POSTED DAE : April 3, 2017
Aberdeen: Mahesh Mangaonkar and Vikram Malhotra are on the cusp of becoming the first two Indians to contest a PSA Tour event final away from India. The two have moved into the title round in the North of Scotland Open, a PSA world Tour event, being held here.
Two others Saurav Ghosal and Ritwik Bhattacharya have featured in PSA events final before but both the tournaments were held in India.
The ongoing $10,000 event in Scotland saw second seeded Vikram making steady progress, beating a qualifier South African Tristan Eysele 11-6, 11-6, 11-8 first, then fifth seed Evan Williams (NZL) 11-5, 11-5, 11-8 next to enter the semi-final. In the last four, Vikram set aside the challenge of seventh seed Malaysian Eain Yow Ng, the 2016 world junior champion 11-4, 11-7, 6-11, 11-2. On the other hand, third seed Mahesh had a tougher time and tougher opponents. He accounted for Pakistan's Israr Ahmed 14-12, 12-14, 11-2, 11-4 in the first round. Then, he defeated sixth seed Jan Van Den Herrewegen (Bel) 11-6, 11-3, 4-11, 11-6 for a place in the semi-final. Mahesh moved into the final beating top seed Richie Fallows (Eng) 10-12, 11-8, 13-11, 11-3.