British Junior Squash Open Day4

Two Indian girls entered the semis of the under 13 event. Anaka Alankamony played the match of her life to overcome Egypt’s Kanzy El Dafrawy in a five-game thriller. Losing the first, the second was neck and neck all the way with Kanzy piping Anaka 10-9. From there on Anaka turned the tables, playing flawless squash dominated the next 3 games and entered the the semi-finals. A quarterfinalist in last year’s edition, Anaka has shown improvement and has gone at least one better this time. Tomorrow morning she plays another Egyptian, top seeded Nour El Sherbeny. Anaka bt Kanzy El Dafrawy {Egypt} 2-9, 9-10, 9-7, 9-2, 9-3 {45m}

In an all Indian quarterfinal, Saumya Kakri entered the semi finals, defeating Sachika Balvani in straight games, and tomorrow plays Egypt’ Salma Esmat. Saumya bt Sachika 9-6, 9-6, 10-9 {37m}.


Mahesh Mangaokar, Ravi Dixit win Scottish Squash Jr Open

Ravi Dixit had another 80-odd minute battle before he could claim his maiden European title here in Edinburgh at the Heriot–Watt University Squash Centre. Ravi played flawless squash against Malaysia’s Cheong Kah Wah in the first two games to win both comfortably. The third was a much closer affair with both players hitting very tight length and picking up all shots exceedingly well. Ravi served for the match twice at 8-6 but was unable to convert as Wah took it 10-8.
The Malaysian came out strong in the fourth, hitting some brilliant winners and rushed to an 8-1 lead in a single hand. Ravi managed to claw six points back with some effective short kills but ultimately lost the game. The fifth was a very close tussle with both players going neck and neck, Ravi seemed to be fitter but Wah ran down everything. At 6-6, Ravi hit a back hand drop into the nick and a forehand drive clinger on the next rally to earn another match point, 8-6.  Wah came back with an amazing volley nick, but Ravi managed to pull it back again and won it this time with a forehand drive the Malaysian couldn’t return.
This maiden international victory was very special for National Champion Ravi, who shifted his base from Dhampur to the ICL Squash Academy in Chennai a year ago. “I have trained so hard to win an international event and I have done it!!’ He thanked the SRFI, his coaches at the ICL Academy and the Delhi Squash Association for all their support and effort and though exhausted, promised to give it his best at the British Junior starting on 2nd January.
There was more joy for the Indian contingent  as top seeded Mahesh Mangaonkar lifted the Boys U13 crown. Mahesh used all his experience to win the first game from 7-5 down. 11 year old American Dylan Murray ran for every ball, putting a lot of pressure of Mahesh, and played his heart out in the third, forcing Mahesh to make many unforced errors. Another close game in the fourth but Mahesh stepped on the pace and won it 9-7 to claim his sixth international junior title.

Saumya Karki was unable to make it a hat trick for the Indians, her Egyptian opponent Manat Allah Naser was very consistent and played well to defeat Saumya in straight games. Aparajitha Balamurukan defeated Sachika Balvani in straight games to win the all-Indian Girls U13 3rd/4th playoff. Read more of this post

Ravi, Mahesh & Saumya in Scottish Final

Ravi Dixit playing his first European event reached ,the finals at the Scottish Junior Open played at the Heriot – Watt University in Edinburgh in a dramatic 5-game tussle. Down two games he came up trumps by sheer grit in his match against Mexico’s Milles Zarazua R which lasted well over an hour. Ravi played some outstanding drops throughout the match which were retrieved by his opponent, but Ravi proved the fitter and won the deciding game. Earlier in the day Ravi defeated Allaa Radwan of Egypt 10-9, 9-1, 9-1 in 25 minutes.
Top seeded Mahesh charged into the final of the Boys U13. In his semi final encounter he defeated Joshua Sekhar of Canada 9-3, 9-2, 10-8 in 30 minutes. Having reached the finals two years ago in the under 11 category Mahesh will play Dylan Murray of the USA, which will certainly be a close encounter
Saumya Karki defeated country mate Aparajitha Balamurukan to enter the Girls U13 final. Read more of this post

