SquashTime #16

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ISA Day – 22 April 2016

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13015454_932721823511916_8042532593074007003_n.jpgA vibrant evening showcased the Indian Squash Academy (ISA) annual day function at the Taj Connemara. Aside from the annual awards, the spotlight was on Maj. S. Maniam (retd), Consultant Coach of SRFI who is due to lay down office in June and return home to become the CEO and Director of Squash Rackets Association of Malaysia.

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Irish Open, Dublin (18-23 Apr’16) PSA M15k + W5k

Harshit Kaur Jawanda was making her first overseas trip as a professional player and starting as a qualifier she did well to get past two rounds to make it to the main round at the event. But fourth seeded Alison Thomson of England stopped her in the first round 11-13, 11-7, 11-6, 11-6. Mahesh Mangaonkar was slightly better. Seeded eight, Mahesh started off hesitantly, beating wild card Arthur Gaskin of Ireland in five games 11-5, 11-5, 6-11, 3-11, 11-3 but in the next round (quarters), second seed Laurens Jan Anjema of Netherlands ended his tenure abruptly. The Dutch won 11-8, 8-11, 11-9, 11-3.

PSA World Rankings April 2016

India’s leading men’s player Saurav Ghosal improved by a rung to 18 in the April rankings released by the PSA while the highest ranked Indian Joshna Chinappa remained on 14. Read more of this post

Malaysian 2016 Tour 1 (28 -31 Mar’16)

Ever since he tasted title-success in December2015 in the Florida Open, Vikram Malhotra has been an inspired man. The US-based player then almost grabbed another by reaching the final at the Seattle Open early last month.

The tall lad has been enjoying his squash and this much came through as he brought up another good show later in the month to lift the title in the Malaysian tour-leg one which was held in Malaka. The Indian who touched his career high ranking of 92 this month was seeded five in this $5000 event. Read more of this post

Sekisui Open, Switzerland, PSA 15, (7-13 Mar’16)

A semi-final finish in the Cactus Classic in the US in February was a good sign. Then came this victory at the Sekisui Open in Kriens in Switzerland, a $15000 PSA world tour event in March for Mahesh Mangaonkar to establish that all is well with him as he pegs his sight for bigger strides in 2016. Read more of this post

SquashTime #13

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Qatar & Doha Junior (5-9 Mar’16)

Qatar & DohaTwo Indians Arnav Tevatia in the U-11 section and Abhay Singh in the U-19 earned spotlight in the Qatar & Doha Junior Open squash events conducted by the Qatar Squash Federation in Doha. Arnav finished runner up in both while Abhay, finished finalist in one and third in the other. Read more of this post

WSF Instant Update #61

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Seattle Open, PSA M10 (1-6 Mar’16)

Canada’s Andrew Schnell ended the dream run of unseeded Vikram Malhotra in the final of the Samson Seattle Squash Open, a PSA Tour event. The third seeded Canadian won the match 11-7, 9-11, 11-7, 11-4. This is Andrew’s second title in two weeks time. For the US-based Indian, Vikram ranked 125 in the World it was another good show after the Florida success in December last. Beating higher seeded players including the second seed Nathan Lake (England) in this tournament, Vikram looked in good nick to do more but was unable to cross the line against a player in form.

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