Mangaonkar bt Abhishek Agarwal (Jindal) 11-6, 11-3, 11-5; Shravan Kaul (Bengal) bt Ishaan Advani 11-5, 11-7, 11-8; Deepak Mishra (TN) bt Ankit Acharya 11-3, 11-3, 11-4.
Boys U-17: 1-Madhav Dhingra bt Mudit Pant 11-4, 15-17, 12-10, 11-2; Arjun Kochhar bt Akhilesh Yadav 11-5, 11-0, 11-7; Yohan Pandole bt Guhan Senthilkumar (TN) 11-8, 6-11, 11-5, 1-11, 11-6; Aishwary Singh bt Depak Tiwari 11-2, 11-3, 11-4.
Boys U-11: 1-Yash Fadte (Goa) bt Vedant Mehra 11-2, 11-5. 11-4; Druv Vazirani bt Tanay Punjabi 11-8, 13-15, 11-9, 11-7; Neel Joshi bt Tejas Chawla (Delhi) 11-2, 11-4, 11-9; 2-Advait Adik bt Arman Darukhanawala (CCI) 11-2, 11-2, 11-3.
Girls U-19: Ria Advani bt Vidita Nevatia 13-15, 8-11, 14-12, 11-6, 11-6.
Girls U-13: Navmi Sharma bt Aariya Patel 11-9, 11-5, 11-7; Simran Nagpal (Delhi) bt Abhilasha Bhasin 11-4, 11-2, 11-4; 2-Shrishti Nagar bt Mira Kamat 11-3, 11-6, 11-7.
Girls U-11: 1-Megha Bhatia (Noida) bt Nikita Singh 11-5, 11-2, 11-4; Ananya Dabke bt Anannya Morey 11-1, 11-6, 11-2; J S Krithica (TN) bt 2-Avani Nagar 11-8, 11-8, 9-11, 13-11.