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Junior squash: Tanay, Navaneeth advance to last 8

Mumbai: Top seed Tanay Punjabi of India got the better of Karim Farrag of the Czech Republic in a four game thriller in a boys' under-15 pre-quarter-final of the Bombay Gymkhana organised 9th Indian Junior Open Squash tournament on Monday.

Tanay recovered after losing the first game and fought back to register a 9-11, 11-6, 11-4, 11-7 victory to advance to the quarter-finals. India's second seed Navaneeth Prabhu S pulled off a close 11-6, 11-6, 11-8 win against compatriot Aaryaman Jaising to also book his place in the last eight round.
In a girls' under-17 second round encounters, top seed Amita Gondi from USA defeated Iteeva Pande of India 11-3, 11-3, 11-5, and in an all-Indian contest second seed Sanya Vats tamed Rewa Bharma 11-1 11-0 11-2.
Results - Boys U-15 (pre-quarter-finals): 1-Tanay Punjabi (Ind) bt Karim Farrag (Czech Republic) 9-11 11-6 11-4 11-7; Athrva Yadav (Ind) bt Mohit Bhatt (Ind) 11-9 12-14 11-5 11-5; Arnaav Sareen (Ind) bt Yash Salunkhe (Ind) 11-4 11-2 11-0; Jay Vaknalli (Australia) bt Shreyas Mehta (Ind) 8-11 11-7 6-11 11-9 11-2; Kanhav Nanavati (Ind) bt Druv Vazirani 11-6 11-4 8-11 11-6; Arman Darukhanawalla (Ind) bt Arnav Mandhana (Ind) 11-9 5-11 8-11 11-7 11-8; Aakash Gupta (Ind) bt Wei Quan Cheng (Malaysia) 8-11 11-2 11-9 11-9; 2-Navaneeth Prabhu S (Ind) bt Aaryaman Jaising (Ind) 11-6 11-6 11-8.
Girls' U-17 (2nd round): 1-Amita Gondi (USA) bt Iteeva Pande (Ind) 11-3 11-3 11-5; Tanaya M Parakh (Ind) bt Abhilasha Bhasin11-6 4-11 11-7 11-8; Amira Singh (Ind) bt Krithica J S 11-2 11-5 11-5; Navmi Sharma (Ind) bt Aariya Patel 12-10 11-5 11-3; Yoshna Singh (Ind) bt Tarika Vohra (Ind) 11-0 11-0 11-0; Anannya Morey (Ind) bt Bhavna Goyal (Ind) 11-4 11-4 11-6; 2-Sanya Vats (Ind) bt Rewa Bharma (Ind) 11-1 11-0 11-2.

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