Paul Ferreira brawled his
way to victory against Abhijit Kukreja in the second round of the Dewan
Housing Squash Challenge being played at the Otter’s Club Bandra, on
Ferreira who has been
losing out in recent tournament survived against the unseeded Abhijit whose
game forced Paul to come out with his best. Paul played well at the
beginning of the match winning the first two games quite comfortably 15-7,
Abhijit meleed his way back into the game winning the third game 15-13. Paul
did his best to rally but his opponent seeded to have struck back with a
vengeance, winning the fourth game 15-12 to keep the glimmering light of
hope alive. In the end, however it was Paul’s previous experience that took
him to victory. He advanced into the quarter finals with a score line that
read 15-7, 15-9, 13-15, 12-15 and 15-9.
In another encounter
Gaurav Juneja emerged triumphant beating Gaurav Mittal 15-9, 15-12, 15-4.
Mittal did show some resistance during the first two games.
In the first game he
performed fairly well and competently even. In the second game Mittal worked
hard, he missed no opportunity in scoring over Juneja’s fatuous shots. But
towards the end it seemed that Mittal had given up and had lost hope. He
lost the game 15-12. Sweltered Juneja then sailed to a comfortable victory
in the third game to progress into the next round beating Mittal 15-4.
In the professional
category Rajesh right from the first game, His hard work, however, was
futile as Rajesh showed a better temperament and game than Kishore. There
was a neck to neck fight in the second game, some unwanted attempts from
Rajesh were taken good advantage to by Kishore who prevailed victorious
clinching at 17-16 win.
Thereafter Kishore was
never given a chance to fight back and lost the next two games 11-15, 9-15
to be eliminated from the contest.
triumphed over Santosh Tambe in an one-sided match. Santosh tried to put in
an effort towards the end but proved too lifeless to snatch the game from
the seeded player.
Pawar showed his game
right from the beginning. He did not give his opponent a single opening.
Pawar won 15-5, 15-8, 15-11.
Deepa Ahuja subdued
Anupama Malhotra 12-15, 15-10, 15-6, 15-8 and advanced into the quarter
finals, only to crush in straight games to second see Karishma Juneja in
women’s competition in the Dewan Housing Squash Challenge at the Otter’s
Karishma won 15-5,
15-8, 15-7 to enter the semi finals alongwith Rea Bhandare and Parineeta
Choudhari, who too registered easy wins.
Fancied Paul Ferreira
had a smooth sailing into the last eight with handing out a 3-0 drubbing to
Abhijit Kukerja. Akhil Behl and Jatin Mehta also entered the quarter with
identical victory margins.
Amit Pal Kohli overcame
Waman Apte’s challenge in the most keenly contested encounter of the day to
enter quarters with a 5-15, 15-9, 15-13, 15-11 victory.
It is very unlikely
that in his long career as the ten times national professional champion,
Chandrakant Pawar Could have come through successfully after being on the
brink of defeat as it was in the final of the professional singles of the
Rs.70,000 Dewan Housings Squash Challenge, conducted by Indian Squash
Professionals, at the Otter’s Club air-conditioned glass-back court last
The Leela Professional
was trailing Santosh More, of Otters, 8-15, 12-15 and 10-14, with defeat
staring him in the face. But More in not playing safe and instead going for
the kill played into the hands of the experienced Pawar, who eventually won
the third game at 15-14 and the next two games at 15-7, 15-11.
Santosh More, the
fifth seed, had in the previous round surprisingly got the better of second
seed, Anant More, in straight games. Another to impress was the 8th
seed, Rajesh Sonawane, of Willingdon Catholic Gymkhana, who made the last
four for the first time with a win over 4th seed, Sunil Verma.
Riaz Mohammed was another full of promise.
It did not require a
Nostradamus to predict that Akhil Behl would emerge champion in the men’s
event. This professional Squash Association (PSA) player is ranked 117th
in the world.
