Aryaman,Advait script dream day for Adik family.
Eventually it proved to be all in the family for the Adik siblings,Aryaman and Advait,of Otters Club,as they won the boys’ under-15 and under-13 titles respectively in the Rs 1.5 lakh NSCI Juniors & Doubles Open Squash Championship,an SRFI 1-Star competition,at the National Sports Club of India on Wednesday.
Second-seed Advait kicked off a rewarding day when he overcame top seed Aryan Parekh of Matunga Gymkhana 11-9,11-6,8-11,6-11,11-9 in a thriller that went down to the wire. Advait surged to a 2-0 lead to take Parekh by surprise. But it wasn’t quite a walk in the park for the younger of the Adik brothers. Parekh continued to hold his nerve and put up a strong defence,both on the backhand and forehand,using all his resources to stage a brilliant recovery and force a decider. The exciting contest between the arch rivals could have gone either way in the end but Advait held on grimly to a slender lead in the final set to fashion his maiden win over the favourite.
Second seed Aryaman,meanwhile,halted No. 4 Dev Vazirani of Khar Gymkhana with a 3-1 victory after the latter had shocked top-seed Chaitanya Shah of Bombay Gymkhana in the semi-finals. With Shah out of the fray,the older Adik’s path was clear,but Vazirani came up with a stiff challenge in the second,third and fourth sets after an indifferent start.
The Vazirani family did get something to cheer later on when second seed Druv,Dev’s younger sibling,made amends by shocking top seed Tanay Punjabi of Otters Club with the final score reading 12-10,11-8,7-11,9-11,13-11 in the most riveting championship round. Following a 2-0 lead after a grueling start,the junior Vazirani put Punjabi under early pressure. But the latter staged a remarkable recovery to live up to his reputation. The decider was anybodys when it stretched into extra points before Dev held on to take it away for one of the most astonishing triumphs of the day.
There was no stopping the formidable CCI pair of Rishad Pandole and Sahill Vora from claiming the Open Doubles crown,while Aishwarya Singh and Abhishek Agarwal,both of Jindal Squash Academy,won the boys’ under-17 and under-19 titles,respectively.
Ananya Dabke ended up as the girls under-11 champion after overcoming Aarya Ogale in a thriller. Diya Joukhani of Khar Gymkhana,Aishwarya Bhattarcharya of Bombay Gymkhana and Akanksha Salunkhe of Goa were the other title winners among the girls.
(All Finals): Open Doubles: Rishad Pandole/Sahil Vora (CCI) bt Aishwarya Singh/Laxman Joshi (Jindal) 15-6,15-17,15-10; Girls’ U-11: Ananya Dabke bt Aarya Ogale 9-11,11-6,13-11,11-4; Girls’ U-13: Diya Joukhani (Khar Gym) bt Akanksha Rao (Chembur Gym) 11-4,11-9,11-8; Girls’ U-15: Akanksha Salunke (Goa) bt Aditi Prasad 11-7,11-8,12-10; Girls’ U-17: Aishwarya Bhattacharya (Bombay Gym) bt Aishwarya Nambiar (Otters Club) 11-8,7-11,11-7,11-9; Boys’ U-11: 2-Druv Vazirani (Khar Gym) bt 1-Tanay Punjabi (Otters Club) 12-10,11-8,7-11,9-11,13-11; Boys’ U-13: 2-Advait Adik (Otters Club) bt 1-Aryan Parekh (Matunga Gym) 11-9,11-6,8-11,6-11,11-9; Boys’ U-15: 2-Aryaman Adik (Otters Club) bt 4-Dev Vazirani (Khar Gym) 11-1,8-11,11-6,11-8; Boys’ U-17: Aishwarya Singh (Jindal SA) bt Akhilesh Yadav (Jindal SA) 11-3,15-13,11-4; Boys’ U-19: Abhishek Agarwal (Jindal) bt Ankit Acharya (Bombay Gym) 11-4,11-7,10-12,11-2.