National Championship 2016 (12-18 Jul), Mumbai

Nationals 2016 winners.jpgDipika Pallikal dethroned 14 time champion Joshna Chinappa to regain the women’s national title for the second time at the Otters 73rd National Squash Championship held in Mumbai. Dipika, who was playing in the nationals after a five-year gap when she won in 2011, made it to the tops once again by beating arch-rival Joshna 4-11, 11-6, 11-2, 11-8 in 43 minutes.

The men’s crown was captured by title holder and top seed Saurav Ghosal, who created history by winning it for the 11th time, defeating fourth seed Harinderpal Singh Sandhu in five hard-fought games.

Ghosal beat Sandhu 11-7, 7-11, 3-11, 11-8, 14-12 after an 88-minute battle to go past RK Narpat Singh’s feat of 10 titles, won from 1946 to 1955.

“We have played five national finals. We played well right through. There was very little to separate us. It’s hardest to play Harinder Pal. It was one of the most enjoyable and high quality matches I have played,” said Ghosal after his triumph.

It was also his second successive five-game match after having got past third seed Vikram Malhotra in the semi-finals.

Results

Finals:

Semifinals:

Men:

  • Harinder Pal Singh Sandhu bt Mahesh Mangaokar 6-11, 13-11, 6-11, 11-8, 11-8;
  • Saurav Ghosal bt Vikram Malhotra 11-6, 5-11, 11-9, 11-9.

Women:

  • Joshna Chinappa bt Akanksha Salunkhe 11-6, 11-2, 11-4;
  • Dipika Pallikal bt Sachika Ingale 11-5, 11-1, 11-4.

Quarterfinals :

Men :

  • Saurav Ghosal bt Vijay Kumar 11-8,11-2,11-6;
  • Vikram Malhotra bt Kush Kumar 11-5, 8-11,10-12,11-9,11-7;
  • Harinder Pal Singh Sandhu bt Ravi Dixit 11-6,11-7,11-3;
  • Mahesh Mangaonkar bt Velavan Senthilkumar 11-4,11-6,11-6.

Women :

  • Joshana Chinappa bt Jui Kalgutkar 11-5 11-6 11-4;
  • Akanksha Salunkhe bt Urwashi Joshi 12-10 11-9 11-5;
  • Sachika Ingale bt Adya Advani 11-5,11-4,11-8;
  • Dipika Pallikal Karthik bt Lakshya Ragavendran 11-3 11-4 11-4;

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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