Saurav wins British Jr Open 2004, Joshna runner up

Saurav Ghoshal has won the British Junior Open squash title, while Joshna Chinappa was the runner-up in the under-19 girls.…..The performances of the two are a feather in the cap of the India Cements Academy where they train under Maj Maniam and Cyrus Poncha. They have the latest facilities and made the most of them. The Squash Rackets Federation of India headed by N.Ramachandran, deserves kudos for their efforts…

Indian Express article on Saurav’s win at the British Open….India has never won a British Junior Open title since its inception in 1980. The Chennai-based Saurav, who is 17 years old and trains at the ICL Squash Academy in Chennai. He is a talented youngster, whose work ethics at the squash court is any coaches dream, according to a press release from SRFI.

Squashtalk article on Saurav’s British Open win…..Ghosal, a small fast-footed 17-year-old from Calcutta, has won only local junior events until now, but has been training with Cyrus Poncha on the new championship courts at Chennai over the past year. He hits the ball with ferocious technically based power and speed for such a slight character and tonight quickly established himself as the dominant force on the court against an opponent of considerably more height and width……

Hindu article Saurav does India proud…A pupil at the ICL Squash Academy in Chennai, this talented youngster’s work ethics can be a coach’s dream. His hard work paid off last night, as he outran and outplayed his six-foot tall opponent who was caught on the wrong foot time and again.


About Cyrus Poncha
I was born and lived in Bombay before moving to Chennai in 2001 to coach the Indian national squash team....what a journey its been!!

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