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Anahat Singh from Delhi became the first Indian to win the US Junior Open Squash Championship that took place at the Arlen Spectre Centre in Philadelphia on December 22.
The 13-year-old defeated Jayda Marei of Egypt 11-9, 11-5, 8-11, 11-5 in the girl’s Under-15 category to clinch the prestigious title. Earlier, she beat US junior national champion Dixon Hill 11-8, 11-9, 11-5 in the semifinals.
More than 850 squash junior players, representing 41 countries, participated in the World's largest junior individuals squash tournament.
There are not many 13-year-olds that can boast of having ranked No.1 Squash player across Europe, Asia and India and 40 national circuit titles, 2 times National Champion, 6 International titles under their belt. Anahat Singh can.
Anahat Singh creates history as she becomes the first Indian girl to win the US Junior Squash Open title. Congratulations and well done on your fantastic achievement 🏆👏👏 #VKF #ViratKohliFoundation #Squash pic.twitter.com/nqtLqSjPFp— Virat Kohli Foundation (@vkfofficial) December 22, 2021
Of all the enticing young prospects currently coming out of India, Anahat Singh is arguably one of the most exciting. The 13-year-old talent has received plenty of
plaudits after a series of impressive performances over the years, and it is no wonder why.
The teen prodigy has exhibited her class not only in India but also throughout Asia and Europe, and well truly has blossomed into one of the most promising squash players in the country.
The accolades that Anahat has won are truly stupendous. In the past three years, the student of the British School, Chanakyapuri, has scooped two European superseries titles, gold each at the European Junior Squash Open and DPD Dutch Junior Open in 2019. In December 2019, she won the Scottish Junior Open and reached the finals to clinch the silver at the British Junior Open. Anahat has so far won 40 national circuit titles including being a two-time national champion. She has a bronze at the Asian Juniors and a silver in Malaysian Junior Open 2018 marking a golden chapter in the history of Indian squash, as she has become the No.1 ranked player across Europe, Asia and India in the girls’ under-13 category.
With parents and coaches as strong as hers, Anahat will have every belief she can make it to the very top. With her sights set on to become a World Champion in PSA, she can become a top-quality player in the near future if she keeps improving at this rate and could be a stalwart for the Indian Squash for years to come.