Dutch Open: Neel Joshi, Ananya Dabke clinches title in their respective categories
Source :News Bharati English   Date :18-Jul-2017

Amsterdam, July 18: India’s Neel Joshi and Ananya Dabke on Monday clinched the under-15 boys and girls titles respectively in the Dutch Open Junior Squash Championship in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Notably, Neel Joshi defeated England’s Khalil Alhassan while Dabke defeated Serena Daniel of the US in their respective categories of summit clash.

Top seed Neel Joshi defeated Khalil Alhassan of England by 9-11, 11-4, 11-5, 11-6 in the boys final, while Dabke, seeded down the order at 9/12, scripted a shock 11-7, 11-4, 12-10 win over second seed Serena Daniel of the US in the corresponding girl's title round.

Dabke won hearts after defeating Sofia Arseniev of the US in the opening round. Then, on a spectacular run, Dabke went on to scalp 5/8 seed Franka Vidovic of Croatia 11-2, 11-4, 11-6 in the pre-quarter-finals, 3/4 seed Maia Pannell of England 11-5, 11-1, 11-7 in the quarter-finals and top seed Chukwu Chinyere of Hungary 11-5, 12-14, 11-7, 11-8 in the semi-finals.

While, Joshi, who earned a first round bye, defeated Belgium's Bjarne Schaillee, Yaseen Elsebaie of Egypt and compatriot Shreeman Raghavan. However, in the semifinals, he defeated compatriot Arnaav Sareen 9-11, 11-6, 8-11, 11-6, 11-7, in a thriller, after trailing 1-2, and finally overcame Alhassan who prevented an Indian clean sweep with an 11-9, 11-9, 12-10 win over Kanhav Nanavati in the other semi-final.

Scores: Boys U-15: Final: Neel Joshi bt Khalil Alhassan (Eng) 9-11, 11-4, 11-5, 11-6. SF: bt Arnaav Sareen (Ind) 9-11, 11-6, 8-11, 11-6, 11-7. QF: bt Shreeman Raghavan (Ind) 11-9, 11-1, 11-3. PQF: bt Yaseen Elsebaie (Egypt) 11-4, 11-7, 11-6. 2nd Rd: bt Bjarne Schaillee (Belgium) 11-2, 11-3, 11-3.

Girls U-15: Final: Ananya Dabke bt Serena Daniel (USA) 11-7, 11-4, 12-10. SF: bt Chukwu Chinyere (Hungary) 11-5, 12-14, 11-7, 11-8. QF: bt Maia Pannell (Eng) 11-5, 11-1, 11-7. PQF: bt Franka Vidovic (Croatia) 11-2, 11-4, 11-6. 1st Rd: bt Sofia Arseniev (USA) 11-3, 11-0, 11-2.