Mumbai: Boys’ Under-11 top seed Neil Joshi of Maharashtra and Under-13 fourth seed Utkarsh Baheti of Rajasthan stormed into the semi-finals, in the 70th CCI-Western India Open Squash Tournament at the Cricket Club of India on Wednesday.
Sub junior national champion Joshi of Otters Club lived up to his reputation with an impressive straight sets win over state mate Aakash Gupta, while Baheti halted R. Kishore Anand of Tamil Nadu with a 11-5, 11-5, 11-5 win. Also advancing to the semi-finals was Sandeep Paswan of Jindal who ended the winning streak of Delhi’s Pranav Bassi with a straight sets win in the boys’ under-17 category.
National champion and top seed Veer Chotrani of Maharashtra advanced to the boys’ under-13 quarter-finals along with state mates, second seed Tushar Shahani and Shlok Makhija and Armaan Chowfin of Goa. Upcoming Chowfin of Vasco won the most enthralling contest of the day when he overcame Sankalp Anand of Delhi 9-11, 11-9, 11-6, 8-11, 11-9 in a five-set thriller after leading 2-1.
Meanwhile, Vardhan Ladiwalla, Ajaz Shaikh, Arjun Agnihotri, Junaid Muzzaffar, Sahil Vora, Abhishek Agrawal, Shakir Hussain and Rajat Sharma were the eight qualifiers who made it to the Men’s Open round of 16.
Results: Women: 3-Vishrutyi Sahni bt Shahida Madraswala (Mah) 11-5, 11-6, 11-9. Under-9: Apoorv Sardesai (Goa) bt Skandha Dogra (Mah) 11-2, 11-2, 11-3; Aditya Chandani (Mah) bt Sahaj Surana (TN) 2-11, 11-9, 11-8, 4-11, 11-7.