Surbhi Misra defeats Betham in squash
Surbhi Misra defeated the top seed Betham Williams of Wales at the 60th Scottish Junior Open Squash Championships.india Updated: Dec 31, 2005 18:47 IST
India's unseeded squash player Surbhi Misra defeated the top seed Betham Williams of Wales at the 60th Scottish Junior Open Squash Championships in Edinburgh to enter the finals.
Misra beat Williams 9-4, 10-8, 9-5 to enter under-17 girls' final at the Heriot-Watt National Squash Centre at Colinton Castle Squash Club in Edinburgh this week.
Causing considerable upset the unseeded Misra defeated four seeded players on her way to the finals, becoming the favourite of the tournament.
Misra's Scottish Open performance will help her at the British Open in the first week of January. The Scottish Junior Open Championship is the second biggest junior squash tournament after the British Open. This year, a record 250 players from 22 countries took part.
At the semi-final against Williams, the top seed had a 4-1 lead in the opening game. However, Misra fought hard and went on to serve and did not allow her opponent a single point to wrap up the game 9-4.
In the second game too Williams led. Playing a percentage game, Misra brought the score level at 5-5 and 8-8 to close the game in a tough tiebreak 10-8. The game lasted for more than 20 minutes.
Down 1-4 in the third and final game, Misra remained determined drawing level at 4-4 and then proceeded to take the game 9-5, allowing her opponent just one more point to book her place in the finals.
First Published: Dec 31, 2005 18:47 IST