He won untroubled all
the way and did not drop a game, ending with an easy match in the final
against Niraj Shirgaokar. The scores read15-4, 10-15, 15-10.
Niraj Shirgaokar was
slow and could not read Behl’s game, often being caught on the wrong foot.
It was apparent that Niraj Shirgaokar was not as fit as he should be.
In the previous round Niraj Shirgaokar got the better of second seed Paul
Ferreira, who did not
seem to have his heart in the game. Both Shirgaokar and Ferreira are busy
concentrating on their studies.
There were encouraging
performances by Amitpal Kohli, who did well to take a game off Niraj
Shirgaokar, by Rohan Juneja who pushed Ferreira to four games and by Gaurav
Juneja in his encounter with Cyrus Poncha.
More was expected of
the top seed, thirteen year old Rhea Bhandare, in the Women’s event. She was
seemingly off colour in her semi final clash with Parineeta Choudhari, who
thus avenged an earlier defeat.
Akhil Behl became the
first men’s champion in the Rs.70,000 Dewan Housing Squash Challenge,
conducted by Indian Squash Professionals. At the Otters Club glass back
courts on Sunday night he made short work of Niraj Shirgaokar, winning at
15-4, 15-10, 15-10 to pick up the first prize of Rs.6,500. Shirgaokar had to
be content with Rs.4,000.
In the Women’s final,
Parneeta Chaudhari was generally in command in her match against Karishma
Juneja, but was taken the full distance before she emerged victorious at
13-15, 15-5, 15-5, 19-17, 15-12.
final also went to five games. Chandrakant Pawar rallying after being two
games down to get the better of Anant More at 8-15, 12-15, 15-14, 15-7,
15-11. Both the winners and runners-up received prizes of Rs.6,500 and
Deepa Ahuja unfolded
an astounding game to snatch away victory from Anupama Malhotra in the Dewan
Housing Squash Tournament being played at Otter’s Club, Bandra on
Deepa defeated Anupama
12-15,15-10, 15-6, 15-8. Anupama played well during the first game
displaying the best of the techniques that she possessed.
Anupama won the first
game after a long resistance with the opponent. But towards the end of the
game Anupama’s drop shots became her forte and bought her 12-15 victory.
Anupama started the
second game on a good note while, Deepa showed improvement to overtake her
rival and won the game 15-10. With the overall score coming to levels at the
end of the second game. Deepa had already proved how better she could
render. She then faced no obstacle in over throwing Anupama to win the
remaining games and the match 15-6, 15-8.
In another Women’s
match Deepali Anvekar enjoyed a cake-walk victory against Sonia Suri,
Deepali won 15-11, 15-8, 15-8.
Sonia Suri who was
playing her third tournament after she made her debut last year played
better than what was expected from her. Deepali who seemed to have
under-estimated Sonia played some very careless strokes. But as Sonia
started proving her game Deepali was nimble enough to concentrate and win
the first game 15-11 which went close enough for Deepali to fight.
Deepali then never
gave a chance to Sonia to pose any sort of threat winning the remaining two
games 15-8, 15-8.
In the professional
category Ayaz Mohammed advanced into the pre-quarterfinals beating Kishan
The first game was
quite an easy victory for Ayaz who won the game 15-4. In the second game
Kishan exhibited with some gleaming shots beat the opponent but failed in
his propose with Ayaz proving himself towards the end. Kishan excelled in
the third game beating Ayaz who was marching ahead to victory.
Even though Ayaz tried
his best to complete the assignment in that very game he was hindered by
Kishan who won the game 15-12. Ayaz asserted victory in the fourth game to
win the match 15-4, 15-11, 12-15, 15-6.
Yakub Shaikh enjoyed a
lucid victory over Narayan Sonawane who was never given a chance to even
think of victory. Yakub won the match 15-1, 15-5, 15-2.
