Nicol David & Leo Au wins gold as
Joshana settles for bronze in Asian Squash Championship
Nicol David denied Hong Kong's Annie Au and Leo Au
the first sibling double in the Asian Squash
Championships when the world number one from Malaysia
clinched her ninth women's title in the 18th staging of
the regional championships at the Sheikh Salem Al Sabah
International Squash Complex in Kuwait.
the 31-year-old from Penang who has topped the world
rankings for an all-time record 109 months, first became
Asian champion in 1998 - and retained the biennial title
over the next seven championships before being unable to
compete in the 2013 event.
 Nicol David (MAS) bt  Annie Au (HKG) 12-10, 11-7,
Nicol David (MAS) bt  Joshana Chinappa (IND) 11-6,
11-9, 11-7 (34m)  Annie Au (HKG) bt  Delia
Arnold (MAS) 7-11, 11-9, 9-11, 12-10, 11-4 (75m)
Malaysia & Pakistan Share Asian Team Success: 16 June
Pakistan retained the men's title
and Malaysia reclaimed the women's title in the Buler
Asian Team Squash Championships, the 17th staging of the
region's most prestigious biennial event which was held
at the Hong Kong Squash Centre in Hong Kong China.
After missing out in 2010 and 2012, Malaysia lived
up to their top billing in the women's championship by
defeating hosts Hong Kong 2/0 to secure the trophy for
the eighth time.
Final:  PAKISTAN
bt  MALAYSIA 2/1
 INDIA bt  KUWAIT
Semi-finals:  MALAYSIA bt  INDIA 2/0 Ivan Yuen bt Harinder Pal Sandhu 0-11, 11-8,
11-6, 10-12, 12-10 Ong Beng Hee bt Saurav Ghosal
12-10, 10-12, 11-8, 11-8 Mohd Nafiizwan Adnan v
Mahesh Mangaonkar (match withdrawn)
PAKISTAN bt  KUWAIT 2/0
Quarter-finals:  INDIA bt  SINGAPORE 2/0 Saurav Ghosal bt Samuel Kang 11-3, 11-5, 11-6
Harinder Pal Sandhu bt Marcus Phua 11-6, 11-3, 7-11,
11-9 Mahesh Mangaonkar v Vivian Rhamanan (match
withdrawn)  MALAYSIA bt  HONG KONG
CHINA 2/0  KUWAIT bt  JAPAN 2/0 
PAKISTAN bt  IRAN 2/0
Qualifying rounds - Pool A:  INDIA bt  IRAN
3/0 Saurav Ghosal bt Mohammad Reza
Sadeghpour 11-4, 11-5, 11-3 Mahesh Mangaonkar bt
Navid Maleksabet 11-3, 11-5, 11-4 Harinder Pal
Sandhu bt Mohammad Sanaee 11-6, 11-8, 12-10
 INDIA bt  QATAR 3/0 Saurav Ghosal bt
Abdulla Mohd Al Tamimi 9-11, 11-6, 11-7, 12-10
Mahesh Mangaonkar bt Abdulrahman Al-Malki 11-6, 11-6,
11-4 Harinder Pal Sandhu bt Ahmed Mohammed Al Tamimi
11-4, 11-4, 12-10  INDIA bt 
PHILIPPINES 3/0 Mahesh Mangaonkar bt
Reymark Begornia 11-2, 11-3, 11-3 Harinder Pal
Sandhu bt David Pelino 11-2, 11-6, 7-11, 11-5 Ravi
Dixit bt Lydio Espinola Jr 11-4, 11-2, 11-4
Women's Buler Asian
Team Championship 2014, Hong Kong Squash Centre, Hong
Kong China : 11-15 June 2014
Final:  MALAYSIA bt  HONG
KONG CHINA 2-0
3rd place:  INDIA bt  JAPAN
 MALAYSIA bt  INDIA 2/0 Delia Arnold
bt Anaka Alankamony 11-6, 11-1, 11-5 Nicol David bt
Dipika Pallikal 11-5, 11-5, 11-8 Low Wee Wern v
Joshana Chinappa (match withdrawn)
HONG KONG CHINA bt  JAPAN 2/0
Qualifying rounds Pool B:  INDIA bt
 IRAN 3/0 Dipika Pallikal bt Parand
Dolatyzadeh 11-5, 11-0, 11-5 Joshana Chinappa bt
Arezoosadat Mousavizadeh 11-6, 11-4, 11-7 Anaka
Alankamony bt Fatemehalsadat Haidary 11-5, 11-1, 11-3
 HONG KONG CHINA bt  INDIA 2/1 Joey Chan bt Dipika Pallikal 9-11, 12-10, 4-11,
11-7, 11-8 Liu Tsz-Ling lost to Joshana Chinappa
9-11, 8-11, 11-9, 6-11 Tong Tsz-Wing bt Anaka
Alankamony 10-12, 9-11, 11-6, 11-5, 11-7 
INDIA bt  CHINA 3/0 Dipika Pallikal bt
Li Dongjin 11-4, 11-6, 11-4 Joshana Chinappa bt Gu
Jinyue 11-5, 11-3, 9-11, 11-7 Aparajitha Balamurukan
bt Duan Siyu 11-5, 11-5, 11-3  INDIA bt
 PAKISTAN 3/0 Joshana Chinappa bt Maria
Toorpakai Wazir 11-13, 11-6, 11-13, 11-8, 11-7 Anaka
