POSTED DAE : March 11, 2016
CHENNAI: Fifth seed Mahesh Mangaonkar defeated Baptiste Masotti (France) 12-10, 12-10,7-11, 11-7 in a first round match of the $15,000 Sekisui Open Squash, a PSA world tour event in Kriens (Switzeland) late on Wednesday.
Mahesh, who had a bad year-end last year when he had come out of the circuit with an illness, has been making a determined effort to catch up with the tough competitions in the professional league and this is his second tournament in March. As the scoreline suggested it was tough match against a 20 year old who had tasted success in a tournament in Iran last month.
It did Mahesh a lot good that he warded off the tough resistance and emerged winner. The Indian plays Bernat Jaume, another young talent from Spain next.
Another Indian player in the news is Sachika Ingale, who has fought her way into the main round in the Women's Squash Week, a PSA world tour event in Calgary in Canada. In her final qualifying match, Scahika defeated Nicole Bunyan of Canada 6-11, 12-10, 11-2, 11-8.