5th ICL Chennai Open, Finals

Mohd. Ali Anwar Reda overcame the No.1 seed Ritwik Bhattacharya in an absorbing 5 setter which lasted almost an hour. The match started at an aggressive phase with Ritwik controlling the ‘T’. Pinning Reda to the back with his aggressive drives and forcing him to play several loose shots to the front, Ritwik used his drops and delayed drives to collect numerous points. It was almost a walk in the park for Ritwik in the first game. The second game started rather differently with Reda slowing down the game with beautiful lobs and maintaining his straight and cross court drives which he is now renowned for. Ritwik appeared overconfident and in the process lost focus and made several unforced errors. It was the same story in the 3rd game. However Ritwik came back in the 4th once again with aggressive shots and waited for the opening in the front which he put away brilliantly. The 5th game looked even for a while, but as the match wore on, so did Ritwik and he started making unforced errors off Reda’s beautifully struck straight and cross court shots.An excited Reda gave a ear piercing yell as he clinched the final point and the title. Ritwik who is coming back from a long lay off due to a knee surgery gave a good account of himself.

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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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