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Asian Games 2016

 

At RG Baruah Sports Complex, Guwahati, India: 8th feb 2016.

 

INDIVIDUAL EVENT

 

JOSHANA CLINCHES GOLD MEDAL AS INJURED SANDHU SETTLES FOR BRONZE

Star player Joshna Chinappa clinched the gold in women's individual squash after beating Maria Toorpaki Wazir of Pakistan in a tense and ill-tempered summit clash to make up for India's dis-appointment in the men's event at the South Asian Games. 

Top seed Chinappa, ranked 14th in the world, recovered from one set down to beat second seed-ed Wazir 10-12 11-7 11-9 11-7 at the brand new squash facility at the R G Baruah Sports Com-plex here.

With Chinappa's gold, India has so far won three medals in squash with Sourav Ghosal and Ha-rinder Pal Singh Sandhu having grabbed a bronze each after losing to their Pakistani opponents. 

Women’s Results:
Final:
[1] Joshna Chinappa (IND) bt [2] Maria Toorpakai Wazir (PAK) 10-12, 11-7, 11-9, 11-7

Semi-finals:
[1] Joshna Chinappa (IND) bt [3/4] Sadia Gul (PAK) 11-9, 11-7, 11-9
[2] Maria Toorpakai Wazir (PAK) bt [3/4] Mihiliya Methsarani (SRI) 11-8, 6-11, 11-2, 11-2

1st round:
[1] Joshna Chinappa (IND) bt Krishna Thapa (NEP) 11-6, 11-4, 11-4
[3/4] Sadia Gul (PAK) bt Naduni Gunawardane (SRI) 11-4, 11-4, 11-4
[3/4] Mihiliya Methsarani (SRI) bt Sunayna Kuruvilla (IND) 6-11, 11-9, 4-11, 11-5, 12-10
[2] Maria Toorpakai Wazir (PAK) bt Bhawana Sunuwar (NEP) 11-4, 11-2, 11-3 

All Men’s Results:
Final:
[2] Nasir Iqbal (PAK) bt [3/4] Farhan Zaman (PAK) 14-12, 11-7, 11-9

Semi-finals:
[3/4] Farhan Zaman (PAK) bt [1] Saurav Ghosal (IND) 11-4, 11-5, 10-12, 11-5
[2] Nasir Iqbal (PAK) bt [3/4] Harinder Pal Singh Sandhu (IND) 11-7, 12-14, 11-7, 6-6 ret.

Quarter-finals:
[1] Saurav Ghosal (IND) bt [5/8] Md Shumon (BAN) 11-5, 11-1, 11-3
[3/4] Farhan Zaman (PAK) bt [5/8] Ravindu Laksiri (SRI) 11-8, 16-14, 11-9
[3/4] Harinder Pal Singh Sandhu (IND) bt [5/8] Shamil Wakeel (SRI) 11-3, 11-8, 11-3
[2] Nasir Iqbal (PAK) bt Arhant Simha (NEP) 11-4, 12-10, 11-0   

 

TEAM EVENT

India regains supremacy in squash

India regained supremacy in squash winning the men’s and women’s team gold medals. Fielding strong teams with top ranked internationals like Saurav Ghosal, Joshna Chinappa and Dipika Karthik, India usurped Pakistan which had won the titles in the past two editions. Joshna started the winning sequence downing Maria Toorpakai in straight games. Joshna prevailed over her opponent 3-0 in the team event.

The final round-robin tie turned out to be a virtual final as both India and Pakistan had won their previous league matches against Sri Lanka and Nepal. Young Sunayana Kuruvilla had to work hard to beat Sammer Anjum 3-2 in the second rubber to clinch the issue for India. India won three golds (women’s individual, team and men’s team) while Pakistan had to be content with one gold (men’s individual).

