Senior Inter State Championship 2006 Finals

Tamil Nadu bt Services  2-0:
Harinder Pal Singh (Tamil Nadu) bt  Vikas Jangra (Services) 9-2 9-0 10-8 (35m)
Parth Sharma (Tamil Nadu) bt Shakti Singh (Services) 9-1 9-3 9-4

New Delhi bt Rajasthan 2-1 for third position
Sohail Kapur (ND) bt Gautam Sharma (Raj)  9-6, 9-7, 7-9, 9-2
Amandeep Singh (ND) lost to Gunraj Singh (Raj) 6-9, 2-9, 8-10
Muktiar Ali (ND) bt Kapil Murjani (Raj) 9-1, 9-0, 9-0

Tamil Nadu won the National team title beating Services 2-0 in the final of the 2006 inter-State squash championship at the Delhi Gymkhana Club. Playing its fourth final in as many years, Tamil Nadu avoided the mistakes of 2005 when it lost to Maharashtra, by going on the offensive from the start. Harinder Pal Singh wasted little time in beating Vikas Jangra though he was made to rally in the opening and the third game. After winning the first two games 9-2, 9-0, Harinder was forced on the backfoot as Jangra took a 5-0 lead and then led 8-5, but the Tamil Nadu player rallied brilliantly to win the match.

Parth Sharma dominated from the start and closed the match in 35 minutes to give Tamil Nadu a deserving title in the championship held under the aegis of the Squash Rackets Federation of India. Former champion New Delhi salvaged some pride by winning the bronze medal. Playing without its top three players, New Delhi struggled against giant-killer Rajasthan before scoring a 2-1 win in just under two hours.

Sohail Kapur gave the host a 1-0 lead when he defeated Gautam Sharma 9-6, 9-7, 7-9, 9-2. But Gunraj Singh brought Rajasthan back into contention by beating Amandeep Singh in straight games. The Delhi coach, Muktiar Ali, took to the court in absence of his injured ranked players and outlasted Kapil Murjani, giving away just one point.

The action now moves on to the 54th National championship, which will start here on Wednesday. Defending champions in both men’s and women’s sections, Ritwik Bhattacharya and Joshana Chinappa, lead the seedings in the Rs. 2.5 lakh championship. Besides the world ranked 41 Bhattacharya, Saurav Ghosal, who is ranked 50 in the world, will be in action in a full field of 128 players. The two have played in the last three National finals – Bhattacharya winning in 2003 and 2005 and Ghosal in 2004.


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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