Teenager Yash Fadte of Goa stunned third seed Abhishek Agarwal in a long-drawn tie to enter the semi-finals of the 43rd Maharashtra State Men’s Squash tournament today. Also Read - 10-Year-Old Indian Girl Makes it to Semi-Finals of ‘Britain’s Got Talent’, Wows Judges With Her Impressive Singing | Watch
The 16-year-old Fadte had an easy start in the quarter-final clash as he won the first game 11-2, but Abhishek was quick to make a comeback and took the second game 11-4. Also Read - Priya Prakash Varrier Turns Singer For Upcoming Malayalam Film 'Finals'
Fadte bounced back with an 11-7 victory in the third game, but the teenager was not able to maintain consistency and lost the penultimate game 9-11. Also Read - India's Paddler Archana Girish Kamath Enters Semis of Youth Olympic Games 2018
With the match tied at 2-all, it was anyone’s match. However, Fadte, who came into the tournament with a string of successes kept his wits and clinched the decider 11-8 to advance to the last four for a face-off against top seed Mahesh Mangaonkar.
Mangoankar eased into the semis, making few mistakes on his way to an 11-7, 11-5, 11-2 victory over Vijay Kumar of Chennai.
Also advancing was number 2 seed Abhishek Pradhan, who defeated Ranjit Singh with an identical scoreline.
He would meet no. 4 Gaurav Nandrajog of Delhi for a place in the summit clash.
Results: Men’s quarterfinals: Mahesh Mangaonkar  bt Vijay Kumar [9/16] 11-7 11-5 11-2;Yash Fadte [9/16] bt Abhishek Agarwal 11-2 4-11 11-7 9-11 11-8; Gaurav Nandrajog  bt Sandeep Jangra 13-11 11-8 11-3; Abhishek Pradhan  bt Ranjit Singh 11-2 11-7 11-5.