The results:

Final round-robin ties:

Men: India bt Pakistan 2-1

Saurav Ghosal bt Nasir Iqbal 11-7, 11-8, 11-7;

Ravi Dixit lost to Danish Atlas Khan 3-11, 8-11, 11-6, 6-11;

Kush Kumar bt Farhan Zaman 11-3, 11-8, 12-10

 

Women:

India bt Pakistan 2-0

Joshana Chinappa bt Maria Toorpakai 11-8, 4-11, 11-5, 11-9;

Sunayana Kuruvilla bt Sammer Anjum 10-12, 11-7, 11-7, 8-11, 11-6;

Dipika Karthik vs Sadia Gul 0-0

 

     
 

Asian Games 2014

 

in Incheon, South Korea (23rd September 2014)

     
  Men’s team give India first ever gold in 17th Asian Games squash, women’s team silver, Men’s individual silver & Women’s individual bronze: 27/9/2014

Saurav Ghosal and Harinder Pal Sandhu played against all odds to beat tough Malaysian opponents 2-0 in the best-of-three men’s squash title contest to provide India with first ever gold in Asian Games.

Giant killer Sandhu pulled off a shocker when he upset Mohd Azlan Iskandar, who had won the singles gold four years ago at Guangzhou, in four games after playing like a man possessed.

He played some very good shots from the forecourt and used the side walls beautifully to carve out a 3-1 victory to give India a great 1-0 start.

Top seed Ghosal, who had squandered the gold medal after holding a commanding 2-0 lead and a match-ball in the third to Kuwait’s Abdullah Almazayen earlier in the week, then fought tooth and nail to make a comeback from 0-1 down and get the better of Malaysian veteran and former world no 7 Ong Beng Hee 3-2 to help India snatch the gold medal.

Earlier, the Indian women were beaten 0-2 in the team final by Malaysia who were spearheaded by world no 1 Nicol David in the gold medal contest to settle for the silver.

Delia Arnold gave Malaysia the lead when she defeated a fighting Anaka Alankamony 3-0
Nicol David, then, expectedly got the better of India’s no 1 player Dipika Pallikal 3-0 to clinch the gold medal.

India, thus, emerged with a total haul of one gold (men’s team event), two silver (women’s team event and men’s individual event) and one bronze (women’s individual event) from the Games, their best show thus far in ASIAN GAMES.

ALL RESULTS:
MEN’S TEAM EVENT (GOLD MEDAL):
Final:
[3] INDIA bt [2] MALAYSIA 2/0
Harinder Pal Sandhu bt Mohd Azlan Iskandar 11-8, 11-6, 8-11, 11-4 (58m)
Saurav Ghosal bt Ong Beng Hee 6-11, 11-7, 11-6, 12-14, 11-9 (88m)
Mahesh Mangaonkar v Mohd Nafiizwan Adnan (match withdrawn)

Semi-finals:
[3] INDIA bt [4] KUWAIT 2/0
Mahesh Mangaonkar bt Ammar Altamimi 11-4, 11-3, 12-10 (37m)
Saurav Ghosal bt Abdullah Al Muzayen 11-8, 7-11, 11-9, 5-11, 11-3 (62m)
Harinder Pal Sandhu v Ali Bader Al-Ramzi (match withdrawn)

Pool B:
[3] INDIA bt JORDAN 2/1
[3] INDIA bt CHINA 3/0
[3] INDIA bt JAPAN 3/0
Final positions: 1 Malaysia, 2 India, 3 Jordan, 4 Japan, 5 China

WOMEN’S TEAM EVENT (SILVER):
Final:
[1] MALAYSIA bt [3] INDIA 2/0
Delia Arnold bt Anaka Alankamony 11-9, 12-10, 11-2 (43m)
Nicol David bt Dipika Pallikal 11-7, 11-6, 11-3 (29m)
Low Wee Wern v Joshana Chinappa (match withdrawn)

Semi-finals:
[1] MALAYSIA bt [2] HONG KONG CHINA 2/0
[3] INDIA bt REPUBLIC OF KOREA 2/0

MEN’S INDIVIDUAL EVENT (SILVER):
Final:
[5/8] Abdullah Al Muzayen (KUW) bt [1] Saurav Ghosal (IND) 10-12, 2-11, 14-12, 11-8, 11-9 (87m)

Semi-finals:
[1] Saurav Ghosal (IND) bt [3/4] Ong Beng Hee (MAS) 11-9, 11-4, 11-5 (45m)
[5/8] Abdullah Al Muzayen (KUW) bt [2] Max Lee (HKG) 6-11, 11-8, 4-11, 11-6, 11-8 (75m)

