Category: Squash

Saurav Ghosal reached semies of $ 100,000 Channel VAS Championship

Surrey (UK): It was mixed fortune for the three leading Indian professionals in the PSA circuit. While Saurav Ghosal had moments to relish having reached the semi-final after starting as a qualifier in the $ 100,000 Channel VAS Championship being held here, Joshna Chinappa and Dipika Pallikal exited in the first round itself from the $50,000 Carol Weymuller Open away in New York.

After two rounds of tough qualifying phase matches, Ghosal showed his mettle by dislodging the third seed Marwan Elshorbagy of Egypt in the first round 11-7, 11-7, 11-2 to reach the milestone of 200 match wins in the PSA circuit. This Egyptian did not pose much of a problem but in the next round, the Indian had a tough customer in another Egyptian , the eighth seeded Mohamed Abouelghar. Ghosal came back from being 1-2 in game scores at one stage to convert the 68 minute in his favour with some shrewd control over the pace of the match. The Indian won 11-9, 5-11, 8-11,11-3, 11-8 to get ready for another Egyptian, this time the top seed Mohamed Elshorbagy in the last four.

However in the US, the two grand ladies of Indian squash, Joshna and Dipika succumbed to their Egyptian opponents. Dipika was unlucky to get pitted against the second seed Raneem El Welily in the very first round and it was 11-8, 11-6, 11-7 defeat. Sixth seeded Joshna however faced a tough fight against Salma Hany and as it happened lost to the latter for the first time in seven meetings. Salma won 9-11, 13-11, 14-16, 11-5, 12-10.

Joshna goes down fighting in US open Squash

Philadelphia: Indian star Joshna Chinappa showed fight but that was not enough to trouble the fifth seeded Nouran Gohar. The Egyptian found her way to carve out a 9-11, 11-9, 11-8,11-5 victory to make it to the quarterfinal of the US Open squash championship here on Tuesday.

The near one hour tussle, which had several close moments could have brought a surprise gift over the talented Egyptian. After picking the first game with a near perfect stroke-play, the thirteenth seed Joshna could not consolidate after the early lead. She led in the second but lost her way and even in the third though she led 8-6, Gohar played with lot of intent to douse the enthusiasm of the Indian.

Dipika Pallikal lost in the semi-final of the San Fransisco Squash Open

San Fransisco: Dipika Pallikal Karthik’s dream run ends at the semi-final stage with former world champion and a legend Nicol David of Malaysia defeating her in straight games 11-3, 11-0, 11-5 here on Friday in the Oracle Netsuite San Fransisco Open, a $50,000 PSA world tour event.

Unlike in the earlier rounds, the Indian was never allowed the freedom to showcase her capability with Nicol taking just 22 minutes to finish off a swift job and make it to the final.

Dipika Pallikal Karthik moved into the semi-final of the Sanfrancisco Open

San Fransisco: Dipika Pallikal Karthik’s sensational run continues. The star Indian demanded attention after ousting the sixth seed Olivia Blatchford of USA in straight games 13-11, 11-6, 11-9 to storm into the semi-final of the Oracle Netsuite San Francisco Open, a major PSA world tour event here on Wednesday.

The Egyptian coach of Indian squash, Achraf El Karugui who was monitoring the match said that Dipika’s show was all of grit and class. She was down 6-10 in the first game but clawed back not only to restore parity but win the extra points to grab the game. The next two games went close but the Indian was always in the lead right through. Only once had she lost to this American in their four earlier meetings.

Dipika now braces up to meet a tough opponent in second seed Nicol David, a former world champion and a legend in the sport, next in the last four on Friday(Saturday in India).

Saurav Ghosal went down in the final of the Macau Open squash

Macau: Egyptian Mohamed Abouelghar, the second seed, ended the dream of Saurav Ghosal with a 11-1, 11-4, 11-4 win in the final of the $50,000 Macau Open, a major PSA world tour event here on Sunday night.

