Yoshna Singh finishes finalist in the Indian Junior Squash Open

PUNE: After winning the state title last month, Pune's Yoshna Singh fell fighting the best seeded Tanya Vats in the Indian Junior final Squash Open (under 19) in Greater Noida on Saturday. The 16-year-old lost 11-3, 1-11, 7-11, 11-13 against the current junior national champion.

Yoshna, who was recently crowned champion in the Maharashtra junior state championships, took the first game with ease, but Tanya reconciled smoothly to win the title without losing one more game.

Yoshna trains in Pune, his coach Abhinav Sinha is based in Mumbai. She often sends him routines and plans, but the teenager is struggling with the regime.

“Since my family is in Pune, I have to make the most of what I have now. I meet Abhinav, sir, rarely while training with Awdesh Yadav, who is the former player himself, ”said Yoshna, who had won the Scottish Junior Open (U-17) last year.

To continue his career in sports, Yoshna, a Kalyaninagar resident, has plans to go to the United States to graduate. She will not be the first in the country to play school squash in the United States.

“I am not happy with the facilities at all. I want to become the first seed in the junior level (U-19) for next year and I need good training to achieve the goal, ”he said.

Yoshna aims to improve his ranking in the junior circuit instead of taking the big step of regularly competing in the senior division.