POSTED DAE : Oct. 21, 2014
Ravi Dixit (IND) the first men’s player into the quarterfinals with his win against Deepak Mishra (IND). Both are up-and-coming junior stars from the Indian Squash Academy in Chennai, and have played each other many times in the past. Today was Dixit’s day, though, as he shot into the lead
Ravi Dixit (IND) v Deepak Mishra (IND)
3-0 to Dixit
11-4, 11-6, 11-8
Ravi Dixit (IND) the first men’s player into the quarterfinals with his win against Deepak Mishra (IND). Both are up-and-coming junior stars from the Indian Squash Academy in Chennai, and have played each other many times in the past. Today was Dixit’s day, though, as he shot into the lead from the start. Mishra managed some nice shots all the way through to keep the game interesting for Dixit, but couldn’t stop him completely, and Dixit took the first two games 11-4, 11-6. Mishra made the third game especially nice to watch as the two traded points across some beautiful rallies. Dixit let one match point slip to Mishra before finishing the match 11-8.
Dixit will play Harinder Pal Sandhu (IND) in tomorrow’s quarterfinals.
Shehab Essam Hosny (EGY) v Ahsan Ayaz (PAK)
3-1 to Hosny
11-5, 9-11, 11-4, 11-2
Hosny will play Sanjay Singh (MAS) in tomorrow’s quarterfinals.
Harinder Pal Sandhu (IND) v Benjamin Coates (ENG)
3-0 to Sandhu
11-1, 11-5, 11-5
Just another day’s work for Indian powerhouse Harinder Pal Sandhu (IND), handily defeating qualifier Benjamin Coates (ENG) in three straight sets without much effort. The younger player was very game, surprising Sandhu with a couple of nice rallies throughout, but Sandhu controlled the match from the start. In the first game, he took a quick lead 8-0, when Coates surprised a complacent Sandhu with a straight kill to score his only point of the game. The second game saw Coates vary his shots and speed up the play, and he succeeded in getting Sandhu off the T during a few nice rallies, though did not net many points. Sandhu came back with a low, fast serve that zipped past Coates, and later a cross-court drop that won the game 11-5. Sandhu continued to dominate the last game, taking a quick 7-0 lead. But Coates kept his head and managed to claw back a few points before Sandhu finished it off 11-5.
Sanjay Singh (MAS) v Alex Noakes (ENG)
3-0 to Singh
11-6, 11-2, 11-6
Singh will play Shehab Essam Hosny (EGY) in tomorrow’s quarterfinals.
Karim El Hammamy (EGY) v Adam Murrills (ENG)
3-2 to El Hammamy
2-11, 11-5, 6-11, 11-9, 11-3
El Hammamy will play Matias Tuomi (FIN) in tomorrow’s quarterfinals.
Matias Tuomi (FIN) v Sandeep Jangra (IND)
3-0 to Tuomi
16-14, 11-7, 11-9
Matias Tuomi (FIN) went up against qualifier Sandeep Jangra (IND) and won in three straight sets. But not before Jangra, originally of Jindal Squash Academy and now with the Indian Air Force, proved his mettle. In an exciting first game, Jangra forced Tuomi into extra points before he choked and sent a ball into the tin, giving Tuomi the edge and the game 16-14. Jangra played well in the next two games, getting in several nice shots into the nick that gave Tuomi no chance to retrieve. But the more experienced player stuck to his strategy and took the second game as well, 11-7. Jangra patiently played his way back in the third game to almost level it at 9-10, after Tuomi took a steep initial lead. But Tuomi calmly put it to bed, taking the game and match 11-9.
Matias Tuomi: “I was pretty nervous before the match. He was hitting a lot of nicks, so I didn’t get into a great rhythm. But I’m really happy to win and looking forward to the match tomorrow.”
Tuomi will play Karim El Hammamy (EGY) in tomorrow’s quarterfinals.
Kush Kumar (IND) v Valentino Bon Jovi Bong (MAS)
3-2 to Kumar
8-11, 11-6, 5-11, 11-9, 11-9
In the most evenly paired matches today, Kush Kumar (IND) held out over Valentino Bon Jovi Bong in an 81-minute match to join tomorrow’s quarterfinals. Bong’s strategy across the first three games was clear: Encamp at the T and rely on stretch while Kumar runs himself into the ground. It served him well, as he took the first and third games, though Kumar snuck in a second-game win with a beautiful cross kill. Kumar tired in the third game and more unforced errors crept into his game. But he turned it around for the fourth game, which saw him varying his shots to force Bong from the middle a bit more, taking the lead at 7-6 with a lovely drop, and then the game 11-9. The decider kept the crowd on the edge of their seats. The two went point for point, with Kumar just out of reach, until 9-9 when Bong leveled it with a beautiful drop. But Kumar showed grit while Bong got thrown off his game after a disputed call, and Kumar took it home 11-9.
Kumar will play the winner of the delayed Round 1 Match (Ammar Altamimi, EGY, v Josh Taylor, ENG) in tomorrow’s quarterfinals.