Suchde win’s maiden PSA event

Siddharth Suchde has clinched his maiden Professional Squash Association (PSA) Tour title in style, upsetting two higher-seeded players on way to victory at the Regions Racquet Club Pro Squash Series.The eighth seeded Mumbai-born Suchde, who turns 23 on Jan 20, took just 50 minutes to defeat unseeded Cesar Salazar of Mexico 11-9, 11-6, 11-4 in the final at the Racquet Club here.

On his way to the final, Suchde had defeated qualifier Joe Millman of England 11-1, 11-4, 11-4; fourth seed Ian Power of Canada 11-7, 11-7, 11-5 in 40 minutes in the quarter-final; and top seed Tony James of Australia 11-7, 11-8, 11-9 in the semi-final in 55 minutes.In the final, 20-year-old Salazar was no match for Suchde as the former US Inter-Collegiate champion won his first PSA title since joining the association almost four years ago.

The six-foot tall Suchde turned professional last year. He was part of the Indian team at the World Team Championships in 2005 & 2007 and the Asian Senior Championships a year earlier, and has also represented Harvard University.


Dipika win’s British Junior

It was ‘fifth time lucky’ and ‘fifth time unlucky’ in the climax of the Women’s U17 event.  On course for her fifth British Junior Open title in a row, top-seeded Egyptian Heba El Torky crashed out 9-6, 5-9, 9-6, 1-9, 9-5 to India’s Dipika Pallikal. 

Dipika is only the second girl to win this championship after Joshana Chinappa.