Yash Fadte won the prestigious French Junior Open on Feb 23, 2020, creating history by becoming one of the very few Indians to win the prestigious championship. The French Junior Open is counted as one of the oldest happening junior squash events.
The 18-year-old from Goa defeated Czech Republic No.1 and second seed Marek Panachek 3-1 (10-12,11-5,11-4,11-5) in the Finals.
Pre-quarterfinals: Fadte beat Swiss no.2 Lian Keeling 3-0 (11-4,11-2,11-1).
Quarterfinals: he beat France No.2 Baptiste Bouin 3-0 (11-4,11-5,12-10).
Semifinals: Fadte beat France no.1 Toufik Mekhalfi 3-2 (9-11,11-6,7-11,11-8,11-9) in a thrilling 1.15 hour match.
Yash now has his eyes set on the Junior World Championship.“My ultimate aim is win the Junior World Championship and I am determined to work hard and to overcome all the obstacles so that I can achieve my goal. This win has boosted my confidence and there is no looking back now,” said Yash after his title triumph in France.
The French Junior Open was held at Lille, France from Feb 20 – 23 and is counted as one of the oldest happening junior squash events.
This article was originally published in Sportstar.com