Top Seeds Aance Smoothly

The World Junior Squash Championships got into full swing on Monday, when the top seeds in the men’s individual competition all registered comfortable victories.

The top seeded Diego Elias from Peru gave a solid all-round performance to beat James Evans of England 11-3, 11-6, 11-5.

The 1,88m tall Elias used his height and power to good effect as he displayed a great reach to return everything that Evans could hit at him.

The tenacious Evans showed great stamina and agility, producing some great returns, but Elias was in a different class and wore Evans down to win the match in straight sets.

After the match, the 17-year-old Elias said he was happy with his performance.

“It was the first round of the tournament so I was a little bit nervous, but it went well and I had a good match. I worked a lot on my movement and I’ve done a lot of fitness exercises, so I’m well prepared and it’s working out fine,” he said.

Elias said the competition was tough but he was confident of winning the tournament.

“There are a lot of good players here. You have the English players, and there are also a lot of Egyptians, so it will be tough, but I’m going to win,” he said.

“I arrived on Tuesday and I’m having fun – the city is very nice and I like it here,” he added.

The fourth seeded Kush Kumar of India also had an easy victory, beating Luke Mannion of Zimbabwe 11-0, 11-7, 11-4.

Kumar dominated the first set as he chased Mannion around the court, and when Mannion finally won his first point in the second set, he received a special cheer from the crowd. He managed to string a few points together, but Kumar soon closed out the set at 11-7.

By the third set, Mannion was clearly exhausted, but he fought on gamely before losing 11-4, as Kumar completed a straight-sets victory.

Kumar said he got off to a good start.

“It was pretty good, it was an easy match for the first round and now Im looking forward to playing my second round match. I’m feeling good, it’s a wonderful tournament and I’m having a good time,” he said.

Kumar said the competition was very tough.

“The competition is very tough and each and every match you have to give 100 percent, so I’m looking forward to just playing all my matches as well as I can. I don’t know where I will finish so I’m just looking forward to each match.”

Kumar was the runner-up at the Asian Junior Championships in Iran in June, where he lost a marathon five-setter against the current third seed, Tayyab Aslam of Pakistan. This time however they are in separate halves of the draw, with Kumar drawn to meet the top-seeded Elias in the semifinals.

“If I reach the semifinals I will play Diego Elias, so let’s hope that I can reach the semifinals. It will be my first time to play him,” he said.

Kumar said he was having a great time in Namibia.

“Namibia is a wonderful country. It’s the first time that I have come to southern Africa and I’m loving it. The weather, the courts and the facilities, everything is well organised and so good. The hotel venue is also great and I’m just loving it,” he said.

The second seeded Karim El Hammamy of Egypt was also in dominant form as he beat Franco Andres Romiglio of Argentina 11-3, 11-6, 11-5, while the third seeded Tayyab Aslam from Pakistan beat Jarryd Osborne of Canada 11-2, 11-7, 11-9.

Namibia’s challenge in the main draw of the men’s competition came to an end on Monday when its last remaining entrant Dylan Marc Spencer lost 11-3, 11-3, 11-1 against Khaled Aljenaidel of Kuwait.

Monday’s results are attached.

Source : The Namibian

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