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Anaka creates record with WISPA title

india Updated: Sep 12, 2009 23:08 IST
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Unseeded Anaka Alankamony of India became the youngest ever to win a Women's International Squash Players Association (WISPA) title at the age of 15 and the second Indian to do so after Joshna Chinappa, when she defeated compatriot Surbhi Misra 11-8, 11-8, 12-10 in the Indian Challenger-I squash tournament final in Chennai on Saturday.

Alaka thus eclipsed World No 1 Nicol David of Malaysia who was 16 when she won her first professional title.

In the men's final, Harinder Pal Singh of India staged a brilliant rally to turn back a 0-2 deficit to beat compatriot Siddharth Suchde 11-13, 10-12, 11-8, 14-12, 11-5 in a marathon tie that lasted all of 111 minutes.

India, thus, completed a clean sweep of the honours for an unprecedented feat as first Anaka and then Harinder made it a grand double for the hosts.

Anaka also won a WISPA title on debut while Joshna, who had turned pro in 2003, claimed her first crown only last year.

Anaka, a product of the Indian Squash Academy, showed not jut her talent but her determination to get past a higher ranked opponent. But considering her achievement of winning the Asian Junior (Under-15) title in Korea last year, it was a matter of time before she scored bigger triumphs.

Surbhi had her chances throughout the match, but Anaka chose to keep the ball in play with extended rallies to wear down her opponent.

The men's final was a nail-biting affair with Harinder staging a remarkable recovery after losing the first two games. Thereafter, he and Suchde fought for every point and gave the proceedings dramatic twists and turns before Harinder wrapped up the match to a standing ovation.