TNSRA closed circuit squash

Gaurav Nandrajog picked up his second title in a row when he edged Harinder Pal Singh in five gruelling games on Saturday in the TNSRA closed circuit squash tournament.Gaurav won 5-11, 11-10 (2-0), 10-11 (0-2), 11-10 (6-4), 11-9, the match lasting 73 minutes. It was a tight contest and not until the final point was played was the victor clear. Harinder twice faltered at the threshold. First time he was on game ball in the second game. Then he spurned a ‘match ball’ moment in the fourth game. Gaurav showed his fighting qualities and steely nerves to claw back. The final game was also close but Gaurav was able to ensure victory. The sixth circuit in this TNSRA series will be played next week.

Semifinals: Harinder bt A. Parthiban 11-6, 11-7, 11-8; Gaurav bt Naresh Kumar 10-11 (1-3), 9-11, 11-2, 11-2, 11-10 (3-1).


Dunlop British Open, Final

[3] Rachael Grinham (Aus) bt [1] Nicol David (Mas)7/9, 4/9, 9/3, 10/8, 9/1 (87m)
[3] Gregory Gaultier (Fra) bt [4] Thierry Lincou (Fra) 11/4, 10/12, 11/6, 11/3 (63m)

India beat Pakistan by 5 runs to win ICC World Twenty20

India 157/5 (20/20 ov) Gambhir 75, Rohit Sharma 30*; Pakistan 152 (19.3/20 ov) RP Singh 3/26, Irfan 3/16
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Dunlop British Open

Saurav Ghosal was the only Indian to make the main draw, Ritwik Bhattacharya and Joshna Chinappa lost in the qualifiers. Saurav  however lost to #8 seed Stewart Boswell in straight games.

Chinese delegation visits ICL Squash Academy

As host of the 2010 Asian Games in Guangzhou, China has begun its preparatory work in the right earnest. A reflection of this was seen in the keenness shown in viewing and studying the squash facility in the city by a 12-member delegation from the Guangzhou Asian Games Organising Committee (GAGOC) on Monday. “We are here basically to start a dialogue with the Asian Squash Federation (ASF) with regard to the technical expertise and assistance for the successful conduct of the squash event in the Asian Games,” the delegation head, Liang Yong, Deputy Director, Venues and Overlays Department of the GAGOC, said through an interpreter.
After an hour long meeting with the ASF officials – N. Ramachandran, President, Srivatsan Subramaniam, Secretary General and Maj. S. Maniam, Director (Coaching) – the delegation seemed satisfied and apparently impressed with the way the federation was functioning, as was seen from Yong’s remarks on their discussions. Ramachandran said the visitors had made detailed enquiries on the rules, the team composition and about the courts apart from seeking inputs for the conduct of the competition.

Joining the discussions from the SRFI were Rajiv Reddy and Ganapathy Subramaniam. Yong said that Chennai was the second stop for the delegation after New Delhi where they had gone to procure information on matters relating to kabaddi. “Our aim is to visit the various Asian federations in disciplines that will have competition in Guangzhou,” he said. “From Chennai, we are flying to UAE to meet the President of the Asian Chess Federation based in the Emirates (Al Ain),” he said. The delegation spent a good time at the ICL Academy Courts viewing the various facilities and also making enquiries about all of them. Ramachandran said that at the 2010 Asian Games squash would have team competition also in addition to open events.

PSA /WISPA August rankings

46 Saurav Ghosal
68 Ritwik Bhattacharya
143 Harinder Pal Sandhu
147 Naresh Kumar
170 Parth Sharma
190 Parthiban Ayappan
212 Gaurav Nandrajog
343 Siddharth Suchde

40 Joshna Chinappa
69 Dipika Pallikal
146 Anwesha Reddy, Surbhi Misra