British Junior Squash Open Day2

Ramit Tandon came up with his best squash in the past few months to defeat Malaysia’s Cheong Kah Wah in an exhilarating 5-game, 65 minutes encounter. This victory is sweet revenge for 14-year old Ramit, who had lost to Cheong in straight games last week in at the Scottish Open and also at the Asian Junior Individual Championship in June 2006.

Losing the first game 6-9, Ramit came back strongly to win the second. Although the game was close Ramit played some blistering nicks on his drops and volley drops, looking very confident and for the first time keeping Wah behind him. Wah regrouped and kept the pressure to win the third in quick time, and Ramit had to pull out all his resources to retrieve Wah’s shots to the front before winning the fourth 9-3. A tense fifth looked on the cards, but Ramit raced to a 6-0 lead and Cheong caved in. The final score was 6-9, 9-7, 1-9, 9-3, 9-1.

Joining Ramit in the top 16, were Ravi Dixit and Aditya Jagtap who defeated England’s Robert Downer 9-4, 9-1, 9-2 and Pakistan’s Arbab Dilawar 9-5, 9-1, 9-6. Cyril Kuhn also had a 5-game victory in the Boys U17 against Egypt’s Omar Magdy Ghanem, winning 7-9, 9-5, 9-2, 7-9, 9-7. Mahesh Mangaonkar beat Jordanian Ahmad Al Saraj  5-9, 9-0, 9-0, 9-5 in the Boys U13.

The only disappointment of the day was Dipika Pallikal losing to Japan’s Misaki Kobayashi in the round of 16. Dipika, playing her second match of the day, looked in terrific form when she won her first two games comprehensively. Her short kills on both flanks were lethal and Misaki had no answer. At 8-6 match ball in the third it looked like it was all over for Misaki who staged a remarkable comeback. Moving Dipika to the front of the court with her boasts and counter drops, she often caught Dipika on the wrong foot. Misaki continued to move Dipika to all corners and had her frustrated as she completed a remarkable 4-9, 4-9, 10-8, 9-1, 9-1 recovery.

The girls under 13 start tomorrow with all five Indian girls playing their opening matches.


Scottish Junior Open

Scottish open squash Indian contingent 2006Every year promising junior squash players all over the world especially from India, Egypt, Malaysia, Pakistan make their way to UK for the British and Scottish Junior Squash Open.  A few years ago, ICL Academy trainees Saurav Ghosal and Joshna Chinappa won the British Open Boys and Girls title, which signaled our emergence as a squash power on the junior circuit. While they have moved into the senior ranks and are currently climbing up the senior ladder, their mantle has been passed on to a number of promising juniors.

Last year at the Scottish Open, Anaka Alankamony won the girls under 13 title while Sachika Balvani (under 13), Surbhi Misra (under 17) and Abhishek Pradhan (under 13) finished as runners up. Click here for this years results Read more of this post

British and Scottish Junior Squash

Over the years our kids have done well at the Scottish and British Open. I expect a few titles and strong finishes from this year’s contingent too.

Powerplaysports British Junior Open, 2-6 Jan 2007, Sheffield
Mahesh  Mangaonkar, Rishi Tandon, Shravan Kaul BU13
Aditya Jagtap, Akshay Deepak, Ravi Dixit,  Ramit Tandon BU15
Cyril Kuhn, Karan Malik, Suneesh Kaul BU17
Anaka Alankamony, Aparajitha Balamurukan, Sachika Balvani, Saumya Karki,  Shria Kathri GU13
Ankita Sharma GU15
Dipika  Pallikal, Surbhi Misra GU17
Scottish Junior Open, 27-30 Dec 2006, Edinburgh
Mahesh Mangaonkar, Rahil Fazelbhoy, Rishi Tandon, Shravan Kaul BU13
Ravi Dixit, Ramit Tandon, Akshay Deepak BU15
Cyril Kuhn, Karan Malik, Suneesh Kaul BU17
Saumya Karki, Aparajitha Balamurukan, Shria Khatri, Anaka Alankamony, Sachika Balvani GU13
Ankita Sharma GU15
Surbhi Misra GU17