Quarter-finals:
[1] Saurav Ghosal (IND) bt [5/8] Nasir Iqbal (PAK) 11-6, 9-11, 11-2, 11-9 (58m)
[3/4] Ong Beng Hee (MAS) bt [5/8] Leo Au (HKG) 11-8, 9-11, 11-9, 11-7 (68m)
[5/8] Abdullah Al Muzayen (KUW) bt [3/4] Mohd Nafiizwan Adnan (MAS) 11-7, 6-11, 11-6, 11-6 (65m)
[2] Max Lee (HKG) bt [5/8] Abdulla Mohd Al Tamimi (QAT) 11-4, 11-5, 9-11, 8-11, 11-2 (55m)

2nd round:
[1] Saurav Ghosal (IND) bt [9/16] Ahmad Al-Saraj (JOR) 11-2, 11-4, 11-3 (34m)
[5/8] Abdullah Al Muzayen (KUW) bt [9/16] Harinder Pal Sandhu (IND) 11-4, 11-6, 11-2 (27m)

WOMEN’S INDIVIDUAL EVENT (BRONZE):
Final:
[1] Nicol David (MAS) bt [2] Low Wee Wern (MAS) 9-11, 11-6, 11-5, 12-10 (60m)

Semi-finals:
[1] Nicol David (MAS) bt [3/4] Dipika Pallikal (IND) 11-4, 11-4, 11-5 (25m)
[2] Low Wee Wern (MAS) bt [3/4] Annie Au (HKG) 11-9, 11-5, 11-5 (39m)

Quarter-finals:
[1] Nicol David (MAS) bt [5/8] Misaki Kobayashi (JPN) 11-7, 11-5, 11-7 (31m)
[3/4] Dipika Pallikal (IND) bt [5/8] Joshana Chinappa (IND) 7-11, 11-9, 11-8, 15-17, 11-9 (87m)
[3/4] Annie Au (HKG) bt [5/8] Maria Toorpakai Wazir (PAK) 11-3, 11-4, 11-4 (18m)
[2] Low Wee Wern (MAS) bt [5/8] Joey Chan (HKG) 11-6, 8-11, 11-6, 11-5 (53m)
 
     
 

India and Malaysia claim their first Asian Youth Golds at Asian Youth Games 2013 (Individual Event)

 

in Nanjing, China (19th Agust 2013)

     
17 year old Kush Kumar became the first Indian to win a Gold medal at the 2nd Asian Youth Games 2013 being held in Nanjing, China.

Kush started off well with an aggressive pace, but was being caught time and again by Shafeeq's delicate drops and some awesome deceptive play. However, Kush managed to narrowly win the first. The second was an almost one sided affair with Syafiq putting the ball away at will.

In the third, Kush was 8-3 down. He changed to a simple basic game at medium pace. One massive rally and Syafiq surrendered a few easy points and the game. Kush maintained the same medium paced basic game to take the 4th game and the Gold.

The girls finals played first was between Hong Kong's Pansy Chan the 2nd seed and Malaysia's top seed Vanessa Raj. Vanessa won the first easily but let down by errors in the second.

She played much better lengths to win the third and fourth games. Although Vanessa appeared tired she just about managed to secure the last two points and the gold medal for Malaysia.

Boy’s Final:
[1] Kush Kumar (IND) bt [2] Mohd Syafiq Kamal (MAS) 11-9, 5-11, 11-9, 11-7 (57m)

Semi-finals:
[1] Kush Kumar (IND) bt [3/4] Ng Eain Yow (MAS) 11-6, 11-13, 11-9, 11-8 (47m)
[2] Mohd Syafiq Kamal (MAS) bt [3/4] Yuen Tsun-Hei (HKG) 11-8, 7-11, 11-3, 11-7 (40m)

Quarter-finals:
[1] Kush Kumar (IND) bt Chris Lo (HKG) 11-4, 11-13, 11-6, 13-11 (52m)
[3/4] Ng Eain Yow (MAS) bt Israr Ahmed (PAK) 11-7, 11-4, 11-5 (29m)
[3/4] Yuen Tsun-Hei (HKG) bt Vijay Meena Kumar (IND) 8-11, 11-6, 11-3, 9-11, 11-9 (59m)
[2] Mohd Syafiq Kamal (MAS) bt Ravindu Laksiri (SRI) 11-7, 11-3, 11-9 (26m)

