World Men’s Team (21-27 Aug ’11) – India finish 8th

The 2011 WSF Men’s World Squash Championship, the 23rd staging of the biennial event first held in 1967, was being staged in Germany from 21-27 August 2011. The event, featuring a record 32 nations and more than 120 athletes, was played at the 10-court Paderborn Squash Club. The club is based at the Ahorn-Sportpark, which is also the national centre for seven German sports.

The Indian team comprising Saurav Ghosal, Siddharth Suchde, Harinderpal Singh Sandhu and Mahesh Mangaonkar finished in a creditable 8th position equaling India’s best performance of 2007 when the event was held in Chennai.

Although seeded sixth, it was observed that all teams seeded 5-16 had equal strength. Competition was fierce and after winning all matches in the pool stage, the Indian team defeated Denmark in the round of 16 to confirm its place in the top 8.

In the quarterfinal Saurav played well to stretch world no. 12 David Palmer to four games. Siddharth Suchde was unable to win a game against Cameron Pilley.

For the 5-8 play off, India lost in the deciding tie to Italy. The more experienced Amr Swelim defeated Harinder in a tense 5 games to. Siddharth lost the first match to Marcus Berrett and Saurav then leveled the tie against Davide Bianchetti.

For the 7th position an unwell Saurav lost a crucial match and Mahesh was unable to take the match into the deciding tie.

Overall a creditable performance by the Indians finishing 2nd from the Asian countries.

Final positions of Asian countries – Malaysia 5th, India 8th, HK 11th, Kuwait 19th, Pakistan 22nd, Korea 28th.

The Indian detailed results:

 

7th place play-off:

[8] USA bt [6] INDIA 2/0

Julian Illingworth bt Saurav Ghosal 11-9, 2-11, 13-11, 11-7 (50m)

Todd Harrity bt Mahesh Mangaonkar 6-11, 11-5, 7-11, 11-2, 11-5 (51m)

Christopher Gordon v Harinder Pal Sandhu

 

5th – 8th place play-offs:

[9] ITALY bt [6] INDIA 2/1

Marcus Berrett bt Siddharth Suchde 11-5, 6-11, 11-4, 11-0 (40m)

Davide Bianchetti lost to Saurav Ghosal 5-11, 11-6, 7-11, 3-11 (51m)

Amr Ramsy Swelim bt Harinder Pal Sandhu 11-9, 8-11, 11-4, 5-11, 11-8 (72m)

 

Quarter-finals:

[4] AUSTRALIA bt [6] INDIA 2/0

David Palmer bt Saurav Ghosal 7-11, 11-8, 11-4, 11-6 (51m)

Cameron Pilley bt Siddharth Suchde 11-9, 11-8, 11-4 (50m)

Stewart Boswell v Harinder Pal Sandhu

 

Last sixteen round:

[6] INDIA bt [17/24] DENMARK 2/0

Harinder Pal Sandhu bt Morten W Sorensen 11-6, 11-1, 11-8 (29m)

Saurav Ghosal bt Kristian Frost Olesen 11-6, 11-5, 9-11, 11-9 (66m)

Siddharth Suchde v Rasmus Nielsen

 

Pool F

[6] INDIA bt [25/32] HUNGARY 3/0

Siddharth Suchde bt Sandor Fulop 11-6, 11-5, 11-9 (30m)

Saurav Ghosal bt Marton Szaboky 11-6, 11-4, 11-3 (28m)

Mahesh Mangaonkar bt Peter Hoffman 11-5, 11-4, 11-9 (25m)

 

[6] INDIA bt [17/24] KUWAIT

Saurav Ghosal bt Abdullah Al Muzayen 7-11, 11-9, 11-1, 11-6 (39m)

Siddharth Suchde bt Ammar Al-Tamimi 11-4, 11-4, 11-5 (30m)

Harinder Pal Sandhu bt Ali Bader Al-Ramzi 11-8, 11-5, 11-5 (24m)

 

[6] INDIA bt [11] SOUTH AFRICA 3/0

Siddharth Suchde bt Shaun le Roux 7-11, 11-6, 8-11, 11-1, 11-6 (80m)

Harinder Pal Sandhu bt Clinton Leeuw 12-10, 9-11, 6-11, 11-9, 11-8 (83m)

Saurav Ghosal bt Stephen Coppinger 11-5, 11-3, 11-4 (28m)

 

Final positions: 1 India, 2 South Africa, 3 Kuwait, 4 Hungary

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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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