Kishore Bamania had a
tough time against Kishore Tambe again in the professional category. Bamania
had to battle it out in each and every game to win the first round.
The points went neck
to neck in the first game until Bamania over powered Tambe to win the game
15-9. The second game turned out to be of better contention with both
players fighting hard to prove their mastery in the game but Bamania over
proved better winning the game 17-16.
Bamania fought his way
into the immediate round triumphing the game and the match 15-9, 17-16,
Akhil Behl and
Parineeta Choudhari reigned supreme on the concluding day of the Rs.70,000
Dewan Housing Squash Challenge at Otters Club a/c glass back court on
Akhil defeated Niraj
Shirgaokar in a one sided encounter 15-4, 15-10, 15-10 while Parineeta
accounted for Karishma Juneja in a thrilling match Parineeta won 13-15,
15-5, 15-5, 16-17, 15-12.
Akhil was far too
quick for the leaden footed Niraj. He was on to the ball in a track, often
sending Niraj the wrong way by changing his shot at the last moment. Niraj
did well to make the final as he had accounted for the seasoned Ferreira on
Parineeta, a final
year Law student at K C College, dominated play from the forecourt. She
played some lovely drops and delightful boasts. Karishma will have to work
on her foot work. She is extremely slow around the court.
defeated Anant More to win the professionals title in a five set encounter.
More Led 2-0, and 14-10 in the third set. However, he inexplicably let Pawar
level at 14 all. More then took a gamble and asked for one. Pawar won the
point and went on to win the title as 8-15, 12-15, 15-14, 15-7, 15-11.
The men’s and women’s
winners received Rs.6,000 each while the runners-up got Rs.4,000.The pros
also received the same amounts.
1997 Squash season in
Mumbai, kicks off with the Dewan Housing Squash Challenge to be played at
the Otters Club, Bandra from March 19 to 23, 1997.
Taking part in this
event will be the city including internationals, Akhil Behl, Paul Ferreira,
and all the top professionals of the city who have just finished a clinic
under renowned coach Rehmat Khan and the leading ladies of the game some whom
were also recently trained by Rehmat.
The challenge is under
the auspices of the Indian Squash Professionals, a body devoted to the
promotion of the sport, particularly among the ‘makers’.
The ISP has also
arrange for the clinics under renowned Pakistani coach, Rahmat Khan, besides
conducting 19 tournaments in the past three years.
Among the speakers at
the press conference held at the Prabhudesai Hall, Wankhede Stadium, to
announce the tournament, was Parineeta Choudhari, and active player, who
stressed that the special focus of the ISP was to create a talented ladies
team by the end of the year, which could be achieved by more sponsorships
Mr. Viyaykumar Gautam,
director ISP, said that 1997-98 will be golden era for squash as the ISP
will have a series of tournaments. A total prize money of Rs.70,000/- will
be stake in this tournament to be held under the auspices of the Indian
Squash Professionals, who made a record of 19 tournaments in the past 3
The event will be held
in three categories---men’s women’s and professionals.
Prize money will be
given to the top eight in every category with the winners taking home
Rs.6,500 each and the runners-up in the three categories will pocket
Rs.4,000 each. The third and fourth finishers will take home Rs.2,500 each.
The Indian Squash
Professionals have roped in new sponsors to the sports in Dewan Housing
Finance corporation Ltd., the second largest housing finance finance company
in the private sector.
Fourth Seeded Cyrus
Poncha was given a tough fight round of the Rs.70,000 Dewan Housing Squash
Challenge at the otters Club, Bandra, here today. He won the first game over
the extra points at 17-16 and the second with a measure of comfort at 15-9.
rallied in the third to score at 15-8 and fourth did well to pick up 11
points before Poncha clinched the match.
23: Top Seed Akhil Behl as expected had a
comfortable victory of 15-7, 15-10, 15-10 over fourth seed Niraj Shirgaokar
to clinch the mens finals of the Rs.27,000/-. Dewan Housing Squash Challenge
played at the courts of Otter’s Club on Sunday evening. Akhil Behl took how
the top prize of Rs. 6,500/- while Shirgaokar had to be satisfied with the
runners-up purse of Rs.4,000.
