New Delhi: Young Anaka Alankamony clinched gold in the women's Asian Junior U-19 squash Championship in Amman, Jordan after shocking top seed Tong Tsz-Wing from Hong Kong in five games. (Agencies)
Anaka, among the Indian quartet who won team bronze in the Asian Games last year, beat Tong 6-11, 11-8, 10-12, 11-7, 11-7 at the Al-Hassan International Squash Center on Saturday night.
Chennai girl Anaka, all of 16, avenged her defeat of the Asian Team Championships earlier this year to notch up her maiden victory against the tournament favourite Tong.
Anaka had beaten second seeded Tan Yan Xin of Malaysia 11-7, 11-6, 11-8 in the semifinals. Another Indian, Aparajitha Balamurukan had lost to Tong Tsz-Wing in the semifinals.
In the men's Under-19 section, second seeded Ramit Tandon had to settle for a silver after losing to Danish Atlas Khan of Pakistan 11-9, 7-11, 4-11, 5-11 in the final.
Another silver also came from Saumya Karki, who lost to top seeded Ho Ka Po 15-17, 12-10, 5-11, 3-11 in the girls under 17 final.
Initially, it was tough for Anaka to handle the excessive bounce and speed of the ball as Tong kept the ball hard and low consistently. The first game was quickly won by Tong 11-6.
Anaka started off well in the second game slowing down the pace by playing a few drops, gaining a small lead, Tong made made it easier for Anaka hitting her boasts into the tin.
Anaka won the second game 11-8. A very close game in the third with both players having their chances, Tong won it 12-10 to take a 2-1 lead in the match.
Anaka played defensive and things did not look right, but at crucial points in both the fourth and fifth games Anaka held her nerves and did not make single error to win both games 11-7 and lift the Asian title.
She has now become the third from her country to win the crown after Joshna Chinappa and Dipika Pallikal.
"Anaka is eligible to play under 17 category but she was determined to play and win the under 19 title. It is a remarkable achievement, we have work hard towards achieving this goal," said national coach Cyrus Poncha.
The Indian contingent won one gold, two silver and five bronze medals (Ranjit Singh, Kush Kumar, Mahesh Mangaonkar, Adya Advani, Aparajitha Balamurukan).
New Delhi: Young Anaka Alankamony clinched gold in the women's Asian Junior U-19 squash Championship in Amman, Jordan after shocking top seed Tong Tsz-Wing from Hong Kong in five games.