Asian Seniors Quarter finals

Saurav and Dipika move into the semis.

Nicol David (MAS)[1] bt Song Sun Mi (KOR)[9/16] 11-4 11-7 11-7 (24m)
Dipika Pallikal (IND)[9/16] bt Misaki Kobayashi (JPN)[9/16] 12-10 11-8 11-6 (32m)
Rebecca Chiu (HKG)[2] bt Joshna Chinappa (IND)[5/8] 11-5 11-13 11-7 11-6 (39m)
Joey Chan (HKG)[5/8] bt Delia Arnold (MAS)[3/4] 11-4 11-4 11-6 (28m)

Azlan Iskandar (MAS)[1] bt Abdulla Almezayen (KUW)[9/16] 13-11 11-7 12-10 (50m)
Saurav Ghosal (IND)[3/4] bt Farhan Mehboob (PAK)[5/8]  11-7,11-1,11-6 (35m)
Aamir Atlas Khan (PAK)[3/4] bt Nafiizwan Adnan (MAS)[5/8] 12-10 11-8 11-5 (35m)
Yasir Ali Butt (PAK)[5/8] bt Ong Beng Hee (MAS)[2] 10-12 11-8 11-8 11-9 (60m)

Asian Senior Squash, Chennai Day 1

Malaysians Nicol David and Mohd. Azlan advanced a step closer to defending their titles at the Asian Senior Squash Championships with easy wins. The showstopper of the day was the pre-quarterfinal contest between Dipika Pallikal and Low Wee Wern wherein the local favourite came back from the dead to register a victory in five games over 65 minutes.

Dipika lost the first game 10-12 and trailed 4-9 in the second before she put a lid on her cack-handed ways. Drop-shots abounded from her racket thereafter and although Wern snatched the fourth game to tie the match, Dipika stepped on it after being locked at 8-8, taking the decider 11-8. Read more of this post

Doubles will be our focus for CWG

Indian squash is on an all-time high with as many as eight players in the top-100 of world rankings and national coach Cyrus Poncha feels the time is right for his talented wards to push for medals in the Delhi Commonwealth Games.

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Dipika Wins WISPA Indian challenger #5 in Kolkata

Dipika Pallikal wins her maiden WISPA title in Kolkata after defeating higher ranked opponents in the semi finals and finals, while Mohd. Shorbagy also win’s his first title in a 5 star event. These WISPA & PSA event was supported by the ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports. The tournament was held at the The Calcutta Racket Club. Read more of this post

Joshna & Dipika win International Doubles Event, Manchester (29-31 Mar’10)

Joshana Chinappa and Dipika Pallikal won the International Manchester Doubles title defeating higher ranked teams from England and Australia.
The Indian contingent compriseed of Saurav Ghosal, Siddharth Suchde, Harinder Pal Singh, Ritwik Bhattacharya, Gaurav Nandrajog, Sandeep Jangra, Joshana and Dipika along with Major S. Maniam Read more of this post

Egypt retain WJW; India secures best ever result

Egypt beat Hong Kong in the finals, while India came 3rd

Final:
[1] EGYPT bt [6] HONG KONG 2/0 Read more of this post

British Junior Open Squash Finals

G13 Yathreb Adel (Egy) bt Salma Hani (Egy) 11/7, 11/8, 3/11, 11/8 (39m) 
B13 Amr Aboul Souad (Egy) bt Kush Kumar (Ind) 11/7, 7/11, 9/11, 11/9, 11/7 (41m)

G15 Nour El Sherbeny (Egy) bt Kanzy El Defrawy (Egy) 11/6, 11/6, 10/12, 4/11, 11/4 (42m) 
B15 Mahesh Mangaonkar (Ind) bt Oliver Holland (Eng) 11/5, 7/11, 11/5, 12/10 (40m)

G17 Nour El Tayeb (Egy) bt Nouran El Torky (Egy) 12/10, 11/8, 11/6 (24m)
B17 Amr Khalid Khalifa (Egy) bt Danish Atlas Khan (Pak) 11/5, 11/3, 14/12 (40m)

G19 Wee Wern Low (Mas) bt Dipika Pallikal (Ind) 11/2, 11/8, 8/11, 11/8 (42m) 
B19 Mohamed El Shorbagy (Egy) bt Ivan Yuen (Mas) 11/8, 11/7, 13/11 (33m)

Saurav & Annie lift Chennai Open titles

Men’s final:
[1] Saurav Ghosal (IND) bt [2] Ritwik Bhattacharya (IND) 7-11, 11-7, 11-7, 11-6 (49min)

Women’s final:
[5] Dipika Pallikal (IND) bt [4] Annie Au (HKG) 9-3, 10-8, 10-8 (44min)

Saurav Ghosal claimed his 3rd PSA title defeating Ritwik Bhattacharya in four games. The match was an excellent display of rally finishing. Ritwik played a tight first game and this showed in his finishing the game in a quick 10 min 11-7. The second game set the tone for the rest of the match … unforced errors on Ritwik’s end allowed Saurav to level the match. The next couple of games saw Saurav gliding over the court and the ‘human rubber band’ was able to run down practically every ball to take control of the third game as well.

The 4th game saw Saurav with a runaway 5-1 lead, and though Ritwik played some excellent points, he wasn’t in a position to wrest the momentum away from Saurav. The match ended tamely though, with a stroke being awarded to Saurav to retain the Chennai Open crown won last year.

Dipika searching for her 1st WISPA tour title struggled at the onset with Annie’s drop – drive game. In the 2nd Dipika squandered her 8-0 lead going down to Annie 10-8. In the 3rd Annie played aggressive and ran to a 7-2 lead, Dipika fought hard and in 1 hand was serving for the game after winning 7 points to lead 8-7. In the final twist Annie won the 3rd game 10-8. A remarkable achievement however by Dipika to get to the final and Overall a great event for Indian Squash.

Dipika win’s British Junior

It was ‘fifth time lucky’ and ‘fifth time unlucky’ in the climax of the Women’s U17 event.  On course for her fifth British Junior Open title in a row, top-seeded Egyptian Heba El Torky crashed out 9-6, 5-9, 9-6, 1-9, 9-5 to India’s Dipika Pallikal. 

Dipika is only the second girl to win this championship after Joshana Chinappa.

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