Akhil, who had been
playing well throughout the tournament, faced no threat from his opponent,
who had stunned the second seeded, Paul Ferreira after a long battle on
A fighting Chandrakant
Pawar staged a superb rally to scrap to victory against fourth seed Santosh
More in the finals of the professional category of the same tournament.
Pawar, who is the top
seed. Had a tough time against his opponent. Santosh, who has been in great
form even before the game started. In the first game Santosh played quite
well, not allowing Pawar to take any sort of a lead. Santosh eventually
clinched the first game 15-8. Santosh then blazed through the second game,
winning 15-12. with his back against the wall, Pawar staged a superb
fight back improving on his performance in the first two game. The third game
being a crucial one for Pawar because if he lost it would be the end.
Santosh, with a two-game lead, relaxed just a bit giving Pawar the chance to
come back into the match. The course of the game seemed to have changed when
Santosh, on match ball with the scores being 14-10 in his favour, let the
initiative slip, Pawar fought as Santosh made quite a few errors, hitting
the tin. Pawar finally wrapped up the game 15-14.
The third game loss
unnerved Santosh and Pawar had a comfortable 15-7 win in the fourth game to
level the scores. Santosh than had to compensate for the mistakes that he
had committed in the third game losing the title with the scores of 15-8,
15-12, 15-14, 15-7, 15-11.
In the women’s final
third seed, Parineeta Choudhari created and upset beating the second seed
Karishma Juneja 15-13, 5-15, 5-15, 17-16, 15-12.
Mumbai, March 22: The
unheralded Niraj Shirgaokar caused a major upset ousting the 2nd
seed Paul Ferreira in the men’s category semifinals of Rs.70,000/- Dewan
Housing Squash Challenge played at Otter’s Club and organised by Indian
Squash professionals on Saturday.
The second seed Paul, who
had been struggling in the previous matches, finally made his way out after
being beaten 15-14, 8-15, 15-11, 15-13 by Niraj.
In the first game Niraj
played quite confidently taking advantage of some of Paul’s lose shots. Paul
seemed to be playing very casually in the beginning of the first game but
fought back later. However, Niraj seized the initiative, winning the first
game 15-13 after a long battle.
Paul fought back in order
to keep himself in the game, not allowing Niraj to pose any sort of threat
from any anywhere. Niraj, even though after losing the second game 8-15
seemed to be played in the first game.
Paul, however, looked
jaded and quite upset with things not going his way. Even with a second game
victory he seemed to be quite unsatisfied with the way he played.
In the third game Niraj
again came up with an extra-ordinary performance. His drop shots did the job
as a frustrated Paul was unable to concentrate on the game Niraj won the
third game 15-11 to maintain pressure on Paul.
Paul tried his best in
the fourth game to keep the flickering gleam of hope alive but Niraj came
out to play better in order to mark is victory 15-14, 8-15, 15-11, 15-13.
In another semifinals top
seed Akhil Behl disposed of Gaurav Juneja 15-7, 15-7, 15-6. Gaurav looked no
match for Akhil right from beginning. Akhil who won the Leela title last
month is all set to capture this title, but has to fame high flying Niraj
Shirgaokar who could create yet another upset on Sunday.
In the semifinals of the
women’s category Parineeta Choudhari created an upset by beating the top
seed Rhea Bhandare 15-11, 15-7, 15-7. Rhea was playing quite in the first
game but lo0st control over the game. After her defeat in the first game Rhea
could not fight back into the game losing the remaining two games to make an
exit from the tournament.
Santosh More, the fifth
seed, surprisingly accounted for second seed Anant More in the professionals
category semifinals. Santosh will now meet top seed Chandrakant Pawar in the
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