After the grand strides that Ghosal, the fourth seed, had made enroute to the final there was a flicker of hope when he came on to play the title round. Afterall two years ago in the CCI tournament in Mumbai, the Indian had beaten the Egyptian at the quaterfinal stage. But much has happened since with Ahbouelger jumping to rank 11 in the world, 17 rungs above Ghosal. The supremacy was reflected quick enough with the Egyptian giving little away in carving out a comfortable win.

Saurav Ghosal stormed into the final of Macau Open

Macau: India’s leading player Saurav Ghosal stormed into the final of the $ 50,000 Macau Open, a major PSA world tour event here on Saturday.

The Indian national champion, seeded four ousted the top seed Simon Rosner of Germany in five games 11-5, 5-11, 11-6, 11-13, 11-4 in a pulsating semi-final. Not in recent times have these two met at any event. Besides the Indian at 28 in world ranking was way down the 11th spot that the German was. But that did not unsettle Ghosal who showed his characteristic fight and ensured victory in what proved a topsy turvy tussle.

In the title round, Ghosal will meet the second seed Egyptian Mohamed Abouelghar.

Ravi Dixit wins Secunderabad Club Telengana Open

Secunderabad: Experienced and top seed Ravi Dixit of Haryana made the best of the occasion by beating second seed Jamal Sakib of UP with ease to annex the men’s title in the Secunderabad Club Telengana Open, a two-national circuit squash tournament here on Saturday.

In the junior section the fights for supremacy were lot closer in some categories though most of the top seeded players courted glory. Still mention has to be made of Devay Mehta, seeded ¾ who toppled top seed Rohan Arya Gondi for the title in the U-13 boys section. Similarly in the girls section, Maharashtra’s Sarah Vethekar, seeded 2 got the better of the top seed Rajasthan’s Uditi Mishra in the U-15 final.

The results: final:
Men: Ravi Dixit (1), HR, bt Jamal Sakib (2), UP, 11-2 11-8 11-3; (places 3-4):
Ashraf Hussain (5/8), DL, bt Arjun Sitaram, KA, 11-6 8-11 13-11 11-6

Boys: (U-17): Prithvi Singh (1), CH, bt Tejas Chawla (3/4), DL, 11-7 11-6 11-4; (Places 3-4):Jairaj Singh (3/4), RJ, bt Nikhil Jason (2), TN, 11-9 11-7 11-5; (U-15): Navaneeth Prabhu S (1), TN, bt Athrva Yadav (3/4), DL, 11-8 7-11 11-9 11-8; (Places 3-4): Lakshit Bohra (2), RJ, bt Arman Darukhanawalla (3/4), MH, 11-2 11-8 10-12 11-9; (U-13):Devay Mehta (3/4), MH, bt Rohan Arya Gondi (1), TL, 11-7 15-13 12-10; (places 3-4): Sharan Punjabi (2), MH, bt Ranbir Minocha (3/4), MH, 11-1 11-6 11-5; (U-11):Gurveer Singh (1), CH, bt Archith S (3/4), TN, 11-7 11-6 13-11; (places 3-4): Aakash Kannan (2), TN, bt Udit Mishra (3/4), RJ, 11-8 11-4 11-3 .

Girls: (U-17): Amira Singh (1), DL, bt Krithica J S (2), TN, 11-7 5-11 11-6 Ret..; (places 3-4): Shamita Yadav (3/4), CH, bt Malavika Ajith, TN, 11-6 12-10 6-11 11-6; (U-15):Sarah Vethekar (2), MH, bt Uditi Mishra (1), RJ, 12-10 13-11 11-6; (places 3-4): Trina Iris (3/4), TN, def. Anushka Rawat, GA, 11-4 11-5 11-2; (U-13):Deepika Vinoth Kumar (1), TN, bt Ashmitha Kandhi Arumugam (3/4), TN, 11-6 11-8 11-5; (Places 3-4):Tiana Parasrampuria (2), MH, bt Maansha Bohra (3/4), RJ, 11-1 11-8 11-7; (U-11):Anahat Singh (1), DL, bt Ipsa Mishra (2), MH, 11-4 11-2 11-2; (Places 3-4): Navya Sundararajan (3/4), UP, bt Chhavi Saran (3/4), RJ, 11-7 11-7 11-8

Men (Over 35 yrs): Arvind Kumar G (5/8), TL, bt Khushwant Singh (2), CH, 11-5 4-11 6-11 11-9 11-8.