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

Otters Open – Final

Men’s Open: Harinder Pal Singh Sandhu (Chennai) bt Vikas Jangra (Mah) 9-7, 9-6, 9-0.
BU-19: Vikram Malhotra (Mah) bt Parth Sharma (Chennai) 3-9, 9-2, 3-9, 9-3, 9-1.
BU-17: Vikram Malhotra (Mah) bt Laxman Joshi (Mah) 9-3, 9-0, 9-0.
BU-15: Ravi Dixit (Chennai) bt Aditya Jagtap (Mah) 10-9, 6-9, 9-10, 9-4, 9-3.
BU-13: Mahesh Mangaokar (Mah) bt Abhishek Pardhan (Mah) 9-6, 9-2, 9-10, 9-3.
BU-11: Kush Kumar (Del) bt Arjun Kochhar (Mah) 9-4, 9-4, 9-4.
Women’s Open: Mandy Kennedy (England) bt Alisha Mashruwala (Mah) 9-5, 9-0, 9-7.
GU-17: Surbhi Mishra (Raj) bt Shivangi Paranjpe (Mah) 9-7, 9-7, 9-5.
GU-13: Saumya Karki bt Sachika Balwani 9-7, 10-9, 9-5.
Men Over-35: Rohit Thawani w/o Deepak Kochhar.
Men Over-45: Vaman Apte bt Deepak Kochhar 6-9, 9-3, 4-9, 9-3, 9-3.
Pro: B. Balamurgan (Chennai) bt Rohit More (Mah) 9-2, 9-6, 9-0.

Otters Open -Day3

The Union Jack was flying high as Mandy Kennedy of England was the unlikely toast of the day when she shocked women’s top seed and India No. 4, 17-year-old Surbhi Misra of Rajasthan 3-0 to set the ball rolling for another day of upsets, in the Otters Open, concurrently being held with the PSA Open.

At 38, Mandy is a mother of two, but there was no sign of the aging aunt while demolishing an opponent less than half her age 9-1, 9-6, 9-7 to storm into the semi-finals. “I love playing squash. My husband is here in Mumbai on a transfer and he informed me of the Otters Open. I was delighted to enter a competition and this win is a huge bonus,” revealed an excited Mandy. Mandy’s stunning effort overshadowed unseeded Rishad Pandole’s upset 10-8, 9-4, 9-6 win over second seed Manish Chotrani in a tight Men’s Open contest to reach the semi-finals. Read more of this post

Dipika wins in Germany

The German Junior Open was held at Gerlingen near Stuttgart in Germany. India finished with 2 winners –  Chennai’s Dipika Pallikal outplayed her opponents to win the Under15 title. This is the 3rd time Dipika has clinched the German title

12 year old Mahesh Mangaonkar won his maiden European title when he won the Under 13 title. Mahesh stay and trains in Bombay.

Chennai also  had 2 runners up trophies,  Ramit Tandon in the Under15 Boys category and B.Aparajitha in the Under 13 girls category. Ramit is from Kolkata but has been training in Chennai since Feb. In the B Tournament, Bombay’s Aditya Jagtap won Under15 category while Chennai’s Cyril Kuhn was the Under17 runner up. DNA Article   Squashsite page on the Open in French Read more of this post

2004 Jr National Championships Results

Junior Nationals, Ajmer  

Bu 11 1 Mahesh Mangoankar Mah
 2 Tarun Nambiar Mah
 SF Caran Arora Mah
 SF Karan Tharyamal Raj
 QF Dhananjay Singh MP
 QF Anirudh Nambiar Mah
 QF Sumaer Sandhu CDG
 QF Rishi Tandon WB
Bu 13 1 Ramit Tandon WB
 2 Aditya Jagtap Mah
 SF Rahul D’Cunha Mah
 SF Ravi Dixit Delhi
 QF Karm Kumar Delhi
 QF Vipul Saran Raj
 QF Abhishek Pradhan Mah
 QF Aadit Zaveri Mah
Bu 15 1 Vikram Malhotra Mah
 2 Laxman Joshi Mah
 SF Gunraj Singh Raj
 SF Sami Johnson Raj
 QF Sadiq Ahmed Raj
 QF Cyril Kuhn TN
 QF Naveen Jangra Mah
 QF Jay Dalal Mah
Bu 17 1 Sandeep Jangra Mah
 2 Harinderpal Singh TN
 SF Manek Mathur TN
 SF Naishadh Lalwani Mah
 QF Jay Bhagat Mah
 QF Parth Sharma Ral
 QF Naresh Kumar Delhi
 QF Joran Diwan Mah
Bu 19 1 Saurav Ghosal TN
 2 Vikas Jangra Mah
 3 A Parthiban TN
 4 Rushabh Vora Mah
 QF Ritesh Sharma Mah
 QF Fateh Singh MP
 QF Dhiraj Nagpal Mah
 QF Imran Khan Delhi
Gu 11 1 Sachika Balvani Mah
 2 A Anaka TN
 3 Aparajitha B TN
 4 Ankita Sharma Mah
 QF Palak Rajgarhia Raj
 QF Shria Khatri Mah
 QF Saumya Karki Mah
 QF Likhitta Dugar TN
Gu 13 1 Harita Omprakash TN
 2 Rinki Soni Mah
 SF Deeya Somaiya MP
 SF Namrata Purohit Mah
 QF Nikita Mann MP
 QF Kruthika Kariappa TN
 QF Tanvi Jain MP
 QF Anjani Singh Raj
Gu 15 1 Surbhi Misra Raj
 2 Dipika Pallikal TN
 SF Shaheda Madraswala Mah
 SF Shivangi Paranjpe Mah
 QF Sruti Ashok TN
 QF Aakriti Seghal Delhi
 QF Shaheen Madraswala Mah
 QF Rithika Reddy TN
Gu 17 1 V Anwesha Reddy Raj
 2 Madhura Paranjpe Mah
 SF Shibani Philip TN
 SF Sruthi C Reddy TN
 QF Shweta Singh Mah
 QF Shahnaz Dastur Mah
 QF Jesheila Mani TN
 QF Shehnaz Akhtar TN
Gu 19 1 Joshna Chinappa TN
 2 Sonali Philip TN
 SF Raghavi Kharel Raj
 SF Lydia John Delhi
 QF Tarika Mani Raj
 QF Gayatri Mathur Delhi
 QF Bhavini Singh Raj
 QF Radhika Agarwal Delhi

