India's top junior Ramit Tandon, seeded 5-8, and Mahesh Mangaonkar entered the quarter-finals of the WSF Men's World Junior squash championship.
Tandon, an 18-year-old from Kolkata who was runner-up in this year's Asian Junior Championship, is the only player making his fifth successive appearance in the championship and he beat unseeded fellow countryman Abhishek Pradhan 11-6, 8-11, 11-3, 11-8 here Thursday.
Mangaonkar, the 17-year-old from Mumbai, overcame fellow 9/16 seed Nicholas Hopcroft, from England, 11-8, 11-5, 11-4. "I was pretty confident," said Mangaonkar. “I've studied Nick's game since I was 11. Although I have never played him before, I really worked on how to play him. Also, I told myself that I've got to go and do it! After all, I've been training for a year for this event!"
In the quarter-finals, Tandon takes on top seed Amr Khale Khalifa of Egypt while Mangaonkar meets another Egyptian, Marwan El Shorbagy, the second seed. Meanwhile, Kush Kumar made his exit in the second round, as Khalifa beat him 11-4, 11-3, 11-1.