Alankamony bt Muqaddas Ashraf 11-5, 11-9, 11-6
Aparajitha Balamurukan bt Sammer Anjum 11-5, 11-7, 9-11,
history or getting into the record books in sport requires "discipline,
flair and a never-say-die fighting spirit,". And the Indian women's
squash team of Dipika Pallikal, Joshna
Alankamony and Aparjitha Balamurukan displayed all the three qualities
while making history at the Asian Team Squash Championship in Kuwait.
The third-seeded Indians shocked top seeds Hong
Kong in the final to lift the women's crown, with Joshna and Dipika
outplaying higher-ranked opponents. This is the first time Indian squash
players have won an Asian title, their best being third place finishes in
both the men's and women's section in 2010.
However, it was a mixed day for the Indians with the men's team of Sourav
Ghosal, Siddharth Suchde, Harinder Pal Sandhu and Mahesh Mangaonkar going
down to Pakistan
in the title clash.
But that didn't stop the Indians girls from celebrating during the awards
ceremony, where they climbed up the podium wrapped in the tri-colour.
The Indians went into the final against Hong Kong as underdogs with Dipika
(World No. 14) set to take on Annie Au, who is currently ranked No. 6 in the
World. Joshna (World No. 71), who is coming back from an injury layoff, had
the formidable task of taking on World No. 16 Joey Chan.
But Joshna, who opened the final tie for the Indians, went into the match
all guns blazing, surprising Chan.
The match went into five games but Joshna always had the upper hand in
Then Dipika came up with a disciplined effort against Au. Dipika played to
stick to the basics and play a no-frills game against her higher-ranked
opponent and the Chennai girl stuck to that game plan and won the title for
In the men’s Mehboob, who took on Ghosal, was scoring winners at will from
all over the court. But Ghosal stepped up his play too and stretched it to
the fifth and deciding game but Mehboob's inspired show prevailed.
Suchde, meanwhile, began on the back foot against Zaman and came back from
two games down to take the match to the decider where he faltered.
The India’s men’s team equalled its silver-winning
performance in the team championship in the inaugural edition of the
tournament held in 1981 in Karachi.
Mohd. Nafiizwan Adnan and Nicol David claimed both the men's
and women's championships, respectively, at the 2011 Asian Individual Squash
Championships held at the
however lost to
Malaysia's Ong Beng Hee in the semi final.
: Men's : [3/4]Mohd Nafizwan Mohd Adnan (MAS)bt
 Ong Beng Hee (MAS) 11-7, 7-11, 11-7, 11-8 Womens
:  Nicol David (MAS) bt  Au Wing-Chi
Annie (HK) 11-3, 11-2, 11-5
Indian men and women had to be satisfied with bronze medals after
losing to Pakistan and Malaysia respectively in the semifinals of
the squash event. Though both teams lost in straight games (0-2),
the men fought a lot harder before bowing to Pakistan.
India could not win a medal in the women's singles as Dipika Pallikal and
Joshana Chinappa crashed out in the quarter-finals.
Three bronze medals was a
considerable improvement for the Indian squash squad which had
gone home with a solitary bronze won by Saurav Ghosal in the last
edition in Doha.
Team Event Finals: Malaysia beat Hongkong 2-0 Low Wee Wern beat Rebecca Chiu 11-4, 7-11, 11-6, 11-9
David beat Annie Au 11-8, 11-7, 11-6
Semifinals (Bronze Medal for India)
beat India 2-0 Anaka
Alankamony lost to Low Wee Wern 2-11, 4-11, 6-11
Joshana Chinappa lost to Nicol David 4-11, 2-11 3-11
lost to Hongkong 3-0
Pallikal lost to Wing Yin Chiu 8-11, 11-9, 10-12, 5-11.