Saurav Ghosal into the semi-final of the $50,000 Macau Open

Macau: India’s national champion Saurav Ghosal has moved into the semi-final of the $50,000 Macau Open, a PSA world tour event here on Friday.

After the early struggle in the tournament when he was stretched to five games by an Egyptian Mazen Gamal, a qualifier in the first round, the leading Indian,the fourth seed was in his elements against HongKong’s Tsz FungYip. Against the Egyptian, Ghosal had to come back from two games down to bring about a dramatic transformation. The 85 minute tussle ended 5-11, 8-11, 11-2, 11-3, 11-6 in Ghosal’s favour. However against the Hong kong player in the quarters the Indian did not concede much freedeom and carved out a 11-7, 11-5, 11-6 win in 38 minutes. Ghosal is to play the top seed German, Simon Rosner in the last four on Saturday.

As for the other Indians, Harinder Pal Sandhu who had ousted his junior partner Abhay Singh in the qualifying phase final, lasted one round in the main draw. Sandhu lost to Egyptian Omar Mosaad, the fifth seed but after giving a fight. The Egyptian won 11-1, 8-11, 11-9, 7-11, 11-2 in 65 minutes.In the women’s section Janet Vidhi was the lone entrant trying to make an attempt to qualify for the main draw. But she could not, losing the first round of the qualifying phase.

Ravi Dixit from Haryana breezed into the men’s semi-final of the Secunderabad Club Telangana Open 2017

Secunderabad: Seasoned Ravi Dixit from Haryana breezed into the men’s semi-final of the Secunderabad Club Telangana Open 2017, a two-star squash tournament, part of the national circuit here on Thursday.
The second seed Jamal Sdakaiab of Up also moved into the last four with ease. For the second day the Club courts witnessed hective activity with matches in various age categories in the boys and girls sections aside from the men’s over 35 years section.

Results: quarterfinals:

Men: Ravi Dixit (1), HR, bt Sanat Garg (9/16), WB, 11-7 11-3 11-4; Ashraf Hussain (5/8), DL, bt Sandeep Kondaparthy, TL, 11-1 11-5 11-3; Jamal Sakib (2), UP, bt Desappan Ravi (9/16), TN, 11-9 11-6 11-7; (pre-quarterfinal): Ravi Dixit (1), HR, bt Veduruvada Prasad, TL, 11-8 11-2 11-1; Sanat Garg (9/16), WB, bt Ankit Acharya (5/8), KA, 11-8 8-11 11-8 11-8; Ashraf Hussain (5/8), DL, bt Akash Ashokumar (9/16), TN, 11-9 11-7 11-8; Sandeep Kondaparthy, TL, bt Pratik Mohite (9/16), MH, 11-5 11-9 11-8; Vinoth Kumar Kuppusawmy (9/16), TN, bt Amrit Dasgupta, KA, 13-11 11-6 7-11 11-7; Desappan Ravi (9/16), TN, bt Rahul Kumar (5/8), KA, 11-3 11-3 11-4; Jamal Sakib (2), UP, bt Ravi Madabhushi (9/16), KA, 11-7 11-8 11-7

 