2003 Jr National Championships Results

Junior Nationals, Chennai  

Bu 11 1 Mahesh Mangoankar Mah
 2 Abhishek Pradhan Mah
 3 Tarun Nambiar Mah
 4 Rahul Kumar Yadav Haryana
 5 Karan Tharyamal Raj
 6 N Arun Raj TN
 7 Siddharth Phutela CDG
 8 Vivek Dinodia WB
Bu 13 1 Ramit Tandon WB
 2 Ravi Dixit Delhi
 3 Aditya Jagtap Mah
 4 Rahul D’Cunha Mah
 5 Maninderpal Singh CDG
 6 Aditya Gupta Mah
 7 Karm Kumar Delhi
 8 Yuvraj Pathak MP
Bu 15 1 Harinderpal Singh TN
 2 Vikram Malhotra Mah
 3 Cyrus Vakil Mah
 4 Parth Sharma Raj
 5 Naishadh Lalwani Mah
 6 Laxman Joshi Mah
 7 Jay Bhagat Mah
 8 Arnish Uberoi Mah
Bu 17 1 Sandeep Jangra Mah
 2 A Parthiban TN
 3 Imran Khan Delhi
 4 Manek Mathur Mah
 5 Naresh Kumar Delhi
 6 Fateh Singh MP
 7 Vinayak Shetty TN
 8 Sarvesh Chauhan Mah
Bu 19 1 Saurav Ghosal TN
 2 Gaurav Nandrajog Delhi
 3 Vikas Jangra Mah
 4 Anurag Gill Mah
 5 Dhruv Dhawan Delhi
 6 Rushabh Vora Mah
 7 Karan Singh Delhi
 8 Ritesh Sharma Mah
Gu 11 1 Sachika Balvani Mah
 2 Ankita Sharma Mah
 3 Sruthi Dugar TN
 4 Saumya Karki Mah
 5 Kruthika Kariappa TN
 6 B Aparajitha TN
 7 Shria Khatri Mah
 8 R Lakshya TN
Gu 13 1 V Anwesha Reddy TN
 2 Dipika Pallikal TN
 3 Aakriti Seghal Delhi
 4 Harita Omprakash TN
 5 Sruti Ashok TN
 6 Priyanka Bhargav MP
 7 Anshul K TN
 8 Neha Shah TN
Gu 15 1 Shibani Philip TN
 2 Madhura Paranjpe Mah
 3 Surbhi Misra Raj
 4 Shivangi Paranjpe Mah
 5 Nikita Emanuel Mah
 6 Jesheila Mani TN
 7 Shaheda Madraswala Mah
 8 Rithika Reddy TN
Gu 17 1 Alisha Mashruwala Mah
 2 Sruthi C Reddy TN
 3 Sonali Philip TN
 4 Shahnaz Dastur Mah
 5 Lydia John Delhi
 6 Ponisha Lloyd TN
 7 Sharanya Vishwamani TN
Gu 19 1 Joshna Chinappa TN
 2 Sonali Philip TN
 3 Raghavi Kharel Raj
 4 Lydia John Delhi
 5 Tarika Mani Raj
 6 Gayatri Mathur Delhi
 7 Bhavini Singh Raj
 8 Radhika Agarwal Delhi