- Indian squash players won 7 medals at the Asian junior Individual squash championship.
- Veer Chotrani beat Yash Fadte to win gold in the U-19 category.
- In all, the country won 1 gold, 3 silver, and 3 bronze in the competition.
Veer Chotrani was crowned as the Asian junior Individual squash championship in the U-19 category after he defeated Yash Fadte in what was an all-India final in Macau on Sunday.
Veer has now become only the third Indian player to clinch this prestigious title. Ravi Dixit and Velavan Senthilkumar are the two other players who have won achieved the feat.
In Under-19* (Semi-Final)
Veer Chotrani beat Haris Qasim 3-1 (11-4, 11-9, 2-11, 11-9 ) 40 mins
Yash Fadte beat Hamza Sharif 3-2 (6-11, 11-8, 9-11 , 11-7 , 11-7) 58 mins
— Arslan Sherazi (@ImArslanSherazi) June 29, 2019
Chotrani had to fight hard against compatriot Yash Fadte in a game of 11-5, 9-11, 11-7, 9-11, 11-7 to clinch the U-19 championship. He has previously been victorious at the U-13 Asian title in Iran.
Two Indians in other finals were not as lucky though. India’s Neel Joshi was defeated by Nathan Kueh Tze Bing in the final of the in the U-17 category. She had to settle for silver as a result.
Then in the girls’ U-15 final, Yuvna Gupta of India was beaten by Malaysia’s Aira Binti Azman. The country’s campaign culminated with seven medals – one gold, three silver and three bronze medals.
“It is nice to see Veer coming to terms with his abilities. He has been working hard of late and the results are showing. This is a good sign and augurs well for his future,” said Cyrus Poncha, the secretary general of SRFI.
India’s performances at the Asian junior Individual squash championship would be an encouraging sign for a country that has traditionally been deprived of World-Class squash players. Dipika Pallikal and Joshna Chinappa remain the two most successful squash players in the history of Indian squash. In fact, the former is the only player to enter top 10 of World ranking. It will be interesting to see how young players like Veer take charge of sports future.
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U-19: Veer Chotrani (9/16) defeats Yash Fadte (¾) 11-5, 9-11, 11-7, 9-11, 11-7
U-17: Nathan Kueh Tze Bing (2) (Mas) defeats Neel Joshi (¾) 5-11, 11-3, 12-10, 11-8
U-15: Aira Binti Azman (1) (Mas) bt Yuvna Gupta (¾) 9-11, 11-1, 11-3, 11-9