Boys: (U-17): Prithvi Singh (1), CH, bt Shlok Makhija, MH, 11-8 11-8 11-4; Jairaj Singh (3/4), RJ, bt R Kishore Arvind (5/8), TN, 7-11 11-5 12-14 16-14 12-10; Tejas Chawla (3/4), DL, bt Jayasai Yarram (5/8), TL, 11-3 11-3 11-3; Nikhil Jason (2), TN, bt Ashwin Kandath (5/8), DL, 11-6 11-4 9-11 11-4; (U-15): Navaneeth Prabhu S (1), TN, bt Aaryan Agarwal, MH, 11-7 11-4 11-6; Arman Darukhanawalla (3/4), MH, bt Ekam Singh (5/8), CH, 7-11 9-11 11-9 11-9 11-8; Athrva Yadav (3/4), DL, bt Arnav Mandhana (5/8), MH, 11-9 11-4 11-0; Lakshit Bohra (2), RJ, bt Adhil Mohammed Syed (5/8), TN, 11-5 11-4 11-5; (U-13): Rohan Arya Gondi (1), TL, bt Prithvi Yadav, CH, 11-6 11-7 11-6; Ranbir Minocha (3/4), MH, bt Vir Jain (5/8), DL, 11-6 10-12 11-8 12-10; Devay Mehta (3/4), MH, bt Adith Achpal (5/8), TN, 11-1 11-1 11-7; Sharan Punjabi (2), MH, bt Arjun Gupta (5/8), DL, 11-2 11-4 11-5; (U-11): Gurveer Singh (1), CH, bt Kavya Anand (5/8), MH, 11-6 11-4 11-6; Udit Mishra (3/4), RJ, bt Arjun Morey (5/8), MH, 11-6 11-9 11-9; Archith S (3/4), TN, bt Priyaan Thakker (5/8), MH, 11-6 11-3 4-11 11-6; Aakash Kannan (2), TN, bt Parth Dogra (5/8), KA, 11-5 11-4 11-4 .

Girls: (U-17): Shamita Yadav (3/4), CH, bt Pragya Nagori, TL, 11-4 11-3 13-11; Malavika Ajith, TN, bt Saumya Raj (3/4), KA, 11-3 3-11 11-7 11-3; Krithica J S (2), TN, bt Aishwaria Payyan, TL, 11-5 11-2 11-7; (U-15): Uditi Mishra (1), RJ, bt Nandana Raja, TN, 11-3 11-3 11-4; Anushka Rawat, GA, bt Netra Krishna (3/4), TN, 11-4 11-5 11-13 9-11 11-7; Trina Iris (3/4), TN, bt Aanchal Mishra, RJ, 11-2 11-7 11-4; Sarah Vethekar (2), MH, def. Aanchal Rathor, GA, 11-6 11-9 8-11 11-3; (U-13):Deepika Vinoth Kumar (1), TN, bt Tamanna D (5/8), TN, 11-4 11-6 11-2; Maansha Bohra (3/4), RJ, bt Shameena Riaz (5/8), TN, 11-8 8-11 11-4 11-8;
Ashmitha Kandhi Arumugam (3/4), TN, bt Tanishka Singh, GA, 11-8 11-1 11-5;
Tiana Parasrampuria (2), MH, bt Harini V, TN, 14-12 11-6 9-11 11-8; (U-11): QF
Anahat Singh (1), DL, bt Torita Chakravarty, TL, 11-1 11-0 11-2; Chhavi Saran (3/4), RJ, bt Pia Singh (5/8), MH, 11-7 11-5 11-3; Navya Sundararajan (3/4), UP, bt Nayantara Krishna (5/8), TN, 11-4 11-8 11-3; Ipsa Mishra (2), MH, bt Samairah Bhandare, GA, 11-5 11-0 11-0 .

Men(Over 35): Komal Jothi, KA, bt Prem Chander, CH, 11-7 11-2 11-2; Arvind Kumar G (5/8), TL, bt Sriram Rao (3/4), MH, 11-9 11-3 11-4;Kabir Subedar (3/4), MH, bt Lalit Kumar Agnihotri (5/8), MH, 11-7 11-6 11-6; Khushwant Singh (2), CH, bt Ravikrishna Burla, TL, 11-2 11-9 11-3.

Secunderabad ClubTelengana Open Squash: Tamil Nadu players shines

Secunderabad: Tamil Nadu players were in focus in the junior boys section of the Secunderabad ClubTelengana Open Squash, a two-star national tournament which got underway here on Wednesday.

