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 !!!

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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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