POSTED DAE : Oct. 6, 2016
Otters Club playing host to the first event of the JSW Indian Squash Circuit 2016 was bustling
with energy and packed with juniors and squash lovers as two Indian boys, Sandeep
Ramachandran and Abhay Singh kicked off proceedings of the Main Draw at the Otters
Abhay Singh (IND) beat Sandeep Ramachandran(IND) 11-9, 8-2 ( retired) ( 12 minutes)
The Dubai based Sandeep here after his recent successes in Australia went toe to toe with Abhay
Singh in the opener but was clearly feeling the effects of a back strain as he unfortunately had to
retire after pushing as hard as he could in the first. Abhay, the number 2 junior in the country
reached his first quarter final.
Abdulla Al Muzayen(KUW) beat Rahul Baitha (IND) 11-6, 11-3, 11-6 ( 25 minutes)
The talented left hander from Kuwait, a former Asian Champion from the Incheon games
dominated proceedings against the gritty Rahul Baitha a junior from the JSW Squash academy.
Baitha, just back from the Asian Juniors in KL was given a class and he was up for it. A superb
learning experience for him and he is bound to emerge stronger. Al Muzayen who was once
ranked 33 delighted with some fine strokes from his amazing repertoire.
Alex Noakes (ENG) beat Ahmad Al Mudhaf (KUW) 11-6, 11-4, 11-8 ( 28 minutes)
The Englishman was in command straightaway and ran out a comfortable straight games winner
Ahmad Al Mudhaf. Alex Noakes is playing his second JSW ISC event in two years and seems to
enjoy it here in Mumbai.
Ravi Dixit (IND) beat Omar Bahgat (EGY) 7-11, 11-3, 11-8, 11-9 ( 38 minutes)
Ravi Dixit, a former Asian junior champion started a little slowly with Omar taking the first. It
was all Ravi thereafter with his measured drops and deception in the forecourt he ensured that
the lanky Egyptian was made to work hard. A creditable win for the Indian who now takes on the
top seed tomorrow.
Sanjay Singh(MAS) beat Abhinav Sinha(IND) 11-6, 11-2, 11-2 ( 19 minutes)
The Malaysian southpaw was always in control against Abhinav Sinha dominating the T and
making his opponent work hard in the forecourt. He now runs into Al Muzayen in an intriguing
Robert Downer(ENG) beat Vijay Kumar(IND) 12-10, 2-11, 11-9, 11-6 ( 43 minutes)
The gritty Indian Wildcard threw the kitchen sink at Downer matching him in a keenly contested
four game encounter. At 8-8 in the third, the Indian had the noisy crowd on edge as he fought
gamely.Downer’s greater experience enabled him to eke out a hard fought win after an absorbing
Edmon Lopez(ESP) beat Tushar Shahani (IND)11-8,11- 9, 11-4 ( 28 minutes)
The 16 year old Tushar , runner up in the B17 category at the recently concluded Asian Juniors
had a superb experience playing three matches in two days. His poise and resilience were useful
allies as he engaged Lopez in some entertaining rallies. Lopez eventually had something to spare
as he emerged a comfortable winner in three games
Iker Bernabeu (ESP) beat Velavan Senthilkumar(IND) 11-6,11- 8, 11-8 ( 51 minutes)
///The Top seeded Bernabeu clashed with the Asian Junior Champion Velavan Senthilkumar in
the last fixture of the night. Senthilkumar showed composure that belied his years and often had
the Spaniard wrong footed. The top seed stayed solid all through. Senthilkumar took a knock on
his lip for an injury timeout before Bernabeu completed it
Liu Tsz Ling(HKG) beat Siyoli Waters(RSA) 11-8, 11-4, 14-12 ( 41 minutes)
A battle of attrition to begin with as they traded early blows to reach 6-6. Liu sharpened the
game considerably to take the first. Building on that momentum, Liu looked like someone in a
hurry as the drops got more and more accurate. Siyoli wasn’t done and showed remarkable poise
to fight back to lead 9-6 in the third, she had three game balls but could;t convert as Liu stayed
solid to win in straight games.
Nadine Shahin(EGY) beat Sachika Ingale(IND) 7-11, 11-5, 11-1, 11-6 ( 31 minutes)
Sachita played a good first game to raise hopes of another Indian in the quarters but after the
initial hiccup it was all Nadine who now plays Annie tomorrow.
Tesni Evans (WAL) beat Tong Tsz Wing(HKG) 11-6, 11-8, 11-3 ( 35 minutes)
Tens was just too solid against Tong and mixed the pace consistently to have her opponent cover
the entire court. Tong had her moments towards the end of the second game when she levelled at
8-8 but Tesni came up with that little extra. A mouth watering quarter final vs Dipika Pallikal
Milou Van Der Heijden(NED) beat Nicolette Fernandes 6-11, 13-11, 11-7, 14-12 ( 55 minutes)
In one of the most absorbing contests of the evening, Milou and Nicolette served up an exciting
fare. The quality of the drops on either side was impressive. Nicolette looked on course to open a
2-0 lead but the stubborn Milou hung in and levelled the match. Trailing 1-2 Nicolette had a
game ball in the 4th as the capacity crowd waited in anticipation for the decided. It was Milou
who stepped over the line for a fine win.
Delia Arnold (MAS) beat Akanksha Salunkhe(IND) 11-2, 11-3, 11-6 ( 18 minutes)
The hard working Indian Wild card got a taste of what the transition is going to be to play at a
higher level. She fought hard but clearly Delia was dictating the course of each rally from the go.
A useful learning experience for Akanksha who is clearly one of India’s promising young
women players. Delia plays Milou tomorrow in what ought to be good contest.
Dipika Pallikal Karthik(IND) beat Mayar Hany(EGY) 10-12, 18-16, 13-11, 11-3 ( 58 minutes)
In the best match of the evening, Dipika was facing rough weather as the young Egyptian was on
fire. Hany had game balls in the second and it could have been a different story at 2-0, but the
greater experience began to show as Dipika found ways to win the crucial points. There was only
some standing room available and at 16-16 in the third, the referee could barely be heard. Hany
pushed hard but Dipika clinched the crucial third with a fine finish. Hany appeared to have lost
momentum and yielded gamely in the fourth. A wake up call for Dipika who stays to fight
Joshana Chinappa (IND) beat Nele Gils(BEL) 11-9, 11-7, 11-9 ( 43 minutes)
In a match where the scoreline doesn’t reflect the closeness, the top ranked player in the draw,
Joshana Chinappa seeded second here was made to fight every inch of the way by the hard
working Nele. She stayed in front from the beginning and always had a bit more during the big
Annie Au (HKG) beat Millie Tomlinson(ENG) 11-5, 11-8, 13-11 ( 35 minutes)
The top seeded Annie joined countrywoman Liu in the quarters in a fine display of clinical
squash. Millie battled gamely and used her drop to advantage but it wasn’t quite enough. Annie
plays Nadine tomorrow.