Heâ€™s barely a tween, but Hyderabad’s Rohan Arya Gondi has already begun scripting a remarkable success story on the world stage with two titles – winner and a runner-up –Â in two weeks time on the World Junior Squash circuit.
Rohan Arya Gondi ended 2018 with a bang by winning the boys U-13 championship at the US Junior Squash Open held at Boston, USA between Dec 15-18 with participation from 41 countries.
The prior week, Rohan came runner-up at the Canada Junior Squash Open, losing to Egypt No. 1 Youssef Salem in 5 close games in the finals to come second in the tournament.
But the 12-year-old from Hyderabad bounced back really well. It was a moment of reckoning as it was not an easy win at all, not against a spirited opponent who was willing to try anything and everything to unsettle the Indian. Where Rohan stood out was his ability under pressure to come up top.
Rohan played a tactically sound mid-game to outwit Pakistan’sÂ Humam Ahmed in a evenly-fought five games atÂ 11-4, 10-12, 12-10, 10-12, 11-9 and ended 2018 in a positive note,Â building and taking confidence on his runner-up at the Canada Junior Squash Open on December 11.
This was his maiden trip to North America and he was on the road for approximately 2000 Kms in a span of 2 weeks braving sub zero temperatures, chilling winds and multiple hotel rooms.
The 12 year old from Oakridge international school didnâ€™t let jetlag, harsh weather and constant travel distract him from his laser sharp focus on his goal of winning the US Open crown.
After receiving a bye in the first round, the third-seeded Rohan beat Adam Ibrahim of USA 11-3, 11-2, 11-3 on 15th December.Â On 16th Dec morning, he beat Mexican Luis Mendez 11-1, 11-6, 11-6. On 16th Dec evening, he got past Adam Elkaliuoby of Egypt 11-6, 9-11, 11-9, 11-7.
On 17th Dec morning, he sailed past USA No.3 Johan P. Hodgson 11-3, 11-5, 11-4 in the quarterfinals. On 17th Dec evening, he booked his place in the final by beating USA No. 1 Wenqing Tang 11-7, 11-8, 11-6.
In the finals,Â he clashed with Pakistani Humam Ahmed, who had beaten top seed Youssef Salem in the quarterfinals. He came out on top after an hour-long gruelling match, winning 11-4, 10-12, 12-10, 10-12, 11-9.
He was given the winner’s medal by John Palfrey, the Head of School at Phillips Academy, which hosted the event.
Below is a list of his achievements for the past one year in chronological order.
– Winner of US Junior Open in Dec 2018(BU-13)
– Runner-up of Canada Junior Open in Dec 2018(BU-13)
– Runner-up in the HCL International Junior Squash Open in Oct 2018(BU-13)
– Winner in the Bombay Gymkhana Open in Aug 2018(BU-13)
– Third place in Qatar Junior Open in Mar 2018(BU-13)
– Winner in the Indian Junior Open in Sep 2017 (BU-11)
–Â WinnerÂ in HongKong Junior Open in July 2017(BU-11)
– Winner in Malaysian Junior Open in June 2017 (BU-11)
– Runner-up in Singapore Junior Open in Dec 2017(BU-11)
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Source: Matchday Frolics