ToI article on Asian Games

India’s top two women squash players, world number 32 Dipika Pallikal and 33rd ranked Joshna Chinappa, have been seeded 5-8 and placed in the top half of the draw in the November 12-27 Asian Games in Guangzhou, China. Read more of this post

XIX Commonwealth Games (Singles), Delhi 4-8 October ‘10

With 9 of the top 20 players in the PSA & WISPA world rankings, Saurav & Joshana lived up to their seeding bowing out to higher ranked Peter Barker and Nicol David resp. Read more of this post

The freakonomist SQUASH – Siddharth Suchde

Though it’s a path few can hope to take, it still remains a dream for every parent. In 2007, Siddharth Suchde had not only lived that dream of getting into Harvard University, he had also come out the other side with a degree in economics and prospective employers lined up for him. Read more of this post

Indian men surprise but go down to Malaysia

Indians put up a brave fight against the Malaysians. India lost the first singles when Harinder Pal Singh Sandhu lost to Mohd Nafizwan Adnan 10-12, 9-11, 11-13, but Ghosal came up with a brilliant performance to tame No ranked Modh Azlan Iskander 2-11, 11-8, 11-2, 11-4. With the teams tied, the pressure was on Siddharth Suchde who faced Malaysia No.2 Ong Ben Hee. The match lasted all of 75 minutes at the end of which Hee came through 11-6, 8-11, 14-12, 4-11, 11-2.

Malaysia play Pakistan in the final, who beat Kuwait 2-0.

Asian seniors Day 2 men

Men’s Last 16:
Ong Beng Hee (MAS)[2] bt Ritwik Bhattacharya (IND)[9/16] 11-7 11-8 11-6 (32m)
Yasir Ali Butt (PAK)[5/8] bt Harinderpal Singh (IND)[9/16] 8-11 11-7 11-6 11-7 (38m)
Nafiizwan Adnan (MAS)[5/8] bt Siddharth Suchde (IND)[9/16] 11-13 11-13 13-11 11-8 11-8 (106m)
Farhan Mehboob (PAK)[5/8] bt Ivan Yuen (MAS)[9/16] 9-11 11-6 11-8 11-8 (56m)
Abdulla Almezayen (KUW)[9/16] bt Max Lee (HKG)[5/8] 11-7 11-6 11-4 (27m)
Aamir Atlas Khan (PAK)[3/4] bt Dick Lau (HKG)[9/16] 11-5 11-6 12-10 (35m)
Saurav Ghosal (IND)[3/4] bt Waqar Mehboob (PAK)[9/16] 11-9 11-5 11-5 (36m)
M. Azlan Iskandar (MAS)[1] bt Anson Kwong (HKG)[9/16] 11-2 11-4 11-2 (25m)

Saurav moves to No 27

Saurav moved up in the PSA world rankings to no 27. April PSA rankings are:
27 Saurav Ghosal
80 Siddharth Suchde
90 Harinder Pal Sandhu
113 Ritwik Bhattacharya
174 Gaurav Nandrajog
184 Naresh Kumar
201 Ravi Dixit
210 Ramit Tandon
307 Abhishek Pradhan
345 Karan Malik

Jodhpur Open Squash Championship 2010, 19 – 23 April 2010

Finals:
Men: Siddharth Suchde beat Ritwik Bhattacharya 11-5,9-11,13-11,16-14
U-19: Ravi Dixit beat Vrishabh Kotian 3-0
U17: Vrishab Kotian beat Uttkrash Kumar 11-5,11-7,7-11,11-7
U-15: Manik Dutta beat Vijay Kumar 11-8,8-11,11-7,11-6
Over 35: Deepak Moolani beat Khangaram Choudary 11-6,11-8,11-3
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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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Saurav Ghosal and Joshna Chinappa retain National squash titles

Defending champion Joshna Chinappa defeated Dipika Pallikal 11-8, 11-7, 11-2 in just 23 minutes to win her eighth national title, at the Secunderabad Club

The 22-year-old reigning champion won a wonderful display of drive-ins from both flanks and complemented them with some delectable drops. Joshna said she was determined to win straight to prove a point and she had trained at the ICL Academy. “It is always a great feeling to be the National champion, though the first title when I was just 14 stands out as very special,” said a jubilant Joshna. “Every National is a different proposition and one needs to be consistent over the years to win these titles. I am happy that I am able to do that,” she said.

Title-holder Saurav Ghosal (Tamil Nadu) warded off a spirited challenge from Siddarth Suchde (Maharashtra) before winning his fourth successive crown 11-13, 11-8, 11-5, 11-4. It was a top-class match. Saurav came from abroad a few days before the nationals while Siddharth had trained for a month in Chennai and benefited by it. The last few games were well fought and it was the experience of Saurav that helped him prevail.  “I dedicate this win to my grandparents — Dr. S.B.N. Ghosal and Dina Ghosal,” an elated Ghosal said.

In the pro-category, the 23-year-old A. Parthiban defeated his former coach and 10-time champion B. Balamurugan 12-10, 8-11, 11-7, 11-8 in 48 minutes to lift the title in his maiden appearance.

N. Ramachandran, President, Squash Rackets Federation of India, gave away the prizes.

Men: Saurav Ghosal (TN) bt Siddarth Suchde (Maha) 11-13, 11-8, 11-5, 11-4.

Women: Joshna Chinappa (TN) bt Dipika Pallikal (TN) 11-8, 11-7, 11-2.

Pro : A. Parthiban (TN) bt B. Balamurugan (TN) 12-10, 8-11, 11-7, 11-8.

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)

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