An Indian cruised into the final of the ongoing British Junior Open with Anahat Singh achieving the big moment in the girls U-13 category, in Birmingham, on Sunday. One more Indian could make it and that is Veer Chotrani in the U-19 and that semi-final match is slated for late tonight.
An Indian in a final in the ongoing British Junior Open came true with Anahat Singh achieving the big moment in the girls U-13 category here on Sunday. One more Indian could make it and that is Veer Chotrani in the U-19 and that semi-final match is slated for late tonight.
Meanwhile, the morning session belonged to Anahat after her gruellling semi-final against an Egyptian opponent, Janna Galal, the number two seed and a tough customer. Seeded ¾ it was not expected to be easy for the Indian and as it happened, she lost the first game only to start a fight that ultimately took the match to a scintillating fifth game. The excitement reached a crescendo in the decider with Janna racing to a 7-1 lead and then Anahat catching up and what is more sitting on four match ball situations. Janna confronted that well and in turn found herself on three match balls situations. The crazy match then ended in a flash went to the Indian's favour for an unbelievable end. Anahat won 7-11, 11-7, 13-11, 5-11, 17-15. Anahat now faces another Egyptian, the top seed Amina Orfi in the title-round.
“Absolutely delighted with Anahat reaching the fina. Her transition from U-11 to U-13 has been extraordinary. We are very proud of her achievement. I wish her all the best for the final on Monday,”said Cyrus Poncha, the SRFI Secretary General.
Earlier Anahat and Veer Chotrani were the two Indians to cross the last four stage in this year's edition. Yash Fadte (U-19), Neel Joshi (U-17), Yuvraj Wadhwani (U-15) and Darshil Parasrampuria (U-11) made it to the quarterfinal in their respective sections before bowing out.
The results: Quarterfinals:
Boys: U-19: ¾ Veer Chotrani bt 9/16 Thomas Rosini (USA) 11-6, 19-17, 10-12, 9-11, 11-8; 1 Mostafa El Sirty (Egy) bt 9/16 Yash Fadte 11-7, 11-9, 11-3; (U-17): 5/8 Ishant Shah (Mas) bt ¾ Neel Joshi 11-8, 5-11, 8-11, 11-5, 11-6; (U-15): 5/8 Yusuf Sheikh (Eng) bt Yuvraj Wadhwani 14-16, 11-9, 11-9, 11-8;
U-11: ¾ Seif Balal El Shal (Egy) bt Darshil Parasrampuria 6-11, 16-14, 11-3, 11-4
Girls: U-13: ¾ Anahat Singh bt 9/16 Hla Roushdy (Egy) 11-5, 11-8, 10-12, 11-7.