Chinappa lost to Chi Annie Au and lost 7-11, 7-11, 9-11.
Alankamony lost to Ho Ling Chan 9-11, 11-6, 8-11, 6-11.
Vaman Apte won the Masters 50-54 age group title, while three other
Indians finished runners-up, in the 3rd Asian Junior &
Masters Squash Championship, held in Colombo, Sri Lanka.
Avinash Bhavnani of Otters Club lost to Sgt. Wickramasinghe of Sri Lanka
3-2 in the over-35 final that could have gone either way until the Indian
lost the decider 8-11.
Deepak Moolani of Pune and Mohanish Sawant were runners-up in the over-45
and over-40 categories, respectively.
Former boys’ under-15 British Open champion Mahesh Mangaonkar finished
sixth in the under-19, Saumya Karki, who recently clinched a double in the
Otters Open, was seventh in the girls’ under-19 and Madhav Dhingra of
Otters Club went down 1-3 to second seed Ammad Farid of Pakistan in the
second round of the juniors main draw, and reached the Classic Plate
Master’s 35 – 39
: Lal Wickramasinghe W (SRI) Bt Avinash Bhavnani (IND) 11-6, 8-11,
10-12, 11-5, 11-8 Master’s 40 – 44 : Wg Cdr Irfan Agshar (PAK) Bt Mohanish Sawant
(IND) 11-8, 11-8, 11-8 Master’s 45 – 49 : Deepak Moolani (IND) Bt Gary Fung Fuk Ming (CHN)
11-5, 13-11, 5-11, 5-11, 11-6 Master’s 50 – 54 : Vaman Apte (IND) Bt Suresh Gurung (NEP)
12/10, 11/7, 11/1 Master’s 55 – 59 : William Fan Ying Wai (HKG) Bt Major S.Maniam
(MAS) 5/11, 11/3, 11/7, W/O Women’s : Hong Shen (CHN) Bt Jin Lu (CHN) 11/4, 11/3, 11/4
and Hong Kong China emerged winners of the men's and women's team events
at the Asian squash championships held at Indian Squash Academy.
failed to retain the title after a disappointing 2-0 defeat to Pakistan in
the final. National number three Mohd Nafiizwan Adnan went down 5-11,11-7,
4-11, 4-11 to Yasir Butt of Pakistan in the first tie.
crowned Asian champion Mohd Azlan Iskandar was a big letdown as all the
attention was on him to level the score but he floundered to go down 8-11,
9-11, 11-13 to Aamir Atlas Khan.
defeated Aamir in the final of the individual final after the Pakistani
player retired in the third set because of a leg injury.
stopped Malaysia from winning the team title for the third straight time.
Malaysia won the last two editions in Taiwan (2006) and Kuwait (2008) by
defeating Pakistan on both occasions.
Sarangi, the government of Tamil Nadu's sports secretary and Srivatsan
Subramaniam, the SRFI secretary general, gave away the prizes.
Indian women's hopes of regaining the title were dashed as they put up a
poor show against second seeded Hong Kong who crushed them 2-0 to regain
the team title in the 15th Asian Squash championships at the Indian
was a disappointing day for India as the team's star campaigner Joshna
Chinnappa went down tamely. In the first singles match, Anika Alankamony,
the rising talent, who was the youngest to win a WISPA singles title
earlier this year, showed promise in the first game, up 2-6 against Goey
Chana drew level 6-6 but Anika went on to win 7-11. However, Chan recouped
in time to win the next three games 11-1, 11-9,11-7.
put immense pressure on India's no 1 Joshna Chinnappa. But the world no
48, failed to hit form against Hong Kong's Rebecca Chieu, seeded no 2 and
the singles runner up. Like Anaka, Joshna also began in style with a 7-4
lead in the first game.But
Chieu with more experience behind her, drew level 7-7 with some fine shots
even as Joshna failed to hold her nerve. Rebecca won 11-7, 11-2, 11-5.
2-0 lead meant that Hong Kong saved themselves the trouble of playing the
third singles in which Annie Au was to take on Dipika Pallikal. The Hong
Kong eves required just 48 minutes to sweep the Indian eves off their
feet, as it were.
said “the win against Malaysia in the semifinals gave us the confidence
and determination to win the crown
Kong women had last won the team title in the year 2000.
