Victoria City, February 6: India registered a comprehensive victory against Malaysia in the finals of Asian Junior Team Squash Championship in Hong Kong on Sunday and grabbed the Gold medal in the boy's team event. Notably, India defeated Malaysia by 2-0.
India's best player Velavan Senthilkumar first defeated second seed Malaysia's Ong Sai Hun in a very quick time. Velavan was aggressive right from the start of the game and defeated Malaysia's opponent by 12-10, 11-0, 11-2. Ong Sai Hung started strongly in the first set of a match but later couldn’t match with Indian player.
Whereas on the other side, Top seed Abhay Singh prevailed over Darren Rahul in hard-fought five games to lift the title for India. Darren Rahul Pragasam had the chance to force a decider but the 17-year-old was left in tears after blowing a two-set lead to lose 12-10, 11-7, 5-11, 12-14, 6-11 against Abhay Singh.
National coach Cyrus Poncha was ecstatic with his wards showing. “It was brilliant stuff from the Indians,” said Poncha. Meanwhile, Squash Rackets Federation of India (SRFI) patron N Ramachandran also expressed his happiness over India’s performance.
“After the British Junior Open success and now the Asian championship, it is clear junior squash in the country is on a firm foundation, thanks to the structured training that was started more than a decade ago. My congratulations to the entire team for winning the Asian crown again,” Ramachandran said.