Otters Open -Semis

Mandy Kennedy of England stole the limelight for the second day in succession after storming into the women’s final following a pulsating 8-10, 8-10, 10-8, 9-4, 9-4 win over fifth seed Harita Omprakash of Chennai in the Otters Open that lasted a gruelling 85 minutes. Mandy will take on formidable No. 2 seed Alisha Mashruwala in Sunday’s final after the latter overcame third seed Shivangi Paranjpe 10-8, 4-9, 9-2, 9-1

Men’s fifth seed Harinderpal Sandhu’s shock 8-10, 9-5, 9-3, 10-9 win over top seed Gaurav Nandrajog in an exciting semi-final, added another upset to a long list of casualties.

Men’s Open: Harinder Sandhu (Chennai) bt Gaurav Nandrajog (Del) 8-10, 9-5, 9-3, 10-9. Vikas Jangra bt Rishad Pundole
Boys  U-19: Parth Sharma bt Sandeep Jangra 4-9, 9-4, 8-10, 9-7, 9-0; Vikram Malhotra bt Naresh Kumar (Chennai) 9-7, 9-1, 6-9, 9-6.
Boys U-17: Laxman Joshi bt Girish Sawlani (Chennai) 9-5, 9-7, 10-8; Vikram Malhotra bt Cyril Kuhn (Chennai) 9-4, 9-7, 9-7.
Boys U-15: Aditya Jagtap bt Karm Kumar (Del) 9-3, 9-7, 9-1; Ravi Dixit (Chennai) bt Mahesh Mangaonkar (Mah) 9-0, 9-2, 9-0.
Boys U-13: Mahesh Mangaokar bt Aakash Borwankar 9-4, 9-4, 9-1; Abhishek Pardhan bt Karan Tharyamal 9-3, 9-3, 5-9, 5-9, 9-6.
Boys U-11: Kush Kumar (Del) bt Aditiya Katri 9-0, 9-0, 9-8; Arjun Kochhar bt Kunj Rawani 9-2, 10-8, 10-9.
Women’s Open: Alisha Mashruwala bt Shivangi Paranjpe 10-8, 4-9, 9-2, 9-1; Mandy Kennedy (England) bt Harita Omprakash (Chennai) 8-10, 8-10, 10-8, 9-4, 9-4.
Girls U-17: Shivangi Paranjpe bt Harita Omprakash (Chennai) 0-9, 9-3, 9-4, 9-4; Surbi Mishra (Raj) bt Dheeya Somaiya (MP) 9-1, 9-2, 9-1.
Girls U-13: Saumya Karki bt Namrata Purohit 9-2, 9-3, 9-1; Sachika Balwani bt Ankita Sharma 6-9, 9-6, 9-7, 9-5
Professionals: Rohit More bt Sanjay Pawar 5-9, 4-9, 9-3, 10-8, 9-0; B. Balamurgan (Chennai) bt Vijay Waghela 9-1, 9-2, 9-2.

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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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