Eight-year-old Yugant Gupta of St Gregorios High School (Chembur) beat Dhruv Khanna of Jamnabai Narsee ICSE (Juhu) to clinch boys U-9 Mumbai Schools Sports Association (MSSA) inter-school squash title at the Cricket Club of India yesterday.
Yugant Gupta (right) in action against Dhruv Khanna. Pic/Atul Kamble
This was Yugant's maiden appearance in the MSSA tournament and he was ecstatic at winning gold in his very first inter-school competition. "I am very excited to win my first title. I want to continue playing and will work harder to win more tournaments," said the excited youngster, who began nervously yesterday.
Yugant lost the first two points of the match as nerves seemed to have taken over. However, as the final progressed, he slowly but surely got into the groove and impressed with some hard-hitting forehands that eventually proved too good for his opponent Dhruv. Yugant won in straight sets 11-6, 11-7, 11-8.
Boys U-16 final: Tushar Shahani (Arya Vidya Mandir, Bandra) bt Veer Chodrani (Jamnabai Narsee) 8-11, 11-8, 16-14,11-9 (Juhu)
Girls U-16 final: Navmi Sharma (Arya Vidya Mandir, Juhu) bt Abhilasha Basin (Cathedral & John Connon) 11-3, 11-6, 11-3.
Boys U-13: Neel Joshi (Bombay Scottish, Mahim) bt Armaan Darukhanawala (Campion) 11-5, 11-4, 11-8.