60th National Championships 2012 (18-23 Dec’12)

Saurav Ghosal defended his eighth National title — last seven in-a-row — with a hard-fought victory over second seed Harinder Pal Sandhu while Joshana Chinappa bagged her 11th national title crown, defeating Anaka Alankamony.

It took a little over 20 minutes for the top seed Ghosal to tame a fighting Sandhu. The scoreline of 11-5, 11-4, 11-3 not only misled the intensity of the contest but also the spirit the two ‘best friends’ displayed on the court. Ghosal’s experience and superior overall game ensured the world no. 21 won in staring games.

Joshana powered her way to winning yet another national title. Having won her first national title at the age of 14 Joshana inched closer to equal Ms. B. Kumari’s record of 16 titles.

Anaka the 18-year-old second seed tried hard to match a faster and more experienced opponent only to find the victory eluding her in her third final of her career.

Mens

Final:

Saurav Ghosal (TN) bt Harinder Pal Sandhu (TN) 11-5, 11-4, 11-3.

Semi-finals:

[1] Saurav Ghosal bt [3/4] Ravi Dixit        11-9, 11-4, 11-7

[2] Harinder Pal Sandhu bt [3/4] Mahesh Mangaonkar           11-5, 8-11, 7-11, 11-6, 11-7

Quarter-finals:

[1] Saurav Ghosal bt [5/8] Gaurav Nandrajog     11-6, 11-6, 11-7 (28m)

[3/4] Ravi Dixit bt [5/8] Vikas Jangra        9-11, 11-6, 11-2, 11-7 (40m)

[3/4] Mahesh Mangaonkar bt [5/8] Abhinav Sinha       11-3, 11-6, 11-3

[2] Harinder Pal Sandhu bt [5/8] Sandeep Jangra          12-10, 11-9, 11-13, 11-9 (37m)

 

Women’s

Final:

Joshna Chinappa (TN) bt Anaka Alankamony (TN) 11-7, 11-4, 11-8.

Semi-finals:

[1] Joshana Chinappa bt [3/4] Vrishrutyi Sahni 11-8, 11-1, 11-1

[2] Anaka Alankamony bt [3/4] Sachika Ingale   11-3, 11-3, 5-11, 12-10

Quarter-finals:

[1] Joshana Chinappa    bye

[3/4] Vrishrutyi Sahni bt Janet Vidhi         7-11, 11-9, 5-11, 13-11, 14-12

[3/4] Sachika Ingale bt Aishwarya Bhattacharya           11-4, 11-7, 11-4

[2] Anaka Alankamony bt Tamanna          11-0, 11-0, 11-2

 

Over 35

Final

Saurabh Nayar (2), Chd, def. Vikas Nayar (1), Chd, 11-7 2-11 11-7 11-9 .

SF

Vikas Nayar (1), Chd, def. Jaytirth Asundi (3/4), KTK, 11-8 11-7 11-6 .

Saurabh Nayar (2), Chd, def. Hemant Nadkarni (3/4), Mah, 8-11 11-7 11-5 7-11 12-10 .

 

Over 40

Final

Manish Chotrani (1), Mah, def. Dalip Tripathi (2), WB, 12-14 7-11 13-11 11-8 13-11 .

SF

Manish Chotrani (1), Mah, def. Parth Sethia, WB, 6-11 11-6 11-9 11-5 .

Dalip Tripathi (2), WB, def. Anil Bhagat (3/4), Delhi, 11-8 8-11 11-5 11-8 .

 

Over 45

Final

Kavi Seth (3/4), WB, def. Rohit Thawani (1), Mah, 11-6 11-3 11-2 .

SF

Rohit Thawani (1), Mah, def. Deepak Moolani (3/4), Mah, 6-11 11-6 11-5 11-7 .

Kavi Seth (3/4), WB, def. Mohanish Sawant (2), Mah, 11-7 8-11 11-6 11-

 

Over 50

Final

Vikram Singh (3/4), Chd, def. Vijay Jaini (2), Haryana, 11-8 6-11 7-11 12-10 11-7 .

SF

Vikram Singh (3/4), Chd, def. O’Neil Pramanik (1), WB, 6-11 11-6 7-11 11-7 11-7 .

Vijay Jaini (2), Haryana, def. Sanjay Jalan (3/4), WB, 11-6 11-3 11-1 .

 

Over 55

Final

Swagat Bam (3/4), Delhi, def. V Laxman (3/4), TN, 11-4 11-6 4-11 11-4 .

SF

V Laxman (3/4), TN, def. Lalit Agnihotri (1), Mah, 13-11 11-6 11-8 .

Swagat Bam (3/4), Delhi, def. Bharatinder Singh (2), Delhi, 11-7 8-11 11-

 

Pro

Final

A Parthiban (1), TN, def. Paramit Singh (2), Del, 8-11 11-6 11-5 11-3

SF

A Parthiban (1), TN, def. Sanjay Pawar (3/4), Mah, 11-3 11-7 11-6 .

Paramit Singh (2), Del, def. B Balamurugan (3/4), TN, 9-11 11-9 12-10 11

 

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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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