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Ramit Tandon steals show at national squash championship

india Updated: Sep 06, 2006 19:16 IST

Teenage sensation Ramit Tandon served a warning to his senior rivals as he stormed into the third round of the national squash championship in New Delhi on Wednesday.

Fourteen-year-old Tandon, India's number one junior player, made light of the huge difference in age and physique to first knock-out local lad Prateek Chalia 9-3 10-8 9-2 and then overcome Harjinder Singh 9-6 10-8 9-2.

"My idea was to keep them back and when the opportunity comes, to finish the stroke," said Tandon, who has five national titles in the Under-11, -13 and -15 age categories.

"Strokes are my strong point," said the youngster who hails from Bengal and has recently shifted to Chennai to train at the ICL Academy under Dhronacharya Awardee Cyrus Poncha.

Tandon showed good court sense as he worked the angles perfectly to catch his opponents off guard repeatedly.

Often, he erased deficits by winning five or more points at a stretch.

This is only the second time he is playing in the senior nationals, and the first time he played three years ago, he went out in the first round.

"I think I can reach the quarterfinals this time," the teenager said.

Tandon won the U-13 title at the Pioneer Open in Cologne, Germany, and the bronze in the U-15 category at the Dutch Junior Open last year.

He also won the U-11 titles at Malaysia and Hong Kong two years ago.

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