WSF Level 1 Coaching Course, Chennai

As part of the World Squash Federation Coach Education Programme (CEP) which aims to standardize coaching methods world-wide, a WSF certified level one coaching course is to be held at the Indian Squash Academy from May 13 to 16. This is the first time that a WSF course is being held in India. Read more of this post

Asian C’Ships, Kuwait (1-5 May’15)

Asian Individual 2015 - Indian teamThe lone Indian survivor after the quarterfinal phase, Joshna Chinappa expectedly fell at the semi-final hurdle to the current world champion and top seed Nicol David of Malaysia in straight games 6-11, 9-11, 7-11 in the Asian senior individual squash championship in Kuwait. The defeat meant Joshna had to settled for a bronze medal. Read more of this post

Asian Champs – Indian Quarterfinal Round Up

Joshna Chinappa packed a punch in her performance and helped herself to a semi-final spot in the Asian Senior Individual squash championship being held in Kuwait. Her’s was the early high point for India on a day when both second seeds Dipika Pallikal and Saurav Ghosal crashed out. Read more of this post

SSA Salem Squash Open (28 Apr – 2 May’15)

Second seed Abhay Singh of Tamil Nadu defeated his team mate and top seed Parthiban Ayyapan 13-15 13-11 11-3 12-10 to grab the men’s title in the SSA-Salem squash open.
In the junior section, the second seed Nehaarika Balamurukan (TN) came back from two games down to end the giant killing acts of Amita Gondi (AP) and lift the U-19 girls title 9-11 10-12 11-2 11-4 11-8.The boy’s title went to Vijay Kumar (TN) who kept his top billing intact by beating the second seed Aran Thawani (Mah) 11-4 11-4 11-4. Read more of this post

PSA/WSA Indian Rankings – May 2015

PSA
21          Saurav Ghosal  
46          Mahesh Mangaonkar
60          Harinder Pal Singh Sandhu          
148         Ramit Tandon   
157         Ravi Dixit

WSA
18          Dipika Pallikal    
24          Joshana Chinappa           
91          Sachika Ingale   

India bags three Asian Squash Federation awards

Awards
India’s men’s team which won the gold medal at the 2014 Incheon Asian Games has been awarded the Asian Squash Federation’s (ASF) “Outstanding Team of the Year” award.
Cyrus Poncha, the coach of the team, was declared the winner of the “Coach of the year award” for the team event.
Kush Kumar, the first Indian junior male player to reach the semi-finals of a World junior squash championship, won the Hassan Musa Award for his outstanding performance of the year (boys).
Kumar won bronze in the championship, held in Namibia, last year.

Qatar & Doha Junior Opens (2-5 Mar’15)

The Qatar Junior Open took place from 2nd to 3rd March 2015 followed by the Doha Junior Open from 4th to 5th March 2015.
 
Qatar Junior Open, Doha,  2-3 March 2015:
Of the 9 Indian boys who participated in this tournament two of them – Navaneeth Prabhu (BU13) and Vikas Mehra (BU17) reached the semi finals in their respective groups:
Three others qualified for the quarters – Arnav Tevatia (BU11), Kanhav Nanavati (BU13)  and Gowtham Karthik (BU15) finishing in 5th, 6th and 8th place in their respective categories.
 
Doha Junior Open, Doha, 4-5 March 2015:
In this event, Navaneeth Prabhu (BU13) made it to the finals but went down fighting in four games to Muhammed Azhar of Malaysia while Sandeep Ramachandran BU19 reached the semis losing to Sajad Zareian of Iran finishing in 4th Place.
 
Other players who made it to the quarter finals were Arnav Tevatia (BU11),Kanhav Nanavati (BU13) and Vikas Mehra (BU17) finishing in 5th, 6th, 5th place respectively.

WSA Granite Open, 25k (17-20 Feb’15)

Freshly crowned British National champion Sarah-Jane Perry was in great touch and showed it with a well fought 8-11, 11-6, 12-10, 11-7 win over India’s Dipika Pallikal in the final of the $25000 WSA-Granite Open in Toronto. This is Sarah-Jane’s eighth WSA title in her career and also her second win in this prestigious tournament. Read more of this post

Matunga Gymkhana Junior (14-18 Feb’15)

Matunga Winners.MG Junior Squash Open 2015, a 2 star National Ranking Event got overwhelming response with 230 registered entries from Maharashtra, Delhi, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Goa and Karnataka. Read more of this post

35th National Games, Kerala (1 – 4 Feb’15)

The squash competition at the 35th National Games was complete dominated by the Tamil Nadu contingent as all the finalists in both the men’s and women’s competition belonged to the state. First up was women’s singles in which the seasoned Joshana Chinappa did not have much trouble in sailing past Lakshya Ragavendran 11-5 11-8 11-4 to nab the gold medal. Read more of this post

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