2nd round:
[1] Kush Kumar (IND) bt Hamzah Alzubaidi (JOR) 11-7, 11-5, 11-7 (25m)
Vijay Meena Kumar (IND) bt Ryunosuke Tsukue (JPN) 11-3, 11-8, 12-10 (27m)

Girl’s Final:
[1] Vanessa Raj (MAS) bt [2] Pansy Chan (HKG) 11-3, 6-11, 11-7, 11-9 (52m)

Semi-finals:
[1] Vanessa Raj (MAS) bt Mihiliya Methsarani (SRI) 11-0, 11-5, 11-9 (28m)
[2] Pansy Chan (HKG) bt [3/4] Choi Uen Shan (HKG) 6-11, 9-11, 18-16, 11-2, 11-7 (57m)

Quarter-finals:
[1] Vanessa Raj (MAS) bt Tanvi Khanna (IND) 11-6, 11-7, 11-4 (20m)
Mihiliya Methsarani (SRI) bt [3/4] Rachel Arnold (MAS) 5-11, 5-11, 11-3, 11-9, 11-7 (38m)
[3/4] Choi Uen Shan (HKG) bt Satomi Watanabe (JPN) 11-7, 8-11, 11-3, 11-6 (35m)
[2] Pansy Chan (HKG) bt Harshit Kaur Jawanda (IND) 11-9, 2-11, 11-3, 12-10 (34m)

1st round:
Tanvi Khanna (IND) bt Momoka Nakahira (JPN) 11-9, 11-3, 11-7 (17m)
Harshit Kaur Jawanda (IND) bt Zhou Libo (CHN) 11-0, 11-1, 11-2 (13m)
   
 

GOLD MEDAL FOR MALAYSIA AND BRONZE FOR INDIA in Womens Event at Asian Youth Games 2013 (Team Event)

 

in Nanjing, China (23rd Agust 2013)

   
  Final:
[1] MALAYSIA bt [2] HONG KONG CHINA 2/0
Rachel Arnold bt Choi Uen Shan 5-11, 11-7, 13-11, 12-10 (49m)
Vanessa Raj bt Pansy Chan 11-6, 8-11, 11-7, 11-3 (78m)

3rd place play-off (bronze medal):
[3] INDIA bt [4] JAPAN
*****

Semi-finals:
[1] MALAYSIA bt [3] INDIA 2/0
Celine Yeap bt Adya Advani 11-7, 11-9, 11-8
Vanessa Raj bt Harshit Kaur Jawanda 11-0, 12-10, 4-11, 6-11, 11-6 (42m)

[2] HONG KONG CHINA bt [4] JAPAN 2/1
Chan Ho-Ching bt Ayaka Shiraishi 11-1, 11-4, 11-2
Pansy Chan lost to Satomi Watanabe 9-11, 9-11, 10-12
Choi Uen Shan bt Momoka Nakahira 11-5, 11-5, 11-6

Indian boys win squash silver at Asian Youth Games, Nanjing (China): 23/8/2013

India went down 1-2 to Malaysia in the final to settle for the silver medal in the boys squash team event at the Asian Youth Games.

The Indians fought all the way in a match that could have gone either way, but the Malaysians delivered when it mattered most, winning the opening two singles matches in the fifth game before Darren Ti Lunn Chan closed the tie defeating Madhav Yogesh Dhingra 3-1.

Final:
[2] MALAYSIA bt [1] INDIA 2/1
Ng Eain Yow lost to Vijay Meena Kumar 11-5, 11-7, 9-11, 6-11, 5-11 (64m)
Mohd Syafiq Kamal bt Kush Kumar 11-4, 7-11, 11-3, 10-12, 11-6 (55m)
Darren Chan bt Madhav Dhingra 11-3, 8-11, 11-7, 11-1 (37m)

Semi-finals:
[1] INDIA bt [3] HONG KONG CHINA 2/1
Madhav Dhingra lost to Tsz Kwan Lau 11-6, 9-11, 6-11, 7-11 (45m)
Kush Kumar bt Yuen Tsun-Hei 11-5, 11-5, 1-11, 11-13, 11-8 (59m)
Vijay Meena Kumar bt Chris Lo 8-11, 13-11, 8-11, 11-8, 11-8 (66m)

