POSTED DAE : Nov. 11, 2014
Third seed Harinder Pal Singh Sandhu dethroned favourite Saurav Ghosal for his maiden national mens crown, while Joshana Chinappa helped herself to her 13th womens title, in
Third seed Harinder Pal Singh Sandhu dethroned favourite Saurav Ghosal for his maiden national mens crown, while Joshana Chinappa helped herself to her 13th womens title, in the 62nd Senior National Squash Championship & 71st CCI-Western India Junior Open Tournament, at the Cricket Club of India.
Sandhu denied Ghosal a 10th national title with an 11-2, 11-9, 9-11, 8-11, 11-9 victory, in an absorbing 74-minute championship round that could have gone either way. Top seed Chinappa prevailed over second seed Sachika Ingale of UP 11-4, 11-6, 11-6 in the womens final.
“I will try to break Bhuvaneshwari Kumaris record of 16 titles,” revealed Chinappa, who will represent India at the World Team Championship in Canada and later will head to Cairo, Egypt for the World Open.
A supremely confident Sandhu, who stunned India No. 2 Mahesh Mangaonkar in the semi-finals, surged to a surprise 2-0 lead before Ghosal lived up to his reputation to force match into the decider with a stunning recovery after snatching the third and fourth sets narrowly while trailing in both.
The decider swung both ways as Ghosal led 3-0 and looked set to retain his crown until Sandhu surged back into the contest with an envious 9-4 lead. Ghosal was down but not out as he drew level at 9-all before Sandhu reached match-ball and ended an agonising wait for the national title with a backhand winner.
“I lost concentration in the third and fourth sets and Saurav capitalized on that lapse,” explained Sandhu. “I tried to keep the ball tight and played precise volleys, and that made the difference.”
Top seed Parthiban Iyyappan of Tamil Nadu was denied his sixth straight title when he went down to second seed Paramjit Singh of Delhi in the Professionals final.
There were a slew of upsets in the Western India Junior Open as sub junior national champion and boys under-11 top seed Jeh Pandole, girls under-11 top seed Yuvna Gupta, boys under-15 top seed Tushar Shahani, girls under-15 top seed Aakanksha Rao, girls under-19 top seed Adya Advani and under-9 second seed Aditya Chandani lost in their respective finals.
While most favourites fell in heap, girls under-15 top seed Jui Kalgutkar lived up to her reputation when she rallied from 0-2 to fashion a breathtaking 7-11, 7-11, 11-9, 15-13, 11-4 victory over arch-rival and second seed Aishwarya Bhattacharya in the most riveting championship round among the juniors.
Kalgutkar changed the script with a brilliant recovery that was initiated in the tight third set and snatched the crucial fourth that stretched well into extra points before Bhattacharya ran out of steam in the decider.
Results (All Finals): Senior Nationals:
3-Harinder Pal Singh Sandhu (TN) bt 1-Saurav Ghosal (TN) 11-2, 11-9, 9-11, 8-11, 11-9.
1-Joshana Chinappa (TN) bt 2-Sachika Ingale (UP) 11-4, 11-6, 11-6.
2-Paramit Singh (Del) bt 1-Parthiban Ayyappan (TN) 11-8, 8-11, 11-8, 13-11.
CCI-Western India Junior Open:
Siddhant Rewari (Mah) bt 2-Aditya Chandani (Mah) 11-9, 14-12, 11-7.
N Mounisha (TN) bt 1-Yuvna Gupta (Mah) 11-3, 12-10, 13-11.
2-Shreyas Mehta (Mah) bt 1-Jeh Pandole (Mah) 11-9, 11-2, 11-5.
Ananya Dabke (Mah) bt Anannya Morey (Mah) 4-11, 11-7, 11-9, 11-9.
1-Yash Fadte (Goa) bt Advait Adik (Mah) 11-9, 11-6, 11-3.
Navmi Sharma (Mah) bt 1-Aakanksha Rao (Mah) 11-7, 5-11, 7-11, 11-9, 11-7.
2-Chaitanya Shah (Mah) bt 1-Tushar Shahani (Mah) 11-8, 6-11, 11-8, 11-5.
1-Jui Kalgutkar (Mah) bt 2-Aishwarya Bhattacharya (Mah) 7-11, 7-11, 11-9, 15-13, 11-4.
Robin Singh Mann (Del) bt Yash Bhargava (Mah) 11-7, 11-5, 11-7.
Aakanksha Salunkhe (Goa) bt 1-Adya Advani (Del) 11-3, 11-8, 11-6.
Velavan Senthilkumar (TN) bt Vijay Kumar (TN) 6-11, 11-6, 11-6, 11-8.