Bombay Gymkhana Maharashtra State Open Squash Finals

Gaurav Nandrajog and Mandy Kennedy win HSBC Maharashtra SquashICL Academy’s Gaurav Nandrajog came from behind to beat compatriate Harinderpal Singh 3-2 and win the men event at the HSBC 31st Maharashtra State Open Squash Championships  held at the Bombay Gymkhana, Mumbai. Gaurav beat Harinder 2-9 7-9 10-8 9-0 9-2 in a match lasting over an hour.  Women: Mandy Kennedy (England) bt Shivangi Paranjpe (Mah) 7-9, 9-4, 9-6, 9-4. Boys U-19: Sandeep Jangra (Mah) bt Vikram Malhotra (Mah) 9-1, 9-7, 7-9, 9-4. Boys U-17: Vikram Malhotra (Mah) bt Cyril Kuhn 9-0, 9-2, 9-2. Boys U-15: Aadit Zaveri (Mah) bt Abhishek Pradhan (Mah) 9-0, 9-3, 9-0. Boys U-13: Mahesh Mangaonkar (Mah) bt Shashi Pandey (Jindal) 9-3, 9-1, 9-2. Boys U-11: Raghav Mehrotra (Mah) bt Yohan Pandole (Mah) 9-3, 9-7, 9-5. Girls U-19: Shivangi Paranjpe (Mah) bt Madhura Paranjpe (Mah) 9-1, 9-1, 9-1. Girls U-17: Shaheda Madraswala (Mah) bt Namrata Purohit (Mah) 9-1, 9-7, 9-5. Girls U-15: Ankita Sharma (Mah) bt Soumya Karki (Mah) 6-9, 5-9, 9-6, 9-4, 9-1. Girls U-13: Soumya Karki (Jindal) bt Sachika Balvani (Mah) 9-5, 2-9, 9-6, 10-9. U-9: Rajat Agarwal (Mah) bt Sandeep Paswan (Jindal) 9-6, 9-2, 9-3. Over-35: Manish Chotrani (Mah) bt Jehangir Surti (Mah) 9-0, 9-0, 9-0. Over-45: Chandrakant Pawar (Mah) bt Anant More (Mah ) 9-4, 9-5, 4-9, 10-8. Over-55: Kishanlal Passi (Mah) bt Haresh Melwani (Mah)9-6, 9-1, 9-4. Professionals: Dalip Tripathi bt Mahesh Verma (Mah) 9-1, 9-2, 9-1

Bombay Gymkhana Maharashtra State Open Squash Championship

31st HSBC-Bombay Gymkhana Maharashtra State Open Squash Championship, co-sponsored by Westside and Lee, held at the Bombay Gymkhana

Men: Gaurav Nandrajog (Chennai) bt Manish Chotrani (Mah) 9-4, 9-3, 9-2; Harinderpal Singh (Chennai) bt A. Partibhan (Chennai) 4-9, 9-1, 9-6, 7-9, 9-5
Women: Mandy Kennedy (Eng) bt Madhura Paranjpe (Mah) 9-1, 9-0, 9-7; Shivangi Paranjpe (Mah) bt Rhea Bhandare (Mah) 9-1, 9-3, 9-2 Read more of this post

CCI Indiabulls Western India Squash Championship

Men’s Open: Ritwik Bhattacharya bt Harinderpal Singh (Chennai) 9-5, 9-1, 9-5
Women: Joshna Chinappa (Chennai) bt Shivangi Paranjpe 9-3, 9-3, 9-0
Boys: U-19: Vikram Malhotra bt Sandeep Jangra 10-8, 4-9, 10-9, 5-9, 9-0
U-17: Vikram Malhotra bt Cyril Kuhn (Chennai) 9-5, 9-1, 9-5
U-15: Mahesh Mangaonkar bt Aadit Zaveri 9-4, 2-9, 9-2, 9-4
U-13: Mahesh Mangaonkar bt Caran Arora 9-3, 9-2, 9-3
U-11: Raghav Mehrotra bt Kunj Rawani 9-4, 9-5, 9-6
Girls: U-19: Shivangi Paranjpe bt Sachika Balwani 9-2, 9-1, 9-4
U-15: Ankita Sharma bt Sachika Balwani 9-7, 9-3, 7-9, 9-5
Pro: Sanjay Pawar bt Sachin Jadhav 9-1, 9-0, 9-4
In the semifinal Harinder defeated national finalist Gaurav Nandrajog, 9-3, 3-9, 9-6, 10-8 in a match that lasted one hour and 45 minutes. Ritwik beat Vikas Jangra 9-0, 9-3, 9-2 in the other semi.

