Chennai, Dec 31 (UNI) Indian players ushered in the New Year in style annexing four titles at the Scottish Junior Open Squash Championship and taking two runners-up positions at Edinburgh today.
According to National Coach Cyrus Poncha, Harinderpal Singh, playing his last year in the juniors, gave a dazzling display to win the Boys Under-19 title with a 9-4, 4-9, 9-1, 10-8 win over Kelly Shannon of Canada.
Bringing more New Year gifts to India was Anwesha Reddy who bagged the Under-17 Girls title for her first European crown in her fledgling career with a 9-3, 9-5, 10-8 win over top seed Kimberley Hay of England.
Mahesh Mangaonkar and Sandeep Ramachandran, in his maiden international event, swelled the Indian kitty bagging the Under-15 and Under-11 titles respectively.
In an enthralling final, Harinder came up with exceptional winners in the front court and showcased his brilliant retrieving skills.
Kelly kept the pace of the game at a high tempo and won the second game to level the match. But Harinder came back strongly, running up a 8-0 lead in the third before knotting up the match with ease.
Harinder became only the second Indian to win the Under-19 title after Siddharth Suchde in 2003.
However, a clean sweep was not possible as Aparajitha and Karan lost in straight games to Tamika Saxby and Andrew Schnell respectively.
Results : All Finals: Harinder Pal Singh (Ind) bt Kelly Shannon (Can) 9-4, 4-9, 9-1, 10-8; Anwesha Reddy (Ind) bt Kimberley Hay (Eng) 9-3, 9-5, 10-8; Mahesh Mangaonkar (Ind) bt Dylan Murray (US) 9-7, 9-6, 9-7; Sandeep Ramachandran (Ind) bt Ryan Murray (US) 9-0, 9-0, 9-2.
Aparajitha (Ind) lost to Tamika Saxby (Aus) 5-9, 1-9, 2-9; Karan Malik (Ind) lost to Andrew Schnell (Can) 1-9, 1-9, 4-9.