Ciutat de Barcelona Open

# 2 seed Ritwik Bhattacharya  lost to #5 Jesse Engelbrecht (RSA) 11-3, 11-5, 11-10 (4-2) in the semi final. These are his scores in the previous rounds : Ritwik bt [8] Campbell Grayson (NZL) 11-5, 11-9, 10-11 (1-3), 11-8; Ritwik bt [Q] Joan Lezaud (FRA) 9-11, 11-8, 11-10 (3-1), 6-11, 11-1


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).

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)

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.

Heliopolis Rotary Open, Cairo

1st Round: [3] Mohammed Abbas (Egy) bt Saurav Ghosal 11/6, 11/8, 8/11, 11/8 (37m)

Saurav Ghosal wins ICL Chennai Open

#1 Saurav Ghosal (IND) bt #2 Wai Hang Wong (HKG) 11-3,11-2,11-3 (21m)

Delighted with his second PSA victory, the national champion said, “I dedicate my success to my coaches Cyrus Poncha and Major Maniam.” He added that the Squash Academy was “a great source of encouragement to players like me. I wish to win more and more such titles to bring India the academy to the forefront of squash.”

5th ICL Chennai Open: Semis

#2 Wai Hang Wong (HKG) bt #3Dick Lau (HKG) 7-11, 11-4, 11-9, 9-11, 11-6 (45m)
#1 Saurav Ghosal bt #5 Muhammed El Shorbagy (EGY) 11-9, 12-10, 12-10 (31m)

5th ICL Chennai Open: Quarters

Top seed Saurav Ghoshal sailed smoothly as expected, and won a 35 minutes four setter against Naresh Kumar. Parth Sharma who inspite of his lead in the first set, could not sustain the performance and lost to Dick Lau(world #117). Gaurav Nandrajog displayed racquets skills but failed to make an impact against # 2 seed Wai Hang Wong of Hongkong. Like Parth, Gaurav lead in the first set but Wai Hong Wong took over soon. Egyptian player Muhammed El Shorbagy beat Niel Hitchens of England and goined the others in the semi finals.

Saurav Ghosal (IND) bt Naresh Kumar (IND)11-5; 5-11; 11-4;11-6 ; 35 min; Muhammed El Shorbagy (EGY) bt Niel Hitchens (ENG) 9-11;11-5; 11-9;11-13;11-4; 52 min; Dick Lau (HKG) bt Parth Sharma (IND)5-11; 11-5; 11-4; 12-10; 38 min; Wai Hang Wong (HKG) bt Gaurav Nandrajog (IND) 5-11; 11-9; 11-5; 11-7; 33 min

NSC Satellite #2 2007

Qtrs: [1] Mohd. AA Reda bt Harinder Pal Sandhu 12/10,13/11,11/7 (40m)
Rd 1:[3] Delia Arnold (Mas) bt Surbhi Misra 9/6,9/1,9/3 (20m)
[6] Siti Munirah Jusoh (MAS) bt Anwesha Reddy 9-3,9-5,5-9,9-3 (32m)
[8] Harinder Pal Sandhu bt Parth Sharma 11/2,11/7,11/8 (27m)
[3] Nafzahizam Adnan (Mas) bt Naresh Kumar 19/17,11/1,11/3 (27m)

May WISPA/ PSA Squash rankings

41 Joshna Chinappa
91 Dipika Pallikal
139 Surbhi Misra, Anwesha Reddy

43 Saurav Ghosal
50 Ritwik Bhattacharya
197 Gaurav Nandrajog
204 Naresh Kumar
208 Harinder Pal Sandhu, Parthiban Ayappan
228 Siddharth Suchde
269 Parth Sharma