POSTED DAE : April 21, 2016
DUBLIN: It proved a mixed day for the two Indians in the Irish Open. While Mahesh Mangaonkar fought out a spirited come-back attempt by local favourite and wild card Arthur Gaskin, qualifier Harshit Jawanda could not stand upto the experience and expertise of fourth seeded Alinson Thomsun of England, both being first round matches.
Mahesh defeated Gaskin 11-5, 11-5, 6-11, 3-11,11-3 to enter the quarters while Alison stopped Harshit 11-13, 11-7, 11-6, 11-6 to gain entry into the last eight.
Lately in a determined mood to improve his rankings, Mahesh, the eighth seed, had his hands full against a player who is ranked 27 ranks below him at 85. The Indian in fact began fluently and was up 2-0 but Gaskin got his act together at that juncture. Changing strategy and extending rallies, he had Mahesh in a tight corner to level the match scores. A touch of muscle strain in his legs in the decider upset Gaskin's rhythm and the Indian made the most of the situation to jump to an early lead and wrap the game and match before long. Mahesh is pitted against second seed Laurens Jan Anjema of Netherlands next.
In the women's section Harshit did well with an aggressive start but could sustain tempo making it easy for Alison thereafter.