Expectedly the three glass courts at the Secunderabad club was a beehive of activity as matches went on non stop from morning. There were a spate of walk overs too but overall it was a day that witness keen tussles and a few close wins.

The tournament is being held for the first time after the formation of Telengana State.

The results:

Boys: pre-quarterfinal: U-11: Gurveer Singh (1), CH, bt Darshil Parasrampuria, TN, 11-3 11-4 11-5; Kavya Anand (5/8), MH, bt Shaurya Shah, MH, 11-5 11-8 11-3; Arjun Morey (5/8), MH, bt Dushyant Dhar Dubey, MH, 11-1 11-8 8-11 13-11; Archith S (3/4), TN, bt Aryan Shah, MH, 11-5 11-9 11-7; Priyaan Thakker (5/8), MH, bt Naithik D, TN, 11-0 11-3 11-0; Aakash Kannan (2), TN, bt Advaith J, TN, 11-3 11-2 11-3; (U-13): Rohan Arya Gondi (1), TL, bt Hunarpal Kohli, MH, 11-8 11-2 11-2; Vir Jain (5/8), DL, bt Dheemant Dhar Dubey, MH, 11-9 11-7 7-11 5-11 11-5; Ranbir Minocha (3/4), MH, bt Arihant Chordia, TN, 11-5 11-5 12-10; Adith Achpal (5/8), TN, bt Paygun Eshwar, TN, 11-5 11-4 11-2; (U-15): Navaneeth Prabhu S (1), TN, bt Akanksh Nair, AP, 11-6 11-6 11-6 (U-17): round one: Nandha Kumar, TN, bt R J Israel Titus Raja, TN, 11-8 8-11 13-11 11-7; Ashwin Krishnan, HP, bt Krishang Agarwal, MH, 11-5 11-2 11-1 .

Girls: Ankit Acharya (5/8), KA, bt Dhananjay Mundhra, TL, 11-3 11-2 11-7; Ashraf Hussain (5/8), DL, bt Sathyanandhan Mp, TN, 11-5 11-6 11-0; Akash Ashokumar (9/16), TN, bt Shiva Nagarale, KA, 11-1 11-4 11-3 ; Pratik Mohite (9/16), MH, w/o Srijan Singh, KA,; Arjun Sitaram, KA, bt Shankaran Parthiban (9/16), TN, 11-8 11-6 11-4; Prateek Gwalani, TL, w/o Shashi Pandey (5/8), MH; Rahul Kumar (5/8), KA, w/o Neeraj Rana, TL; Desappan Ravi (9/16), TN, bt Aditya Rajpal, KA, 11-4 11-6 11-5; Ravi Madabhushi (9/16), KA, w/o Rishi Gaggar, TL; Jamal Sakib (2), UP bt Naseem Ali, AP, 11-3 11-6 11-5; (round one): Jeganraj Jeyaprakasam, KA, bt Amarendu Srivastava, UP, 11-5 11-4 11-3; Naseem Ali, AP, bt Jebindran V, TN, 11-3 11-1 11-8 .

Men (Over 35): pre-quarterfinal: Prem Chander, CH, w/o Harjinder Singh (1), DL; Komal Jothi, KA, bt Promod Dogra (5/8), MH, 11-2 11-3 11-1; Arvind Kumar G (5/8), TL, bt Rakesh Kumar Saran, RJ, 11-3 11-3 11-5; Sriram Rao (3/4), MH, bt Ankur Sood, CH, 11-5 11-6 11-7; Kabir Subedar (3/4), MH, bt Priyatosh Dubey, TL, 11-5 5-11 11-8 11-4; Lalit Kumar Agnihotri (5/8), MH, bt Sitaram Harihar, TL, 11-9 7-11 12-10 5-11 13-11; Ravikrishna Burla, TL, w/o Rajeev Bhatia (5/8), MP; Khushwant Singh (2), CH, bt Prem Chand, TL, 15-13 11-3 13-11.