JSW Indian Circuit #1 (2-6 Sept’15)

JSW Circuit #1Joshana Chinappa (IND) beat Habiba Mohamed (EGY) to become the Women’s NSCI Open champ in a 3-0 match. It wasn’t an easy match for Chinappa.

She took the first game smoothly, trading points with Mohamed throughout the first game but prevailing 11-8. Chinappa fell behind in the second, and at 1-3 Mohamed hit Chinappa in the face in the follow-through of a huge swing. Chinappa recovered from her bloody nose, and resumed play about 10 minutes later. Mohamed racked up a 6-2 lead while Chinappa found her legs again. But at 6-9, the gritty Chinappa started clawing her way back with a few lovely drops and took the game 11-9. The third game saw a conduct warning for coaching to Mohamed at 1-2. After that, the play opened up as both players kept up the pressure. But three key unforced errors by Mohamed helped send the game and match to Chinappa 11-8, 11-9, 11-6 in 47 minutes
“It was good. I think I played well,” Chinappa said after the match. “I was just thinking, ‘I hope I don’t have to not play’ because I was in so much pain. But it only lasted about 10 minutes. Fortunately, I was quite warm and that helped me get back on court faster. It all worked out. The crowd was great. They really helped.”

Adrian Waller (ENG) beat Mahesh Mangaonkar (IND) 3-1 to become the Men’s NSCI Open champion. Waller was in control from the start, particularly in the second game when he gave up only two points to Mangaonkar. In the third game, Mangaonkar came back in the third, playing a tight game in the front court that drew out the errors from Waller and sent the game his way 14-12. But Waller refocused for the fourth, cut out the errors and moved Mangaonkar all over the court to win the match and tournament 11-9, 11-2, 12-14, 11-6 in 61 minutes.

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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