New Delhi: Team India fought hard but eventually ran out of steam as it lost 1-2 to USA in the semifinals of the World Junior Women's Squash Championships in Boston, USA.

In the first singles tie, Amanda Sobhy won at the top string, beating Anaka Alankamony in straight games, but it was not before the Indian put up stiff resistance.

Things were tight in the first two games, but it was the American who had the necessary extra at the end of both, taking them 11-8 11-8.

The opening of the third was close too, but from 4-4 the end came quickly as Sobhy powered in shots which were either outright winners or forced errors from her opponent.

India levelled as Saumya Karki put in a strong performance against Olivia Blatchford. A good lead in the first was converted to 11-7, and Karki moved 6-1 ahead in the second.

Then nerves hit Karki, and a succession of errors, forced and unforced, brought Blatchford back into it, 8-8.

Karki settled just in time to double her lead andwin 11-9.