Doha Diary 3

Maj Maniam, Cyrus, Saurav, Mr. N. Ramachandran, S. SrivatsanI  am thrilled that India has won a medal for squash at the Asian Games. Four years ago Ritwik was very close to winning a medal when he had stretched Azlan to 5 games. It is unfortunate this time round my boys had to play each other. Ritwik was unlucky not to go thru,  Saurav took his chances well and reaped the reward. Credit for Saurav’s win must go to his parents, the Squash Rackets Federation of India (SRFI) who has supported him over the past few years, the management and coaches of the India Cements Squash Academy who have always stood behind him and Malcolm Willstrop who has worked very closely with Saurav for the past 18 months. Read more of this post

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Asian Games, Doha Squash pre-quarters

BHATTACHARYA Ritwik (IND) vs ALWIS Eranga Nuwan Alwis (SRI) 3 0
WEE Sharon Ee Lin (MAS) vs KUOK Chi Leng Joyce (MAC) 3 0
SAMARASINGHE Navin (SRI) vs KHAN Aamir (PAK) 0 3
AL RAMEZI Ali Bader (KUW) vs NGAN Lun Cheung Roger (HKG) 3 2
CHINAPPA Joshana (IND) vs AHN Eun Tschan (KOR) 3 1
WONG Wai Hang (HKG) vs SUN Kin Peng (MAC) 3 0
KIM Dong Woo (KOR) vs GHOSAL Saurav (IND) 0 3
GURUGE Tehani (SRI) vs MATSUI Chinatsu (JPN) 0 3
ESPINOLA Ricky (PHI) vs ZAMAN Mansoor (PAK) 0 3
WU Zhenzhen (CHN) vs CHIU Wing Yin (HKG) 0 3
ISKANDAR Mohamad Azlan (MAS) vs KIM Sung Young (KOR) 3 0

Asian Games, Doha, Qatar

Howard Harding, Media Manager, WSF: After a short break to celebrate her successful defence of the World Open Squash Championship title in Belfast on Sunday, Malaysian Nicol David must set her sights on reclaiming a major title she does not hold, at the Asian Games in Qatar in December. David and compatriot Mohd Azlan Iskandar have been named as top squash seeds in the sport’s third appearance in the quadrennial Asian Games, in Doha from 10-14 December. Read more of this post

Warid Pakistan Open, Day1

Over the last few weeks Saurav Ghoshal’s matches have been going to the maximum 5 games. Todays match against Joey Barrington went once again to 5 games, with the Englishman winning in the end 10/11(2-0), 11/5, 11/10(2-0), 9/11, 11/5 in 74 minutes. Ritwik lost to Mohammed Abbas of Egypt in straight games 11/6, 11/5, 11/6.

Pakistan’s Aamir Atlas Khan created the upset of the tournament beating Malaysia’s Mohammed Azlan Iskandar 11/4, 11/4, 7/11, 11/6 Read more of this post

New Strait Times: Malaysian prospects for the Asian Games

Malaysians twice failed to sweep two gold medals in the Asian Games since squash was introduced in 1998, but they are unlikely to be denied glory in Doha next month. Nicol David easily won Malaysia’s first squash gold in Bangkok in 1998, but she was shocked by Hong Kong’s Rebecca Chiu in Busan four years later in the final. As for the men, Kenneth Low could only manage a bronze but Ong Beng Hee, who fell in the quarter-finals in Bangkok, justified his seeding to secure the gold in 2002. Read more of this post

Pakistan Open, Islamabad

20-25 November 2006, 1st round:
[1] Amr Shabana (EGY) v Qualifier
[14] Davide Bianchetti (ITA) v Amr Mansi (EGY) Read more of this post

Hong Kong Squash Open 2006 First Round

[9] Karim Darwish (Egy) bt Ritwik Bhattacharya (India)  11/5, 11/4, 10/12, 11/5 (36m) Read more of this post

Cathay Pacific Swiss Privilege Hong Kong Open

Qualifing rounds commence on the 16 and the main event is from 18 to 22 October. First round draws and updated results :

[1] Amr Shabana (EGY) v Wai Hang Wong (HKG)
[14] Olli Tuominen (FIN) v Mohammed Abbas (EGY)
[6] Gregory Gaultier (FRA) v Qualifier
[16] Adrian Grant (ENG) v Qualifier
[4] James Willstrop (ENG) v Alex Gough (WAL)
[11] Mohd Azlan Iskandar (MAS) v Qualifier
[5] Anthony Ricketts (AUS) v Cameron Pilley (AUS) Read more of this post

Al Ahram World Open – Round1

[1] Amr Shabana (Egy) bt [Q] Peter Barker (Eng) 11/7, 5/11, 11/4, 11/6
[2] David Palmer (Aus) bt [Q] Aamir Atlas Khan (Pak) 11/4, 11/3, 11/1
Wael El Hindi (Egy) bt [9] Karim Darwish (Egy) 5/11, 11/3, 11/5, 11/10(2-0)
Mohammed Abbas (Egy) bt [12] Azlan Iskandar (Mas) 11/8, 11/5, 8/11, 11/10(5-3) (69m)
[7] Nick Matthew (Eng) bt Alex Gough (Wal) 11/10(3-1), 11/3, 11/4 (53m)
[14] Olli Tuominen (Fin) bt Shahier Razik (Can) 8/11, 11/9, 5/11, 11/7, 11/10(4-2) (96m)
[10] Lee Beachill (Eng) bt [Q] Borja Golan (Esp) 11/7, 11/5, 11/7 (41m)
[3] Thierry Lincou (Fra) bt [Q] Alister Walker (Eng) 11/4, 7/11, 11/2, 11/6 (96m)
[15] Stewart Boswell (Aus) bt [Q] Hisham Ashour (Egy) 11/9, 11/5, 11/8 (39m)
[11] John White (Sco) bt [Q] Laurens Jan Anjema (Ned) 11/6, 11/6, 7/11, 8/11, 11/8 (68m)
[5] Anthony Ricketts (Aus) bt Omar Mosaad (Egy) 11/7, 11/5, 10/11(1-3), 11/3 (47m)
[16]Adrian Grant (Eng) bt [Q] Davide Bianchetti (Ita) 7/11, 11/8, 11/5, 9/11, 11/5 (63m)
[8] Gregory Gaultier (Fra) bt [Q] Tarek Momen (Egy) 11/6, 11/6, 11/5 (31m)
[6] Peter Nicol (Eng) bt Graham Ryding (Can) 11/4, 5/11, 11/9, 9/11, 11/10(2-0) (73m)
[13] Ong Beng Hee (Mas) bt Cameron Pilley (Aus) 11/5 11/7 11/3 (34m)

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