Maharashtra State Open, Mumbai (7-11 Oct’11)

Men’s top seed Siddharth Suchde earned his maiden Maharastra State Open crown, while Saumya Karki helped herself to a triple in the 36th Bombay Gymkhana-HSBC Maharashtra State Open Squash Championship. 

Playing his opponent for the first time in competition, India no. 2 Suchde beat second seed Mahesh Mangaonkar 11-3, 11-9, 11-8 in 45 minutes, in a well contested final. After racing ahead in the opening game Suchde, ranked no. 64 in the world, fell behind on three occasions with rare blemishes in the second game as world junior no. 3 Mangaonkar led 9-7. But Suchde’s experience came to the fore when he snatched four points in a row to lead 2-0 and never looked back.

Favourite Saumya Karki won the women’s, girls’ under-19 and girls under-17 titles beating Urvashi Joshi of Jindal Squash Academy in all three finals. Among the juniors, top seed Aryaman Adik beat second seed Dev Vazirani 3-1 in a thriller to clinch the boys under-13 title, while top seed Yohan Pandole of CCI rallied from 0-2 to overcome Kunj Rawani of Country Club in a five-set thriller to win the U-15 title. After beating Aditi Raheja in the Little Masters last week, second seed Abhilasha Bhasin once again upset her arch rival and top seed for the girls’ under-11 crown. Second seed Sanjay Pawar upset top seed Rohit More of CCI for the Professionals title.

Results (All finals):

Men’s Open: 1-Siddharth Suchde bt 2-Mahesh Mangaonkar 11-3, 11-9, 11-8.

Women: 1-Saumya Karki bt Urvashi Joshi (Jindal) 11-5, 11-3, 11-4.

Under-9: 1-Neel Joshi (Otters Club) bt 2-Tanay Punjabi (Otters Club) 11-7, 11-7, 12-10.

Boys U-11: 1-Veer Chotrani (Khar Gym) bt 2-Tushar Sahani (Khar Gym) 11-3, 11-9, 11-9, 11-7.

Boys U-13: 1-Aryaman Adik (Otters Club) bt 2-Dev Vazirani (Otters Club) 11-2, 9-11, 11-9, 11-9.

Boys U-15: 1-Yohan Pandole (CCI) bt Kunj Rawani (Country Club) 12-14, 8-11, 11-7, 12-10, 11-8.

Boys U-17: 1-Abhimanyu Shah (Bombay Gym) bt Arjun Kochhar (CCI) 11-8, 8-11, 11-5, 11-6.

Boys U-19: 1-Mahesh Mangaonkar bt 3-Uttkarsh Kumar (Delhi) 11-5, 11-7, 11-4.

Girls U-11: 2-Abhilasha Bhasin bt 1-Aditi Raheja (Otters Club) 11-8, 7-11, 11-9, 9-11, 11-9.

Girls U-13: 2-Daksha Pathak bt Koel Shankar 11-6, 11-6, 11-3.

Girls U-15: 2-Aishwarya Nambiar bt 1-Aishwarya Bhattacharya 6-11, 11-8, 13-11, 11-2.

Girls U-17: 1-Saumya Karki bt 2-Urvashi Joshi (Jindal) 11-8, 11-6, 11-7.

Girls U-19: 1-Saumya Karki bt Urvashi Joshi (Jindal) 11-6, 11-4, 11-7.

Professionals: 2-Sanjay Pawar (Otters Club) bt 1-Rohit More (CCI) 14-12, 11-9, 11-9

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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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