Herentals: Indian racqueters made a confident start to their campaign at the World junior men's squash championships with four players progressing to the second round of the event being held at the Flemish Squash Centre.

Kush Kumar, Ramit Tandon, Abhishek Pradhan, Mahesh Mangaonkar advanced to the next round while Vrishab Kotian crashed out of the championship on the opening day on Wednesday.

Tandon, the highest seeded Indian, defeated Aqeel Ashkanani of Kuwait 11-7 11-6 11-4 in 23 minutes while Kush beat Marc ter Sluis of the Netherlands 11-4 10-12 8-11 11-1 11-0 in 43 minutes.

Abhishek overcame the challenge of Remo Handl of Switzerland 11-9 11-5 11-1 in 22 minutes while Mangaonkar outclassed Thomas Dembinski of the USA 11-1 11-1 11-4 in 27 minutes.

However, Kotian was not so lucky as the Indian lost 5-11 4-11 3-11 to Mohamed Abouelghar of Egypt in just 22 minutes.

In the second round, Kush will meet top seeded Egyptian Amr Khaled Khalifa while Tandon, seeded 5-8, faces Abdulla Al-Tamimi of Qatar.

Pradhan will lock horns against Michael McCue of Canada while Mangaonkar will be up against Cedric Kuchen of Switzerland.

(Agencies)