India's squash player Anahat Singh has won the girls' U-15 title at the prestigious British Junior Open Squash tournament in Birmingham, U.K, on Sunday. This was her third final in the British Junior Open.
14-year-old Anahat defeated Egypt's Sohaila Hazem 3-1 in the final. The first set in this match was tight but Anahat won. In the quarter-finals, Anahat defeated Malaysia's Harleen Tan 3–0, in the semi-finals, Anahat defeated Malak Samir of Egypt 11–5, 11–4, 11–2 in just 18 minutes to reach the final. The British Junior Open tournament is held every year in January in the UK and is attended by the best players from around the world. This time the tournament was held from the 4th to 8th of this month after two years due to Covid.
With this title, Delhi girl has become the second Indian to win two titles in British Open Squash. Earlier Joshna Chinappa has achieved this feat. Chinappa won the U-17 title in 2003 and the U19 title in 2005. While India's Dipika Pallikal won the U-17 title in 2008.
In addition, Anahat Singh became India's youngest athlete in the Commonwealth Games held in Birmingham last year. In the British Open Squash, she won the U-11 title in 2019 and was the runner-up in the Girls' U-13 category. Anahat also won the girls' U-13 title at the Dutch Junior Open Squash in July 2019. Apart from these, Anahat Singh won the Girls' U-15 title of the Asian Junior Squash Individual Championship in June 2022. She will now prepare for the Asian Junior Team Championship, which will start in February in Chennai.
On the other hand, Saurav Ghosal, who won the boys' U-19 title in 2004, is the other Indian to have won the British Open squash title. Mahesh Mangaonkar won the boys' U-15 title in 2009. Apart from him, in 2017, Velavan Senthilkumar won the boys' U-19 title.