Hong Kong China bt India 2-0 Joey Chan bt Anaka Alankamony 7-11, 11-1, 11-9, 11-7;
Rebecca Chiu bt Joshna Chinappa 11-7, 11-2, 11-5).
: India bt Korea 2-0 Anaka Alankamony bt Kim Ga Hye 11-8, 11-3, 11-8
Joshna Chinappa bt Sun Mi Song 11-2, 11-4, 11-8
Kong China bt Malaysia 2-1
Matches: (as India topped their pool they were in semi-finals)
India bt Hong Kong China 2-1 (day 2) Joshna Chinappa bt Rebecca Chiu 11-4, 11-7, 4-11, 11-7
Dipika Pallikal bt Annie Au 11-6, 11-4, 11-8
Anaka Alankamony lost to Joey Chan 3-11, 11-6, 11-8, 11-5
boys’ team set up a semifinal date with Korea at the Asian junior squash
championship, after it rallied to beat Hong Kong 2-1 in a group encounter.
however, made the semifinals of the girls competition, where it will take
on favourite Malaysia on Thursday. Korea with face Hong Kong in the other
bt Hong Kong 2-1
Aditya Jagtap lost to Leo Au 6-11, 8-11, 11-13
Karan Malik bt Ngo Long Fung 11-9, 5-11, 11-5, 6-11, 11-7
Ravi Dixit bt Nelson Chan 11-7, 11-9, 11-8
Aditya Jagtap bt Hayate Gunji 11-4, 11-8, 11-4
Karan Malik bt Ryosei Kobayashi 11-2, 11-5, 11-4
Paramit Singh bt Tomataka Endo 11-2, 11-9, 11-6
Hong Kong bt India 2-1
Dipika Pallikal lost to Tsz Ling Liu 14-12, 11-8, 7-11 (retired hurt)
Anaka Alankamony bt Ka Man Lee 7-11, 12-10, 15-13, 10-12, 11-8
V. Anwesha Reddy lost to Tsz Wing Tong 6-11, 11-4, 6-11, 11-13
Chinese Taipei 3-0
Ravi Dixit bt Kai-Han Chuang 11-3, 11-3, 11-5
Karan Malik bt Chun-Yu Chang 11-7, 11-3, 11-2
Paramit Singh bt Ching-Han Chen 11-1, 11-1, 11-6
Top seeds Mohd Azlan
Iskandar and Nicol David won the fifth successive Malaysian
double in the Asian Squash Championships in the 14th
staging of the biennial event in Kuwait.
David, voted the 'Asian Sportswoman of the Year' in December, has now won
the prestigious title for a remarkable six times in a row - since first
claiming the crown in 1998 as a 14-year-old!
The triumph also marks the fourth Asian Championship final in which David
has beaten Chiu - and brings the total of her regional singles titles
(including the Asian Games and Asian Junior Championships)
Malaysia 2-1 Kuwait
Azlan Iskandar bt Abdullah Al-Mezayen 10/8, 9/2, 9/6 (43m)
Mohd. Nafizwan lost to Ali Al-Ramzi 2/9, 8/10, 4/9 (67m)
Ong Beng Hee bt Salim Fayeez 9/3, 9/0, 9/8 (41m)
Malaysia 2-1 Hongkong
Nicol David bt Rebecca Chiu 9/2, 9/5, 9/2
Delia Arnold lost to Joey Chan 9/3, 9/4, 5/9, 9/2
Sharon Wee bt Elise Ng 9/5, 9/4, 6/9, 9/3
INDIAN WOMEN GET MAIDEN
SILVER, MEN SETTLE FOR 4TH POSITION
Indian women team who had reached the historic finals lost
tamely to mighty Malaysian team in the 11th Asian Squash Championship. The
Indian women's team comprising Joshna, Vaidehi Reddy (who was adjudged the
most promising player), Mekhala Subedar and Priyanka Yadav (reserve) shocked
last year's silver medallists, Hong Kong, beat Korea, and finally strong
Japan, to enter the finals. It was the very first time that any Indian
squash team reached a final of the Senior Asian Championship. This, in
itself, is an achievement, as the two girls, Joshna and Vaidehi, are only 15
and 16 years old, respectively and were playing women over 24 years old
FINAL: Malaysia bt India 3-0 Sharon Wee
bt Mekhala Subedar 9-0, 9-0, 9-5 ; Nicol David bt Joshna Chinappa 9-1,
9-0, 9-0 ; Tricia Chuah bt Vaidehi Reddy 9-4, 9-3.