Squash: Yoshna in line for a double

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Mahesh Mangaonkar

Mumbai: Yoshna Singh (Maharashtra) continued her fine run as she won the U-19 and Women’s Open semi-finals of the Western Slam (Junior) and 44th Maharashtra State Senior Open Squash Tournament played at the Bombay Gymkhana Squash Courts on Tuesday.

Yoshna, who is unseeded in the Girls U-19 category faced a tough challenge from 3rd seed Amita Gondi of Telangana, who rallies from two games down to take the match into the decider. However, Yoshna kept her nerves and made no mistakes in the final game to take the match 11-7, 11-6, 9-11, 6-11, 11-6. Later in the Women’s open tie, Yoshna made short work of her state mate Akanksha Rao, winning 11-3, 11-1, 11-6 to make the finals.

Yash fadte

In the Boy’s U-19 tie, while Yash Fadte managed to edge past Prithivi Singh with ease, unseeded Neel Joshi had to fight hard to upset 2nd seed Rahul Baitha 9-11, 11-9, 11-8, 11-7 to advance to the finals. In the Men’s Open, 2nd seed Abhishek Pradhan was stretched to his limits before he triumphed over Abhay Singh, winning  9-11, 11-9, 11-4, 4-11, 11-5 to set up a title clash with top seed Mahesh Mangaonkar, who was clinical in his 13-11, 11-6, 11-3 win over Abhishek Agarwal.

Girls U-19 Semi-Finals
Yoshna Singh bt Amita Gondi [3/4] 11-7 11-6 9-11 6-11 11-6; Amira Singh [2] bt Anannya Morey 11-4 11-2 11-7    

Boy’s U-19 Semi-Finals
Yash Fadte [1] bt Prithvi Singh [5/8] 11-3 11-7 11-8; Neel Joshi bt Rahul Baitha [2] 9-11 11-9 11-8 11-7                                                       

Women’s Open Semi-Finals      
Yoshna Singh [5/8] bt Aakanksha Rao [5/8] 11-3 11-1 11-6; Tanvi Khanna [2] bt Sachika Balvani [3/4] 11-2 11-2 11-3

Men’s Open Semi-Finals
Mahesh Mangaonkar [1] bt Abhishek Agarwal [3/4] 13-11 11-6 11-3; Abhishek Pradhan [2] bt Abhay Singh [3/4] 9-11 11-9 11-4 4-11 11-5


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