SquashTime #18

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18th Asian Team, Chinese Taipei (11-15 May’16)

IMG_20160515_175318.jpgThe Indian contingent returned from Chinese Taipei after the Asian team championship with 2 medals. Where it had to be bronze medals only on the last occasion from Hong Kong two years ago, this time the women brought a silver and the men settled for bronze. But what was important, as national coach Cyrus Poncha who had accompanied the team, said was that both the boys and girls had done pleasingly well. “The boys did give Pakistan a close run in the quarter finals and that itself was praiseworthy considering the team was without a senior like Saurav Ghosal while the girls had ousted the top seeds Hong Kong enroute to the final to show that there is enough potential to bring more laurels during the year,” he said in his assessment. Read more of this post

SquashTime #17

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ISA Junior (4-7 May’16)

Abhay - Doubles ISA JuniorThe latest edition of the ISA junior open presented a pleasing departure from past. While competitions in the nine-categories formed the core of the programme, the TNSRA, the organisers decided on bringing Malaysia’s top player Delia Arnold in and arrange exhibition matches in the midst of the junior programme. Read more of this post

PSA Ranking (India) – May’16

The highest ranked Indian in world squash, Joshna Chinappa improved her ranking by a rung to be at 13 as per the latest list released. Joshna thus regained the place she was in earlier in December last.

Dipika Pallikal remained on 19 and Saurav Ghosal in the men’s also did not change from 18. As for the rest, Mahesh Mangaonkar remained on 58, Harinder Pal Sandhu dropped by one place to 67, Vikram Malhotra remained on 92, Kush Kumar jumped a rung to 94. In the women’s section, Sachika Ingale was at 82.

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ISA Day – 22 April 2016









13015454_932721823511916_8042532593074007003_n.jpgA vibrant evening showcased the Indian Squash Academy (ISA) annual day function at the Taj Connemara. Aside from the annual awards, the spotlight was on Maj. S. Maniam (retd), Consultant Coach of SRFI who is due to lay down office in June and return home to become the CEO and Director of Squash Rackets Association of Malaysia.

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Irish Open, Dublin (18-23 Apr’16) PSA M15k + W5k

Harshit Kaur Jawanda was making her first overseas trip as a professional player and starting as a qualifier she did well to get past two rounds to make it to the main round at the event. But fourth seeded Alison Thomson of England stopped her in the first round 11-13, 11-7, 11-6, 11-6. Mahesh Mangaonkar was slightly better. Seeded eight, Mahesh started off hesitantly, beating wild card Arthur Gaskin of Ireland in five games 11-5, 11-5, 6-11, 3-11, 11-3 but in the next round (quarters), second seed Laurens Jan Anjema of Netherlands ended his tenure abruptly. The Dutch won 11-8, 8-11, 11-9, 11-3.

PSA World Rankings April 2016

India’s leading men’s player Saurav Ghosal improved by a rung to 18 in the April rankings released by the PSA while the highest ranked Indian Joshna Chinappa remained on 14. Read more of this post

Malaysian 2016 Tour 1 (28 -31 Mar’16)

Ever since he tasted title-success in December2015 in the Florida Open, Vikram Malhotra has been an inspired man. The US-based player then almost grabbed another by reaching the final at the Seattle Open early last month.

The tall lad has been enjoying his squash and this much came through as he brought up another good show later in the month to lift the title in the Malaysian tour-leg one which was held in Malaka. The Indian who touched his career high ranking of 92 this month was seeded five in this $5000 event. Read more of this post


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