Ahead of most seeded players entering the draw tomorrow, much of the attention was on the outcome of Indian 14-year-old Anahat Singh’s clash with 21-year-old Jada Ross of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.
After an inconsistent start to the first game, Singh showed exactly why she has stormed into the Commonwealth games at such a young age. Once the teenager found her rhythm in game one, she quickly began to dominate, with unerring accuracy and consistent lines leaving Ross with few scoring options as Singh took the opener 11-5.
Singh only grew in confidence after the first game and began pushing further up the court, with her deceptive power leaving Ross stranded as she took the second 11-2, before stunning the crowd with a brutal 11-0 in the third.
Singh will now play Welsh World No.19 and 5/8 seed Emily Whitlock in tomorrow’s second round.
“It’s really exciting because I’m getting to play a lot of senior players and it’s my first senior tournament. It’s really fun! My family are here with me now and cheering me on really loudly!” Singh said after the win.
“I didn’t really know what to expect, but now I know I can win and I’m doing really well. I got more confident as the games went on. I wasn’t really confident, but I had nothing to lose, so I wasn’t really nervous either!”
Cyrus Poncha, Secretary General at The Squash Rackets Federation of India added: “It’s been fabulous [seeing Singh’s progress].
“A lot of people have said it’s good that we’re bringing in a youngster, but she’s here on merit. She is that good. I’m looking forward to seeing her go further from here.”