St. Kitts’ Sachvie falls in opening round of junior squash championships

ZURICH, Switzerland – Kelly Shannon of Calgary and Frederick Reid of Markham, Ont., were eliminated in the second round on Monday at the men’s world junior squash championships.

Shannon, Canada’s top seeded player ranked in the 17-32 bracket, lost in five games to Lucas Serme of France 9-7, 4-9, 8-10, 9-2, 9-3 in a 90-minute marathon. Shannon opened the day easily winning his first round match over Alejandro Suarez of Venezuela 9-0, 9-0, 9-3 in 18 minutes.

Reid was also eliminated in the second round falling to Aditya Jagtap of India 9-0, 9-0, 7-9, 10-8 in 52 minutes. Reid opened with a 9-3, 9-2, 6-9, 9-2 victory over Matt Domenick of the U.S.

Canada’s other three entries fell in the first round Monday morning. Andrew Schnell of Calgary lost to Paul Rodrigues of South Africa 10-8, 3-9, 9-7, 9-3; Nicholas Sachvie of St. Catharines, fell to Wagar Mehbood of Pakistan, seeded in the five-to-eight bracket, 9-1, 9-3, 9-2 and Arjun Gupta of Toronto lost to Evan Williams of New Zealand 9-0, 9-6, 9-0.

Canada is fielding a young team for the tournament with Gupta, Sachvie and Schnell all 16-years-old and competing at their first world juniors.

The Canadians will continue to play in consolation rounds and prepare for the team event which starts Aug. 2.

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