India finished a disappointing eighth after a 1-2 loss to Hong Kong in the position match on the final day of the girls’ team event of the World Junior Squash Championship. Adya Advani lost her first match despite showing fight. She lost to Choi Uen Shan 10-12, 11-9, 3-11, 10-12 in 40 minutes.
In the second set, Nikita Joshi held a brief hope of India retaining the seventh place they had finished in the last edition when she squared the tie at 1-1. Nikita Joshi beat Hiu Kam Hui in straight sets at 13-11, 11-7, 11-8. But Nikita’s classy show did not pay dividends because Harshit Jawanda could not match up to her superior opponent. Harshit Jawanda lost to Ka Wing Ho 8-11, 11-7, 6-11, 7-11
The tough luck for India had started for India on Monday when a golden chance of a win over New Zealand slipped away at the doorstep of victory. The tie score was 1-1 against New Zealand after Harshita Jawanda had won a great match and Adya Advani failing. Everything then was depending on Akanksha Salunkhe and the Goa girl nearly pulled it off. Akanksha was leading 2-0 and 10-7 in the deciding game of the match when cramps struck her legs. The Indian was in severe pain and was barely able to move, but she clung on bravely only to see her opponent Juee Bhide save three match points to win and painfully grabbing the given opportunity to reel away the next two games as well and give New Zealand a 2-1 victory.