Indian girls ended their campaign in the World junior team squash championships on a disappointing note, finishing fourth after losing the bronze medal play-off 1-2 against Hong Kong on the concluding day of the event in Boston, USA.
Five-time finalists and two-time defending champions Egypt successfully retained their title defeating hosts USA, making their first-ever World Squash Team Final appearance, 2-1 last night at the Murr Center in Harvard University.
Sixth seeds Hong Kong took the advantage when Aparajitha Balamurukan lost 9-11 9-11 14-12 8-11 to Choi Uen Shan in 36 minutes.
Aparajitha got off to a slow start and never seemed to recover against Shan who kept the pressure with her retrieving skills.
Aparajitha played well in the third game and had a very close fourth game but Shan edged past her in the fourth.
Indian nerves were settled when Asian Junior Champion Anaka Alankamony put in an assured performance to demolish Ka-Yi Lee 11-3 11-6 11-7 in 20 minutes.
However, Ho Tze-Lok put paid to any hopes that the third seed Indians harboured after beating Saumya Karki 4-11 11-5 11-9 9-11 11-8 in a thrilling 46-minute battle.
Playing some blistering drives and volleys, Saumya kept the tempo for the entire duration but failed to seal the victory for India.