Hamdard Delton squash championships

Hamdard Delton All India Junior squash championships will be held in Delhi from 25th – 28th Jan 2007. Please click here for the entry form

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World Squash Awards 2006

PSA Male player of the year: Amr Shabana
WISPA Female player of the year: Nicol David
PSA Young player of the year: Ramy Ashour
WISPA Young player of the year: Tenille Swartz
WISPA Most improved player: Nicolette Fernandes
Lifetime Achievement Award: Jonah Barrington

British junior squash open

Over 450 players from 30 major squash playing nations will compete in U13, U15, U17 and U19 events for girls and boys. The 2007 Championships will take place from 2-6 January. Please check out the daily posts and click for the  draws

Cricket India bt SA, Australia win Ashes, SL bt NZ

India bt South Africa  Video of Sreesanth’s jig after hitting Nel for a 6
Australia bt England to regain the Ashes
Sri Lanka bt New Zealand

TN govt awards Krishnan Sasikiran, Anju Bobby George, Santi Soundararajan and Saurav Ghosal

An official release said Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, M Karunanidhi would give cash awards to four sportspersons at the state secretariat on December 18. The awardees are Rs 20 lakh for chess Grand Master Sasikiran (gold – chess team),  Rs 15 lakh for Santi Soundararajan (silver – women’s 800 metres),  Rs 15 lakhs for Anju Bobby George (silver – long jump), Rs 10 lakh for Saurav Ghosal (bronze – squash)

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Double gold for Malaysia, Nicol defeated Rebecca who had upset her at the last games , Ong retained his title.

[1]Nicol David (MAS) bt [2] Rebecca Chiu (HKG) 9/0, 9/3, 9/3 (34m)
[2] Ong Beng Hee (MAS) bt [1] Mohd Azlan Iskandar (Mas) 5/9, 9/1, 10/9, 9/5 (73m)

Hindu: Indian Squash comes of age

You can call it the luck of the draw, but the fact remains that Indian squash, still in its infancy in international arena, has managed to figure among the medals in the Asian Games for the first time. By beating compatriot Ritwik Bhattacharya, Saurav Ghosal had entered the medal round, the semifinals of the men’s singles event. The 20-year-old former World No.1 junior did show his fighting qualities in a late spurt against the World No.18, Beng Hee Ong of Malaysia, but lacked the energy to cause a coup against the defending champion.

Coach Cyrus Poncha was thrilled with the boy’s performance and the first squash medal from the Asian Games. “Saurav played a brilliant aggressive game in the second-half. He used the drops to good effect against the former World No.7 and pushed the Malaysian into the front with some excellent length. He led 4-1 in the fourth game after winning the third, but could not sustain his good work. This medal is huge for him and the sport in the country. It was unfortunate that Saurav met Ritwik Bhattacharya in the earlier round,” said coach Poncha. Read more of this post

Leander Paes wins two golds in Tennis

Tennis doubles maestro Leander Paes won two golds at the Doha Asian Games, for Mens doubles with Mahesh Bhupathi (beat RATIWATANA S. / RATIWATANA S. of Thailand) and Mixed Doubles with Sania Mirza (beat IWABUCHI S. / MORIGAMI A. of Japan)

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Saurav Ghosal Asian Games, Doha bronze medal for squashDiminutive Saurav Ghosal had the crowd entertained with his delightful front game and his awesome retrieving skills. Beng Hee picked up almost all of Saurav’s attacking shots to the front and at the same time threw in a few of his. Saurav continued with the same sort of game in the third and slowly it was beginning to produce results. Beng Hee was either getting a little late to the ball or were tinning his returns. Saurav took a well deserve third. The fourth was looking good for Saurav as he raced to a 3-0 and 4-1 lead with yet again – delicate drop shots. Beng Hee decided that he should keep Saurav away from the front and went back to playing a lot more lobs as he did in the first two games. Rallies were now getting longer and Saurav’s legs getting wearier. Beng Hee finished of well against a fighting Saurav 9/1, 9/2, 6/9, 9/4 Read more of this post

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Maj Maniam, Cyrus, Saurav, Mr. N. Ramachandran, S. SrivatsanI  am thrilled that India has won a medal for squash at the Asian Games. Four years ago Ritwik was very close to winning a medal when he had stretched Azlan to 5 games. It is unfortunate this time round my boys had to play each other. Ritwik was unlucky not to go thru,  Saurav took his chances well and reaped the reward. Credit for Saurav’s win must go to his parents, the Squash Rackets Federation of India (SRFI) who has supported him over the past few years, the management and coaches of the India Cements Squash Academy who have always stood behind him and Malcolm Willstrop who has worked very closely with Saurav for the past 18 months. Read more of this post