Men’s top seed Abhishek Pradhan, boys’ under-15 fifth
seed Avinash Sahani and under-9 top seed Anshuman
Jaising emerged individual champions, in the Goregaon
Sports Club-ISP Squash Championship.
Pradhan prevailed over third seed Abhishek Agarwal of
JSW Academy 11-4, 11-9, 9-11, 11-5 in four exciting
games, while Sahani overcame the competition’s
giant-killer Ashish Tripathi of JSW Academy 11-3, 11-8,
Pradhan, the former Asian team gold and
India under-19 world championship bronze winner, scored
his second straight championship round win over Agarwal
after bagging the Khar Gymkhana title recently. After
dropping a close second game Agarwal fought back to win
the crucial third to keep his hopes alive, but Pradhan
raced to a substantial lead in the fourth to seal
Jaising endured a strong challenge
before getting the better of second seed Raayan
Hemrajani 11-8, 11-7, 11-6 in a hard-fought victory.
Agarwal later made amends by winning the doubles
top-8 title with Shashi Pandey, while Nadim Shaikh and
Yogesh Sonawane won the doubles handicap title and top
seed Anil Bhagat bagged the over-35 crown.