Tamil Nadu Dominates Interstate Championship

5th to 8th November, Chennai

Tamil Nadu clinched three of the four titles on offer in the inter-State squash championship.Tamil Nadu upset Maharashtra to lift the Boys U-19 title and then put it across New Delhi in the Girls U-15 and U-19 finals. In a thrilling Boys U-19 decider, Tamil Nadu’s Karan Malik rallied from a two-game deficit to outlast Laxman Joshi in five games. Karan hung on in the face of some lusty hitting by Laxman to clinch the decider 11-6.
 
Finals:

Boys: Under-19: TN bt Maharashtra 2-1
Ravi Dixit lost to Vikram Malhotra 11-6, 11-4, 11-5
Ramit Tandon bt Mahesh Mangaonkar 2-11, 3-11, 0-11
Karan Malik bt Laxman Joshi 7-11, 2-11, 11-4, 11-8, 6-11

3rd/4th place playoff: TN ‘B’ bt New Delhi 2-0
Abhishek Pradhan bt Gunraj Singh 8-11, 2-11, 8-11
Akshay Deepak bt Shakir Hussain 13-11, 6-11, 6-11, 9-11
 
Boys Under-15: New Delhi bt Maharashtra 2-0
Kush Kumar bt Mahesh Mangaonkar 9-11, 7-11, 8-11;
Deepak Mishra bt Rahil Fazelbhoy 12-10, 10-12, 7-11, 11-0, 2-11

3rd/4th place playoff: TN bt Maharashtra ‘B’ 2-1
Vrishab Kotian bt Anuj Bhal 11-6, 11-8, 11-8
Rishi Tandon bt Ishaan Advani 11-6, 12-10, 11-5
Arjun Kochhar bt Sandeep Ramachandran 4-11, 5-11, 8-11
 
Girls U-19: TN bt New Delhi ‘B’ 3-0.
 
Girls U-15: TN bt New Delhi 2-0
Anaka Alankamony bt Sachika Ingale 11-3, 11-9, 11-4
Aparajitha Balamurukan bt Pankhuri Malhotra 11-4, 11-4, 11-1

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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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