Dunlop British Open

The 2006 Dunlop British Open to be staged at the University of Nottingham from the 15th to 18th September features all of the world’s top ten players: [1] Amr Shabana (Egypt), [2] David Palmer (Australia), [3] Thierry Lincou (France), [4] James Willstrop (England), [5] Anthony Ricketts (Australia), [6] Nick Matthew (England), [7] Gregory Gaultier (France), and [8] Karim Darwish (Egypt).
An equally impressive women’s line-up comprises of: [1] Nicol David (Malaysia), [2] Vanessa Atkinson (Netherlands), [3] Rachael Grinham (Australia), [4] Natalie Grinham (Australia), [5] Vicky Botwright (England), [6] Jenny Duncalf (England), [7] Tania Bailey (England), and [8] Madeline Perry (Ireland).

Saurav’s Hindustan Times clip

‘I want to be a business consultant’ I ’m a student of Economics and Management at the University of Leeds. Hence I’m passionate about entrepreneurial issues and, perhaps, when I’m done playing, I’d like to get into business consulting. How businesses work, what are their structural and strategic problems – I find these topics interesting. Read more of this post

Mamut English Open Final

An all French men’s final at the Mamut English Open !!!
[2] Thierry Lincou (Fra) bt [7] Gregory Gaultier (Fra) 11/6, 2/11, 8/11, 11/5, 11/6 (71m)[1] Lauren Briggs (Eng) bt [3/4] Laura Hill (Eng) 9/4, 9/1, 9/3 (40m)

Semi: Gregory Gaultier bt Peter Nicol 11-5, 11-6, 11-8 (45m), Thierry Lincou bt Lee Beachill 11-3, 7-2 ret. (20m)

SAF Games Team picture

Anwesha, Gaurav, Dipika, Cyrus, B. Kumari, Sandeep, Surbhi, Parth, Joshna, Harinder

Gaurav, Harinder, Joshna and Dipika has easy matches and entered the semis of the Individual championship

South Asian Federation Games

South Asian Federation Games schedule, all the events will be held at Colombo Gymkhana Club, Maitland Crescent, Colombo 07, Sri Lanka. 
     
19th August 2006 Preliminary Individual
20th August 2006 Semi Finals Individual
21st August 2006 Final Individual
  
23rd August 2006 Preliminary Team
24th August 2006 Quarter Finals Team
25th August 2006 Semi Finals Team
26th August 2006 Finals Team

Mamut English Open 2006

Men’s Quarter-Finals
[5] Peter Nicol (Eng) bt [1] David Palmer (Aus) 6/11, 11/10(2-0), 11/10(3-1),11/8 (63m)
[7] Gregory Gaultier (Fra) bt Stewart Boswell (Aus) 11/3, 11/4, 11/2 (42m)
[8] Lee Beachill (Eng) bt [4] James Willstrop (Eng) 11/2, 11/9, 9/11, 11/8 (68m)
[2] Thierry Lincou (Fra) bt [6] Nick Matthew (Eng) 10/11(0-2), 11/5, 11/9, 11/5 (62m)Women’s Quarter-Finals
[1] Lauren Briggs bt Emma Chorley 9/4, 9/5, 9/5 (36m)
[3/4] Lauren Siddall bt Karen Leach 3/9, 9/3,9/4, 9/7 (38m)
[3/4] Laura Hill bt Adel Weir 9/1, 9/1, 9/1 (20m)
[2] Becky Botwright bt Emma Beddoes 9/3, 9/5, 9/3

Follow the Mamut English Open 2006 on squashsite.co.uk, squashplayer.co.uk, psalive.tv

Flaunting flamboyance and raising standards

Their’s is the nuanced difference between a trendsetter and a trailblazer. While Ritwik Bhattacharya was the first of Indians to make inroads into world squash’s professional circuit, Saurav Ghosal promises to step up the pace with attacking strokemaking – his unmistakable flamboyance in tow.
What’s more – having persisted with this style after moving base to England and seeking out a coach who encourages just that – he might just draw in more crowds in India, with the flash still intact. A narrow 9-11, 8-11, 11-6, 11-6, 11-10 (2-0) win for Saurav Ghosal over Ritwik Bhattacharya in the PSA Otters Open here was only the second for the 20-year-old over his senior opponent. Read more of this post

Saurav wins Otters PSA: Newspaper articles

Saurav Ghosal and Ritwik Bhattacharya at Otters PSATimes Of India: Another match against Ritwik Bhattacharya and the feeling in the air was that the result, barring minor hiccups, would be a forgone conclusion, considering the India No 1’s domination over Saurav Ghosal over the years. For the first two games in the PSA Otters Open Squash Tournament final, it seemed very much the case as World No 43 Ritwik jumped to a 2-0 lead and was inching closer to his seventh title win on the PSA Tour .
But interestingly, there was to be a twist in the tale. For all the talk about Ritwik walking away with it, there was something different about Saurav on Friday. It seemed he was destined to win the title. Last November, a possessed Ritwik had blasted past the India No 2 in the Senior Nationals. The roles were reversed this time. Cheered on by a boisterous crowd, a possessed Saurav staged a brilliant comeback. Fighting back from two games down, the World No 59 stunned Ritwik in a marathon five game match. It took him 75 minutes to win his maiden PSA Tour title 9-11 8-11 11-6 11-6 11-10 (2-0). Read more of this post

Hindustan Times interview

National coach Cyrus Poncha has been at the job for a while and he’s seen quite a bit. Especially the muck that flew around after he was conferred the Dronacharya Award last year. In an interview with HT at the PSA Otters Open, Poncha offers his side of the allegations and also touches upon other issues, including the preparation for the South Asian Games.
How did the Chennai camp for the South Asian games go? Things are pretty well. We have lots of player coming in. The competition is close, more so among junior boys. We’ve seen that in the Otters Open.
What are your expectations from the Games at Colombo? In women’s category, we’re definitely looking at winning the gold. In men’s, silver is a realistic target, with top Pakistani players present there. Read more of this post

PSA Otters Open – Final

Saurav Ghosal celebrates after winning Otters 2006Saurav Ghosal defeated Ritwik Bhattacharya to win his maiden PSA tournament in five close games 9-11 8-11 11-5 11-6 11-10 (2-0) in 75 min.
DNA Article : There were many things that went right the whole week for the inaugural $10,000 PSA Otters Open. And the final was, well the icing on the cake, attracting a full house that included inter alia Bollywood actor Aamir Khan along with his wife Kiran Rao. Read more of this post

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