Chennai: Siddarth Suchde’s upset win over Moustafa Essam did not prove to be enough as India went down 1-2 to 2000 runners-up Egypt in the team championships of the World Junior Squash championship here on Wednesday. England and Pakistan assured themselves of quarter final berths.
Suchde raised visions of an upset win for India when he shocked Essam7-9, 9-7, 9-4, 9-1 in pool D, but junior national champion Saurav Ghosal and Sahil Vora ran into formidable opponents in the next two matches, as Egypt coasted to a comfortable victory.
The 16-year-old Ghosal gave a good fight before going down 4-9, 9-7, 5-9, 9-5, 9-1 to A. Mohsen Hassan. Vora proved no match for Sherif Moustafa Kamal, losing 6-9, 1-9, 5-9.
India, with one win so far, face Scotland in their last league match on Thursday, which will decide their qualification to the quarter finals, while Egypt with this victory, the second in as many matches, are on course to emerge as the pool toppers.