Velavan Senthilkumar won the coveted Drysdale Cup becoming only the third Indian male) to do so with a 15-13, 11-2, 10-12, 11-7 win over compatriot and unseeded Abhay Singh in a close final. Then Adhitya Raghavan won the thirdplace playoff. These three have been training partners for years, all coming out of the same stable - the Indian Squash Academy in Chennai. Only years ago the story of these players was so different. At the Junior National of 2011 for instance – Velavan had finished seventh, Abhay did not qualify for the main draw in the under-15 category while Adhitya was fifth in the Boys under 13. “A lesson then for upcoming players that working hard with dedication, discipline and devotion do pay dividends,” said Poncha.