India goes down to England in quarters

Kuala Lumpur: India went down to the fourth seed and previous edition's bronze medal winner England 0-3 in the quarterfinal of the World Junior women's team squash championship here on Wednesday.

Notwithstanding the scoreline, it was a well fought out quarterfinal with the Indian girls looking good initially but failing to press home from a position of advantage. Sanya Vats who was the first to play, led by two games and was 5-2 up against Elise Lazarus in the third. She had looked set to give a crucial one match lead for India. All on a sudden she was caught in the web of pressure and slipped badly to eventually lose to Elise. Aishwarya Khubchandani started off well next against Alice Green, grabbed the first game. But she too like Sanya was unable to keep the tempo, losing the next three games. With the rubber decided, the third match was just to complete the tie and Yoshna lost to Evie Coxon.

Earlier in the final Group C match, the higher seeded Hong Kong easily carved out a 3-0 win to top the pool push India to the second spot.

India now plays the 5-8 classification match against Australia tomorrow.

The results: Quarterfinals: England bt India 3-0 (Elise Lazarus bt Sanya Vats 8-11, 1-11, 11-7, 11-6, 11-3; Alice Green bt Aishwarya Khubchandani 11-13, 11-8, 11-8, 11-6; Evie Coxon bt Yoshna Singh 11-7, 8-11, 13-11);

Group C league: Hong Kong bt India 3-0 (Chan Sin Yuk bt Sanya Vats 11-4, 11-9, 11-4; Kirstie Po YuiWong bt Aishwarya Khubchandani 12-10, 11-7, 11-7; Lee Summ Yuet bt Yoshna Singh 11-1, 11-6, 11-5)