Harry & Anwesha reach the quarters

Local girl Anwesha Reddy reaches her first quarterfinal in the $8000 event at the ICL Chennai Open 2008. Anwesha defeated Russian, Irian Assal in four games. Down 1-4 in the first Anwesha started playing aggressively and use her back hand cross court flick to great effect to go up 2 games. Unforced errors from Anwesha saw Irian win the 3rd game 9-3. Anwesha came back strong to win the 4th game in quick time to confirm her berth against Orla Noom. Harita Om Prakash was the only non WISPA member to win her match when she defeated country mate Surbhi Misra in straight games. The other seeds had it easy with the Indian junior girls enjoying their experience at their first WISPA event.

In the men’s event, another ICL academy trainee Harinderpal Singh ranked 143 who came through the qualifications defeated 6th seeded Shamshul Islam Khan from Pakistan in an enthralling 4 games. Harinder’s retrieving was exceptional and troubles Shamshul with his drops. In the final game tie breaker Harinder hit a forehand drive into the nick and won the final point with a fore hand cross court volley also into the nick. Harinder plays the second seed Ritwik in tomorrow’s quarterfinal. All other seeds progressed into the next round. 

1st Round – PSA Main Draw – 3rd July
(1) Saurav Ghosal bt Naresh Kumar 11-5,11-7,13-11(45 min)
(8) Rob Sutherland (WAL) bt (Q) Graeme Wilson (NZL) 11-4,11-6,11-4(21 min)
(3) Ryan Cuskelly (Aus) bt Zac Alexander 12-10, 11-4, 11-4 (34min)
(5) Dick Lau (HK) bt (Q) Parth Sharma 11-7, 11-7,11-7(25 min)
(7) Max Lee bt Gaurav Nandrajog 12-14, 11-8, 11-1, 12-10  (45min)
(4) Mohd. Ali Reda bt James Snell 11-9, 11-7, 11-7 (34min) 
(Q) Harinderpal Sandhu bt (6) Shamshul Islam Khan 12-10, 9-11, 11-1, 13-11 (39min)
(2) Ritwik Bhattacharya bt Ravi Dixit  12-10,11-9,11-1(29 min)

1st Round – WISPA Main Draw – 3rd July
(1) Christine Mak (HKG) bt Shriya Khatri 9-2, 9-3,9-2 (21mins)
(5) Dipika Pallikal bt Swati Muchal 9-0, 9-2, 9-0 (10mins)
(3)Orla Noom(NED) bt Saumya Karki 9-1,7-9,9-3,9-1 (24mins)
(7)  Anwesha Reddy bt Irian Assal(RUS)   9-4, 9-4,3-9,9-1 (25mims)
Harita Om Prakash bt (8) Surbhi Misra 10-8, 9-5, 9-2 (25mins)
(4) Annie Au(HKG) bt Anaka Alankamony 9-4,9-0,9-2 (18mins)
(6) Birgit Coufal (Aut) bt Sachika Balvani 9-4, 9-4, 9-3 (20mins)
(2) Joshna Chinappa bt Aparajitha Balamurukan 9-2, 9-1, 9-0 (10mins)

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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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