Carol Weymuller PSA W50 (29 Sept – 5 Oct’15)

India’s national champion and world ranked 20, Joshna Chinappa went down in the semi-final of the $50,000 Carol Weymuller Squash event, in New York.
Joshna , who came through the qualifying rounds, beat  seventh seeded Emma Beddoes of England  4 -11, 16-14, 11-7, 11-4 in the first round and then in the quarterfinal she accounted for another qualifier Salma Hany of Egypt, who is above the Indian in world rankings. The scores of 11-9, 8-11,5-11, 11-8, 11-9 depicts a great upset. In the semi-final world ranked 28, Joelle King of New Zealand beat Joshna 11-4 9-11 11-4 11-8.
Dipika Pallikal lost narrowly to world no. 1 Raneem El Welily 11/6, 11/7, 5/11, 7/11, 11/5 in round 1.

PSA Rankings – October 2015 (Kush Surges)

October has opened with some encouraging news for Indian squash with four Indian men featuring in the top 100 in the latest world rankings with Kush Kumar making the biggest jump of 24 rungs from 115 to 91. 
Incidentally in the month of August this Indian Squash Academy trainee was down at 152. The phenomenal improvement has come after his recent tour to Australia where he won his first PSA title in Tasmania, reached the semi-final in another and came to quarterfinals in two others along with his exploits at the JSW Indian Circuit. Read more of this post

Indian Junior Open, Jodhpur (26-30 Sept’15)

There were upsets galore at the Indian Junior Open held at Jodhpur. Being an Asian ranking event & SRFI 4-star squash event it witnessed over 350 players from 8 countries. In the end, Malaysia won 2 titles, Singapore and Sri Lanka share one a piece with India winning the remaining 6. IJO'15 Winners

Abhay Singh of TN won his 3rd consecutive event of the month upstaging Ranjit Singh of Delhi in the U-19 boys’ final. Mihiliya Methsarani of Sri Lanka beat the top Indian but second seed Harshit Kaur Jawanda of Delhi in a lop sided affair. The Lankan girl had won the bronze medal in the recent Commonwealth Youth Games.
Paarth Ambani (boys under 11), Yash Fadte (boys under 15), Vikas Mehra (boys under 17) and Aira Azman (girls under 13) all defeated higher ranked opponents to win their respective categories.

All final results:
B11 – Paarth Ambani (2), MH, def. Yan Chun Chew (1), MY, 12-10 11-6 11-13 9-11 11-8
B13 – Neel Joshi (1), MH, def. Navaneeth Prabhu S (2), TN, 11-6 11-3 11-7
B15 – Yash Fadte (3/4), GA, def. Veer Chotrani (1), MH, 14-12 13-15 11-9 8-11 11-9
B17 – Vikas Mehra (3/4), TN, def. Yash Bhargava (2), DL, 11-8 6-11 11-8 11-6
B19 – Abhay Singh (5/8), TN, def. Ranjit Singh (3/4), UP, 11-5 11-8 12-10
G11 – Sehveetrraa Kumar (1), MY, def. Pooja Arthi R (2), TN, 11-5 11-6 11-2
G13 – Aira Azman (5/8), MY, def. Ananya Dabke (2), MH, 8-11 11-8 13-15 12-10 11-6
G15 – Sneha Sivakumar (1), SG, def. Navmi Sharma (2), MH, 11-5 11-7 8-11 12-10
G17 – Akanksha Salunkhe (1), GA, def. Sunayna Kuruvilla (2), TN, 12-10 11-7 11-8
G19 – Mihiliya Methsarani (1), SL, def. Harshit Kaur Jawanda (2), DL, 11-3 11-9 11-1

SquashTime Update#1

Click to read

Bombay Gymkhana 40th Maharashtra State Open (15-19 Sept’15)

Bombay Gym Winner sMahesh Mangaonkar and Urwashi lifted the Men’s & Women’s title at in the 40th edition of the Maharashtra State Open held at the Bombay Gymkhana in Mumbai.

Most of the junior results went to seeding in this 3 star event, apart from the notable achievements of Yuvraj Wadhwani (boys under 11), Aryaman Adik (boys under 17) Saisha Gupta (girls under 11) and Ananya Dabke (girls under 15). Read more of this post

Winner - CWYGVelavan Senthilkumar and Harshit Jawanda  gave India a silver medal from the mixed doubles competition of the squash event at the Commonwealth Youth Games held in Samoa.

Beating Scotland  12-10. 8-11, 11-5 in the semi-final was a bright spot for India, something that made them have a stake at the gold or silver medals. However the top seed Malaysians Eain Yow Ng and Andrea Jia Qi Lee proved too good.  The Indians played their part to potential but the Malaysian duo had such good finishing and that made the difference. Malaysia won 11-6, 11-5 to take the gold.

In the semi final Velavan and Harshit however played outstanding squash to get past Scotand. Winning the first game by a whisker the match went to the decider where the India pair won. Earlier, India had defeated Guyana in the quarter final and Pakistan and Northern Island in the pool stage.

Having won a bronze through Velavan in the boys singles earlier, India finished the squash engagements with two medals.

Bronze For Velavan at the Commonwealth Youth Games

Velavan Senthilkumar won a bronze medal in the boys singles event at the squash event of the Commonwealth Youth Games being held in Samoa. Read more of this post

Jaipur Junior (2-6 Sept’15)

Navaneeth Prabhu from Tamil Nadu, the only player to win a silver medal in the recent Asian junior sqush championship, justified his high rating by winning the U-13 title in the Provogue Jaipur Open 2015. Navaneeth defeated his state-mate Kanhav Nanavati 11-4, 11-7, 12-10.
Jaipur Juniors 2015 Read more of this post

JSW Indian Circuit #1 (2-6 Sept’15)

JSW Circuit #1Joshana Chinappa (IND) beat Habiba Mohamed (EGY) to become the Women’s NSCI Open champ in a 3-0 match. It wasn’t an easy match for Chinappa.
Read more of this post

Indian Squash team for Commonwealth Youth Games

Two leading juniors Velavan Senthil Kumar and Harshit Kaur Jawanda will be representing India in the squash event at the 5th Commonwealth Youth Games to be held in Apia, the capital of Samoa, an island nation in the Oceania. The Coach travelling is Maj S. Maniam. Read more of this post


Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 1,992 other followers