Slow but promising start from India at the World Junior Squash Championship
As the first day of the World Junior Squash Championship, taking place in Chennai draws to a close, the Indians have both negatives to ponder upon and positives to cherish. While youngsters Rahul Baitha and Yash Fadte both have impressively progressed to the third round of the junior men’s section, three others have been eliminated in the first two rounds of the competition.
The 17-year old Rahul Baitha, who has played four international tournaments prior to the World Junior Squash Championship, looked at ease as he defeated his Swiss opponent Nils Roesch 11-5, 12-10 and 11-8. His experience was evident in the way in which he fluently dominated both flanks of the court, showcased nimble footwork and displayed composure under pressure after bouncing back and winning from 5-8 in his second and third games. In addition to this, the resilient Yash Fadte also outsmarted Abdel Rahman Ghait of Germany.
Things weren’t so easy for Advait Adik though, who squared off with top seed and defending champion Marwan Tarek of Egypt in his second round. Knowing that he was up against stiff opposition, Adik gave the game his all and matched almost every stroke that the defending champ dealt. The last laugh, however belonged to Tarek, who won 11-5, 11-7 and 11-7. But he was also the first to praise Adik by saying that “It was a tough match, and I was quite surprised by the way he played.” A similar story occurred with Utkarsh Baheti, who went down fighting against Nils Schwab of Germany in his second round.
Several sporting personalities and celebrities have also endorsed this tournament, pledging their support for the Indian youngsters while also encouraging others to do so. Among these were India’s pro squash player Joshna Chinappa, Indian batsman VVS Laxman, popular actor Ranveer Singh and R Madhavan too.
Are you excited yet?? Cause @RanveerOfficial is. World Junior Squash Championship is happening at Chennai from 18th to 29th July. Don’t miss out!#HealthySport #LetsSquashMachi #WorldJuniors2018 #chennai #squash #fitness #befitwithsquash pic.twitter.com/miKfj9qaKq
— SRFI (@indiasquash) June 29, 2018
Indian Cricket Legend @VVSLaxman281 wishing our Indian Team for the World Junior Squash Championship which is happening at Chennai from 18th to 29th July. Don’t miss out!#LetsSquashMachi#WorldJuniors2018 pic.twitter.com/NRVNCx0obH
— SRFI (@indiasquash) July 12, 2018
— Joshna Chinappa (@joshnachinappa) July 16, 2018
While three Indian players have already bowed out of this tournament, there seems to be quite a lot of promise shown from the ones who have proceeded to the third round, and we hope to see them sail through this World Junior Squash Championship and clinch the title.
This tournament, which was officially inaugurated in 2009 in Chennai itself, has been all over the world and has presented the world with some true squash talents. Moreover, it has also helped Egypt emerge as a country which is synonymous with squash dominance, which is why they are the primary favorites this time too. This time around, they’ve sent their top youngsters Marwan Tarek, Mostafa Asai, Rowan Reda Araby and Hania El Hammamy to destroy every opposition in their way, and after Marwan’s impressive performance on day one, they sure seem to be on the path to do that. In addition to this, it is also a step towards the state governments and sporting authorities working in unison to ensure that tournaments like these take place smoothly, seeing as how the Tamil Nadu government has given a sum of 50 lakhs towards this.