Wroclaw, Poland (July 26, 2013) – The Canadian Girls Squash Team defeated India today in the consolation semi-finals of the 2013 World Squash Junior Championships in Wroclaw, Poland. The 7th seeded Canadian team of Hollie Naughton, Alyssa Mehta, and Chloe Chemtob defeated 6th seed India 2-1 in the best-of-three singles encounter to earn a place in the 5th place match against either Malaysia or New Zealand.
Coming off yesterday’s quarter-final loss to top seed and three times defending champion Egypt, Canada was able to regroup and show their mettle in the victory against India. For much of the tie it seemed as Canada would go out quietly; Canadian number one Hollie Naughton played well against Harshit Kaur Jawanda, but the close games went against her and Naughton lost in straights 11-4, 13-11, 12-10. In the 2nd match, Alyssa Mehta promptly lost the first game to Lakshya Ragavendran 11-6 and the end seemed to be closing in quickly. Down a match and a game and firmly behind the proverbial eight ball, Mehta once again showed the resolve that has been the backbone of Canada’s performance at the championships so far. Mehta picked up her level and begun to take the game to her opponent, winning both the 2nd and 3rd games, 11-8, 11-4 respectively. Ragavendran tried to rally in the 4th and force a decider but Mehta would not let the Indian out of her clutches and won the game and the match 6-11, 11-8, 11-4, 12-10.
With the encounter leveled at 1-1 game at piece, for the first time in the tournament Canada would be playing a decisive third match. The hopes of Canada rested on the shoulders of their youngest member, 15 year old Chloe Chemtob of Montreal. In a tournament featuring the best eighteen year old squash players in the world, Chemtob showed no intimidation and promptly won the first two games against Sachika Ingale. This was not Ingale’s first run in with Canada, as the Indian had eliminated Naughton from the singles competition just a week earlier. Ingale looked to give Canada another defeat as she came back to win both the 3rd and 4th games against Chemtob and send the match to a final game that would decide the match and the tie. With the momentum firmly on her side, Ingale jumped out to an early in the 5th and was on her way to pushing India to victory; at this point, no one would have faulted young Chemtob if she let the match against Ingale slip away, but Chemtob had no intention of doing so. Showing a level determination far beyond her 15 years, Chemtob reversed the tide of momentum against her and put Ingale on her heels; when it was over, Chemtob had to pulled out the 5th game and recorded an 11-2, 11-6, 7-11, 9-11, 12-10 victory for Canada.
The win means Canada’s final match at the championships will be for an impressive 5th place finish. The 5th place match will take place Saturday at 8:00am EST against either Malaysia or New Zealand. The encounter can be seen live at http://nasquasha.pl/filmy/1777-world-squash-junior-championships-2013-live
About the World Squash Junior Championships
The World Squash Junior Championships is an annual squash championship that is contested by the top under-19 squash players in the world. Competitions are conducted in three categories: girls, boys and teams. The team competition alternates every year between girls and boys with 2013 featuring the girls’ team event. The 2013 team competition features squads from 16 countries grouped into four pools of four. For each fixture, competing countries select three team members to compete in a best of three singles format against the opposition. The top two teams from each pool advance to the quarterfinals where a standard playoff elimination format is used.