[2] MALAYSIA bt [5] JORDAN 2/0
Darren Chan bt Ali Assaf 11-6, 11-5, 11-7 (21m)
Mohd Syafiq Kamal bt Mohammad Alsaraj 11-7, 11-4, 9-11, 3-11, 14-12 (56m)
   
 

Pakistan Stop Malaysian Clean Sweep In Asian Games

 

At Guangzhou, China (28th Nov 2010)

  Men's team
Final:
PAKISTAN bt MALAYSIA 2/0

Farhan Mehboob bt Ong Beng Hee 11-4, 11-4, 11-7 (23m)
Aamir Atlas Khan bt Mohd Azlan Iskandar 14-12, 15-13, 11-4 (44m)
Semi-finals:
PAKISTAN bt INDIA 2/0

Farhan Mehboob bt Siddharth Suchde 16-14, 10-12, 11-9, 11-5 (83m)
Aamir Atlas Khan bt Saurav Ghosal 15-13, 5-11, 11-5, 11-6 (52m)
MALAYSIA bt HONG KONG 2/0
Mohd Nafiizwan Adnan bt Dick Lau 9-11, 11-6, 6-11, 11-2, 11-6 (68m)
Mohd Azlan Iskandar bt Max Lee 11-4, 11-5, 11-4 (36m)

Mens :
Final:

[1] Mohd Azlan Iskandar (MAS) bt [3/4] Aamir Atlas Khan (PAK) 11-6, 11-7, 11-6 (39m)
Semi-finals:
[1] Mohd Azlan Iskandar (MAS) bt [3/4] Saurav Ghosal (IND) 11-5, 6-11, 11-5, 12-10 (68m)
[3/4] Aamir Atlas Khan (PAK) bt [2] Ong Beng Hee (MAS) 11-5, 11-8, 9-11, 15-13 (54m)
Quarter-finals:
[1] Mohd Azlan Iskandar (MAS) bt [5/8] Max Lee (HKG) 3-11, 11-5, 11-4, 11-6 (60m)
[3/4] Saurav Ghosal (IND) bt [5/8] Siddharth Suchde (IND) 11-6, 11-6, 11-7 (44m)
[3/4] Aamir Atlas Khan (PAK) bt [5/8] Farhan Mehboob (PAK) 11-7, 11-5, 10-12, 11-8 (57m)
[2] Ong Beng Hee (MAS) bt [5/8] Abdullah Almezayen (KUW) 4-11, 11-7, 13-11, 9-11, 11-3 (69m)

Womens :
Final:
[1] Nicol David (MAS) bt [2] Annie Au (HKG) 11-8, 8-11, 11-6, 11-7 (39m)
Semi-finals:
[1] Nicol David (MAS) bt [3/4] Low Wee Wern (MAS) 11-9, 11-3, 11-4 (25m)
[2] Annie Au (HKG) bt [3/4] Joey Chan (HKG) 11-7, 2-11, 11-9, 11-9 (40m)
Quarter-finals:
[1] Nicol David (MAS) bt [5/8] Dipika Pallikal (IND) 11-8, 7-11, 11-6, 11-4 (38m)
[3/4] Low Wee Wern (MAS) bt [5/8] Joshna Chinappa (IND) 7-11, 9-11, 11-8, 11-9, 11-3 (61m)
[3/4] Joey Chan (HKG) bt [5/8] Song Sun-Mi (KOR) 11-6, 11-5, 11-2 (25m)
[2] Annie Au (HKG) bt [5/8] Misaki Kobayashi (JPN) 11-3, 11-8, 10-12, 11-6 (31m)

Women's team :
Final:
MALAYSIA bt HONG KONG 2/0

Low Wee Wern bt Rebecca Chiu 11-4, 7-11, 11-6, 11-9 (54m)
Nicol David bt Annie Au 11-8, 11-7, 11-6 (33m)
Semi-finals:
MALAYSIA bt INDIA 2/0
Low Wee Wern bt Anaka Alankamony 11-2, 11-4, 11-6 (22m)
Nicol David bt Joshna Chinappa 11-4, 11-2, 11-3 (18m)
HONG KONG bt SOUTH KOREA 2/0
Rebecca Chiu bt Park Eun Ok 11-5, 12-10, 11-8 (31m)
Annie Au bt Song Sun-Mi 11-7, 11-2, 11-4 (22m)
   
