POSTED DAE : July 17, 2016
73rd Senior National Squash Championship
12th to 17th July, 2016
Hosted by Otters Club
Third seed Vikram Malhotra of Mumbai rallied from a 1-2 deficit to snatch a thrilling win over Tamil Nadu’s Kush Kumar to storm into the men’s semi-finals, in the Otters Club 73rd Senior National Squash Championship, on Friday.
US-based Malhotra, ranked 125 in the world, warmed up with a promising start by winning the opening game in the best-of-five contest, before Kumar came back to win the next two in one of the most exciting matches of the day.
But Malhotra, a recent winner of the Malaysian Tour 2016 Leg I, a $5K PSA world tour event in Malaka, the Florida State Open and runner-up at the Samson Seattle Squash Open, another PSA Tour event, snatched the crucial fourth in a tight finish before holding on to a marginal lead in a close decider to set up a clash with top seed and defending champion Saurav Ghosal.
Second seed Mahesh Mangaonkar, a winner of the PSA $15,000 Sekisui Open, a $15,000 PSA world tour event in Kriens, Switzerland, will take on fourth seed Harinderpal Singh Sandhu in the other semi-final.
Third seed Sachika Ingale of UP recovered from 0-2 to snatch the decider over extra points in a thrilling women’s pre-quarter-finals. Staring at defeat, Ingale relied on experience to get back into the match by clinching the third and fourth games to force the decider. In a contest that could have gone either way, a determined Bhattacharya stretched her accomplished opponent all the way in a neck-and-neck final game before Ingale took it away, in the other absorbing match of the day.
Later, the top four advanced to the semi-finals as Ingale set up a clash with second seed Dipika Pallikal, while top seed and defending champion Joshana Chinappa faces fourth seed Akanksha Salunkhe of Goa who came through a hard-fought 12-10, 11-9, 11-5 quarter-final win over Urwashi Joshi of JSW.
Saurav Ghosal (TN) bt Vijay Kumar (TN) 11-8, 11-2, 11-6;
Vikram Malhotra (Mah) bt Kush Kumar (TN) 11-5, 8-11, 10-12, 11-9, 11-7;
Harinderpal Singh Sandhu (TN) bt Ravi Dixit (TN) 11-6, 11-7, 11-3;
Mahesh Mangaonkar (Mah) bt Velavan Senthilkumar (TN) 11-4, 11-6, 11-6.
Joshana Chinappa (TN) bt Jui Kalgutkar (Mah) 11-5, 11-6, 11-4;
Akanksha Salunkhe (Goa) bt Urwashi Joshi (Mah) 12-10, 11-9, 11-5;
Sachika Ingale (UP) bt Adya Advani (Del) 11-5, 11-4, 11-8;
Dipika Pallikal Karthik (TN) bt Lakshya Ragavendran (TN) 11-3, 11-4, 11-4.
Pre-quarter-finals: Joshana Chinappa (TN) bt Ananya Dabke 11-6, 11-3, 11-5;
Jui Kalgutkar bt Jannat Duhan (Ch) 11-5, 11-0, 11-3;
Urwashi Joshi bt Mayuri Namasivayam (TN) 11-6, 11-5, 11-4;
Akanksha Salunkhe (Goa) bt Aishwarya Khubchandani 11-7, 11-5, 11-3;
Sachika Ingale (UP) bt Aishwarya Bhattacharya 13-15, 9-11, 11-7, 11-0, 14-12;
Adya Advani (Del) bt Aryaa Ogale 11-4, 11-6, 11-3;
Lakshya Ragavendran (TN) bt Anannya Morey 11-2, 11-5, 11-7;
Dipika Pallikal Karthik (TN) bt Avani Nagar 11-2, 11-1, 11-3.
Friday: 11 a.m. 73rd Senior National Squash Championship, at Otters Club