Willingdon Little Masters Finals

U-19 final: 1-Sandeep Jangra bt 2-Vikram Malhotra 9-5, 9-1, 9-5
Semifinals: Jangra bt Cyrus Vakil 9-0, 92, 9-0; Malhotra bt Naishad Lalwani 9-1, 9-5, 9-0

U-17 final: 1-Vikram Malhotra bt 3-Cyril Kuhn (TN) 9-6, 9-6, 6-9, 9-6
Semifinals: Kuhn bt 2-Laxman Joshi (Jindal Squash Academy) 9-2, 9-2, 9-2; Malhotra bt Karan Malik (TN) 10-8, 9-6, 9-6

U-15 final: 1-Karan Malik (TN) bt 2 Aadit Zaveri 10-8, 9-0, 9-2
Semifinals: Zaveri bt 3-Mahesh Mangaonkar 9-4, 96, 9-4; Malik (TN) bt Aakash Borwankar 9-0, 9-0, 9-0

U-13: 1-Mahesh Mangaonkar bt 3-Caran Arora 9-1, 9-6, 9-2

U-11: 2-Raghav Mehrotra bt 1-Arjun Kochhar 9-7, 9-1, 9-5

Girls U-19: 1-Shivangi Paranjpe bt 2-Harita Omprakash (TN) 6-9, 10-8, 9-2, 9-5
U-15: 1-Harita Omprakash (TN) bt Dheeya Somaya (Indore) 9-2, 9-5, 9-1.
Boys & girls U-9: Rajat Agarwal bt Sandeep Paswan 9-4, 9-6, 9-1.

Willingdon Little Masters Qtrs & Semis

Quarterfinals – Boys – U-19: 1-Sandeep Jangra bt Kuwarpal Singh 9-3, 9-2, 9-0; Cyrus Vakil bt 4Laxman Joshi (Jindal Squash Academy) 9-2, 9-6, 95; 2-Vikram Malhotra bt Cyril Kuhn (TN) 2-9, 10-8, 9-3, 9-3; Naishad Lalwani bt Fateh Singh (Indore) 9-2, 9-3, 9-1; U-17: 1-Vikram Malhotra bt Akhilesh Nayak 9-2, 9-0, 9-0; 2-Laxman Joshi bt Navin Jangra (JSA) 9-2, 10-9, 9-0; 3-Cyril Kuhn (TN) bt Abhinav Sinha 9-2, 9-5, 9-4; Karan Malik (TN) bt Aditya Gupta 9-0, 9-3, 9-2; U-15: 1-Karan Malik (TN) bt Dhananjay Singh (Indore) 9-1, 9-0, 9-2; Read more of this post

All India Jaipur Club Harish Chandra Golecha Memorial Squash

Ritwik Bhattacharya avenged his defeat in last year’ final by defeating Gaurav Nandrajog 9-1 9-2 9-4. Surabhi Mishra lost to Joshna Chinappa 9-1 9-2 9-4 in the womens final

In the boys’ Under-19 Partha Sharma prevailed against Naresh Kumar 9-5 4-9 9-2 6-9 10-8. The boys’ U-13 title went to Karan Thariyamal who defeated Deepak Mishra 9-0 10-8 9-5, the U-17 title Cyril Kuhn beat Ravi Dixit 9-2 6-9 9-1 10-8. Ravi  had earlier won the under 15 title