Senior National Championships 2006 Finals

saurav-ghosal.JPGSaurav Ghosal and Joshna Chinappa won the men’s and women’s titles respectively at the 54th national squash championships in New Delhi. World # 50 Ghosal raced down Gaurav Nandrajog 9-3 9-2 9-6, while 54th ranked Joshna subdued Dipika Pallikal 9-2 9-5 9-4.

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Senior National Championships 2006 Age / Pro Semis

35-39 years – Semi-Final
Navneet Narian {SSB} beat Vinay Sanghi {MAH} Walkover
Mukhtiar Ali {ND} beat Ashok B Shiroor {ND} 9-0 9-1 9-6
40-44 years – Semi-Final
Rohit Thawani {MAH} beat Dushant Jamwal {ND} 10-8 5-9 9-2 9-7
Sanjeev Anand {ND} beat Rajiv Oberoi {ND} 9-6 9-3 9-3 {32m} Read more of this post

Joshna’s false statements

“Joshna is an ungrateful liar” N Ramachandran, secretary-general, SRFI, told Indian Express. “I have letters from her father and herself thanking national coach Cyrus Poncha and the federation, and she had the nerve to send complaints to the Sports Ministry saying that he did not coach her. No coach in the country is willing to train her right now.”

Joshna, now with a full-time personal coach, Egyptian Mohammed Medhat, had created a storm in squash circles by claiming that she was not part of the SRFI and that I had bagged the Dronacharya award by misusing her name last year. She conveniently forgot that others have also won international laurels in the sport. Click her to see the WISPA website where her details and my name as coach is mentioned

Her lame response is “Cyrus Poncha was not exclusively ‘my’ coach, I did train in Chennai, but there were others as well. So it would be wrong to say that he was ‘my’ coach. In fact, I trained more under other coaches from the academy than under him. That way, my father deserves the Dronacharya; he was my coach for the first seven years of my career”.
Considering she stated that she never trained at the Academy even though she was there for years (see past posts on the blog), we dont need to take notice of the never ending concoctions to cover up her earlier lies. Maybe her father should coach her now, rather than another coach.

Let players not be misguided by others to think that they are bigger than the sport itself, and should refrain from making mindless statements attacking the SRFI, complaining about prize money, selection etc. As per Government of India guidelines medal prospects are to be selected and hence we base selection on the prospects given the level of competition.

Senior National Championships Semis

Men: Gaurav Nandrajog (TN) bt Ritwik Bhattacharya (Del) 6-9, 9-6, 9-5, 9-1; Saurav Ghosal (TN) bt Siddharth Suchde (Mah) 10-8, 9-3, 9-0.
Women: Joshna Chinappa (TN) bt Surbhi Mishra (Raj) 9-1, 9-2, 9-2; Dipika Pallikal (TN) bt Anwesha Reddy (TN) 9-1, 9-3, 9-0.

Gaurav Nandrajog played the match of his life to defeat five-time champion Ritwik Bhattacharya and made it to the final of the 54th National squash championship at the Delhi Gymkhana Club. Gaurav had a shaky start but he soon found his rhythm and finished the match in style, winning 6-9, 9-6, 9-5, 9-1 in an hour and 25 minutes.

In the final, Gaurav faces 2004 champion Saurav Ghosal, who defeated Siddharth Suchde of Maharashtra. Suchde took an early lead but Saurav rallied brilliantly. He was 2-6 down in the first game, but then reeled off a series of winners to take the game 10-8. Then on it was easy for Saurav as he won 10-8, 9-3, 9-0 in 50 minutes.

Tamil Nadu’s Joshna Chinappa and Dipika Pallikal will clash in the women’s final after scoring easy victories. Hence all finalists will be from Tamil Nadu !!!