 

Asian Games 2006, Doha

Hum main hain dum!
Article in Mid-day : December 13, 2006 

DOHA: Indian squash made history yesterday, with Saurav Ghosal becoming the first ever Indian to be on course for a medal in the sport at the Asian Games. In his quest, Ghosal beat countrymate Ritwik Bhattacharya in the quarter-final and is now assured of at least a bronze. However, India’s top two seeds believe this is just the beginning.
Ill-fated collision

“Another couple of years and we will be in the top 20 squash players of the world,” Bhattacharya, who is currently ranked 45 in the world, told MiD DAY at the Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex yesterday.

He went down 1-3 (9-4, 9-0, 6-9, 9-7) to Ghosal in what was an “unfortunate” collision of both Indians in the penultimate stage of the tournament. “It’s so unfortunate that we had to play each other in the quarters. If not then at least one of us would have a better chance of going for the silver or maybe even the gold,” said Ghosal.


No coaches

However, Bhattacharya feels Indian squash can only go ahead from here. “We may not have too many courts back home to practice on right now, but they are coming up in quite a few places across India, namely Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, etc. The current problem however is a dearth of proper coaches in India. That’s an area we must improve on,” said Bhattacharya.

Another factor that could help Indian squash improve is increased interaction with neighbours Pakistan, who have a rich history, when it comes to producing world class squash players like the Jehangir and the Jamsher Khans. “There should be more tournaments between India and Pak. This exchange of ideas and strategies will benefit both countries,” said Bhattacharya.

No pressure

Meanwhile, Ghosal desperately wants to win his semi-final match against top seed Ong Beng Hee of Malaysia, who is currently ranked 18 in the world and has a career best ranking of 7. “Hee is a very good player. Though I go into the match without any pressure, as he is the top seed, I would like to win here. It will be the best thing to happen to Indian squash,” added Ghosal.

Source : http://www.mid-day.com/sports/international/2006/december/148377.htm 

   
  South Asian Games Squash Championship
At Colombo, Sri Lanka : 26/08/2006
 
Zaman & Chinappa Retain South Asian Games Titles

Pakistan's Mansoor Zaman and India's Joshna Chinappa successfully defended their squash titles in the South Asian Games at the Gymkhana Club in Sri Lanka's largest city Colombo.

Left-hander Zaman, the world No28 from Peshawar, faced 16-year-old compatriot Aamir Atlas Khan in the final after both players beat 3/4 seeds from India - Harinder Pal Sandhu and Gaurav Nandrajog, respectively - in the semi-finals.

Second seed Khan shocked his more experienced top-seeded opponent by taking a 2/1 lead in the final – but Zaman regained his composure to win 9-5, 7-9, 4-9, 9-2, 9-0 to retain the title he won two years ago in Islamabad, in his home country.

In the women's final, 19-year-old Joshna Chinappa from Chennai took on 14-year-old rising star Dipika Pallikal, also from Chennai. The two top-seeded Indians had overcome their anticipated opponents – Sri Lankan 3/4 seeds, sisters Tehani Guruge and Nirasha Guruge – in the previous round.

Favourite Chinappa was too strong for Pallikal in the final, winning 9-6, 9-6, 9-1.

Women's Final:
[1] Joshna Chinappa (IND) bt [2] Dipika Pallikal (IND) 9-6, 9-6, 9-1
Men's Final:
[1] Mansoor Zaman (PAK) bt [2] Aamir Atlas Khan (PAK) 9-5, 7-9, 4-9, 9-2, 9-0

Men's Semi-finals:
[1] Mansoor Zaman (PAK) bt [3/4] Harinder Pal Sandhu (IND) 9-0, 9-2, 9-2
[2] Aamir Atlas Khan (PAK) bt [3/4] Gaurav Nandrajog (IND) 9-2, 9-3, 9-3

Women's Semi-finals:
[1] Joshna Chinappa (IND) bt [3/4] Tehani Guruge (SRI) 9-3, 9-0, 9-5
[2] Dipika Pallikal (IND) bt [3/4] Nirasha Guruge (SRI) 9-7, 9-6, 9-3

Source : http://www.worldsquash.org