Doubles will be our focus for CWG

Indian squash is on an all-time high with as many as eight players in the top-100 of world rankings and national coach Cyrus Poncha feels the time is right for his talented wards to push for medals in the Delhi Commonwealth Games.

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Joshna & Dipika win International Doubles Event, Manchester (29-31 Mar’10)

Joshana Chinappa and Dipika Pallikal won the International Manchester Doubles title defeating higher ranked teams from England and Australia.
The Indian contingent compriseed of Saurav Ghosal, Siddharth Suchde, Harinder Pal Singh, Ritwik Bhattacharya, Gaurav Nandrajog, Sandeep Jangra, Joshana and Dipika along with Major S. Maniam Read more of this post

Indian team heading for Manchester, 29-31 March 2010

As countries prepare for the Delhi Commonwealth Games 2010, on March 29th – 31st a series of squash doubles matches will be taking place at the National Squash Centre in Manchester in preparation for the Commonwealth Games in Delhi.

The Indian contingent comprising Saurav Ghosal, Siddharth Suchde, Harinder Pal Singh, Ritwik Bhattacharya, Gaurav Nandrajog, Sandeep Jangra, Joshana Chinappa & Dipika Pallikal will be using the event to get some vital preparation before Delhi Commenwealth Games.

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56th ICL senior National squash championship: Semis

Men: Saurav Ghosal bt Harrinder Pal Singh 11-8, 11-4, 14-12; Siddharth Suchde bt Ritwik Bhattacharya 11-6, 7-11, 11-8, 11-4.

Pro: A. Prathiban bt Rohit More 11-2, 11-7, 11-3; B. Bala Murugan bt Dalip Tripathi 11-7, 11-8, 11-7.

Women: Joshna Chinappa bt Anaka Alankamony 11-7, 11-6, 11-5; Dipika Pallikal bt Anwesha Reddy 11-6, 11-7, 11-8.

TNSRA closed circuit squash – 6

Gaurav Nandrajog defeated Harinder Pal Singh to collect his third title on the trot in the TNSRA closed circuit squash event. Having won the fourth and fifth circuits earlier, Gaurav, a trainee at the ICL Academy, as is Harinder won in four games (11-7, 11-9, 9-11, 11-7) to take the sixth and final event in this circuit. Barring those brief mid-contest moments game where from a 9-9 position he won the second game before dropping the third, Gaurav never needed to fight hard and needed just 48 minutes to earn the victory.

TNSRA closed circuit squash

Gaurav Nandrajog picked up his second title in a row when he edged Harinder Pal Singh in five gruelling games on Saturday in the TNSRA closed circuit squash tournament.Gaurav won 5-11, 11-10 (2-0), 10-11 (0-2), 11-10 (6-4), 11-9, the match lasting 73 minutes. It was a tight contest and not until the final point was played was the victor clear. Harinder twice faltered at the threshold. First time he was on game ball in the second game. Then he spurned a ‘match ball’ moment in the fourth game. Gaurav showed his fighting qualities and steely nerves to claw back. The final game was also close but Gaurav was able to ensure victory. The sixth circuit in this TNSRA series will be played next week.

Semifinals: Harinder bt A. Parthiban 11-6, 11-7, 11-8; Gaurav bt Naresh Kumar 10-11 (1-3), 9-11, 11-2, 11-2, 11-10 (3-1).

Indian Express article on Harinder

This Harry wants to stop pottering around, now that his tricks have started to click. Chandigarh boy Harinder Pal Singh has no spells or charms to boast of, but the 18-year-old squash player currently figuring in India’s Top 5, and riding on a string of appearances in various finals on the national circuit, insists he’ll make do with his armoury of short-kills and high pace on the courts.Harinder made the recent finals at Otters Club in the city, taking a game off the immensely talented Siddharth Suchde before losing advantage and the title to his senior pro. But, nearing graduation from his own Hogwarts – the state-of-the-art ICL academy at Chennai, this teen from Chandigarh is aiming at bigger success in PSAs. A move down south five years ago from his laidback life in Punjab, is paying its first dividends with Harinder reaching a semifinal of a PSA event in Malaysia recently.

“It’s been a good year, though I’ve fallen ill frequently. But I got a few good results in the Junior Nationals and even in the men’s category at the senior nationals,” said Harinder, when in Mumbai for the Otters event. An aggressive player – with superior fitness – Harinder is known for his high-paced game. “Though I can improve my game, when opponents alter their pace,” he admits.

“He has notched some good wins when playing the international events,” said coach Cyrus Poncha, who has watched the Sardar develop from a diffident youngster to an assured performer on the courts. “He needs a good mixture between aggression and defense,” Poncha added. “My goal is to be in Top 100 as quickly as possible,” Harinder concluded.

5th ICL Chennai Open, 1st Round

ICL Academy’s Harinderpal Singh Sandhu avenged his defeat of Sunday at the 1st SPA Classic (a national event) when he defeated country mate Siddharth Suchde in a thrilling 5 set encounter. Exceptional retrieving from both players was the order of the day with Harinder coming from 4-7 down in the fifth with 3 amazing forehand kills from behind to win his first match against Siddharth.
An erratic Naresh made it into the Quarterfinals defeating qualifier Hitham Ashoush also in 5 games. Egyptians, Omar Tarek and Mohd Sayed created the upsets of the day defeating Jonas Laursen and Parth Sharma respectively. Top seeded Ritwik playing his first match in a few months convincingly defeated Gaurav is straight games.
[1] Ritwik Bhattacharya (IND) bt Gaurav Nandrajog (IND) 11-6, 11-4, 11-8 (28m)

[Q] Mohd Sayed Mahmoud Aly (EGY) bt [7] Parth Sharma (IND) 11-3, 11-8, 3-11, 9-11, 11-7(40m)

[3] Dick Lau (HKG) bt Karim AGA Samy (EGY) 11- 6 , 11- 8 , 11- 6 ( 32m)

Omar Tarek Mahm Aly (EGY) bt [8] Jonas Laursen (DEN) 11- 4 , 11- 9, 11- 7 (20m)

[5] Naresh Kumar (IND) bt [Q] Hitham Ashoush (EGY) 11-3, 8-11, 11-4, 5-11, 11-2 (43m)

[4] Harinder Pal Sandhu (IND) bt Siddharth Suchde (IND) 11-2, 4-11, 11-7, 3-11, 11-9 (51m)

[6] Parthiban Ayappan (IND) bt [Q] Akshay Deepak (IND) 11-5, 11-4, 11-3 (12m)

[2] Mohd Ali Anwar Reda (EGY) bt [Q] Andrew Wagih Shoukry (EGY) 11- 6, 11- 5, 11- 10(3 -1) ( 30m)

SPA Squash Championship, Finals

Men: Siddharth Suchde (Mum) bt Harinderpal Singh (Che) 9-11, 11-5, 11-8, 11-6

Professionals: B. Balamurugan (Che) bt Sachin Jadhav 11-7, 11-7, 11-4

ICL Chennai Open PSA Squash

Ritwik Bhattacharya has been given the pride of place in seedings for the fifth ICL Chennai Open PSA Squash tournament to be held in Channai from Aug 15 to 18.
Four qualifiers, along with 12 players would make the main draw of 16 and the cut off range from 61 to 273 with Parth, Harinder, Gaurav, Siddharth, Parthiban and Naresh directly seeded in the main draw.  Mohd. Ali Anwar Reda (ranked 61), Dick Lau (HK-118), Jonas Laursen (Den-206), Omar Tarek Mahm Aly (Egy-249) and Karim A.G.A.Samy (Egy-273) would provide foreign flavour to the tournament.