A well calculated risk Awish Jaiswal clinching an
extremely close, hard fought Boys Under-19 final against Rohan Juneja in the
Rs.1.25 lakh Satellite Squash Tournament, sponsored by Mukesh Babu Group and
organized by Indian Squash Professionals, at the Otters, Club on Sunday.
When Juneja saved a much point to make the score 14 all
in the fourth game Jaiswal set the game at one point and won and clinched
the title as well as the champion’s purse of Rs.10,000 with a superb drop.
“I was tiring a bit and he was clearly under pressure
as he was down by two game to one,” explained Jaiswal, when explained why he
set the fourth game at one point.
Jaiswal scampered home, 17-16, 15-13, 7-15, and 15-14
and the scores provide eloquent testimony to the closeness of the final.
A key members of the Maharashtra’s men team, that won
the inter-state championships recently, Jaiswal was picking up his second
title in a fortnight. He had won the Prix tournament earlier. There was not
much to choose between the rivals. Rohan who is aiming to proceed to the
United States of America, both to study.
Abhijit Kukreja went down fighting to fourth-seed
Gaurav Juneja in the men’s pre-quarter-finals of the Rs.1.25 lakh Indian
Squash Professionals Satellite tournament played at the Otters Club on
Thursday. Gaurav prevailed 12-15, 15-11, 15-7, 15-8.
Two years younger to Gaurav, 16 years old Kukreja
threatened to pull off a big upset when he won a well fought first game.
Gaurav, however, tightened his play thereafter to ward off Kukreja’s
Abhijit Kukerja put up a commendable performance while
going to fourth seed Gaurav Juneja in the men’s pre-quarter final of the
Rs.1.25 lakh Mukesh Babu Group-ISP Satellite tournament at the Otters Club,
here on Thursday.
Two years younger to Gaurav, the 16-year old Abhijit
threatened pull off an upset when he clinched the first game. However Gaurav
tightened up his game thereafter and warded off Abhijit’s determined
challenge to win 12-15, 15-11, 15-7, 15-8.
Interestingly the two will be clashing again in the
boys under-19 quarter finals on Friday. The line-up for the quarter finals
is Awish Jaiswal Vs Sachin Khattar, Amit Pal Kohli Vs Parth Doshi and
Karanpal Sethi Vs Rohan Juneja.
An under-14, Siddharth Suchde showed both skill and
pluck of a high order while losing in three close sets 15-13, 15-11, 15-13,
to the top seed Awish Jaiswal in the boys under-19 pre-quarterfinal.
Rajesh Sonawane was the only one among the four
Sonawane brothers and cousins to survive the second round of the
Professionals event. Rajesh however met his match in the men’s where he lost
to second seed Paul Ferreira 9-15, 10-15, 11-15.
Awish Jaiswal won the boys under-19 final against Rohan
Juneja in the Rs.1.25 lakhs Satellite Squash tournament, sponsored by Mukesh
Babu Group and organized by Indian Squash Professionals, at the Otters Club
on Sunday. But he had to fight hard and take a big risk before he emerged
When Juneja pulled level at 14 all in the fourth game,
Jaiswal set the game at one point and clinched the title as well as the
champion’s purse of Rs.10,000 with superb drop. Jaiswal squeaked home,
17-16, 15-13, 7-15, 15-14.
Jaiswal, who represented Maharashtra in the Inter-State
championships recently, clinched his second title in a fortnight. He had won
the Prix tournament earlier.
National championship Mekhala Subedar had a spot to
bother in the third game before defeating upcoming Deepali Anvekar 15-2,
15-7, 15-11 in the women’s final.
The top seeds won the other two events as well. Manish
Chotrani romped through the men’s final against Paul Ferreira, 15-11, 15-9,
15-11 and Rajesh Verma defeated Chandrakant Pawar 15-4, 15-5, 15-9, in the
professionals final. Both winners got Rs.15,000 and the runners-up,
Mumbai: Down two games, unseeded Parth staged a superb
rally to shock third-seeded Amitpal Kohli in the boys under-19
quarter-finals round of the Rs.1.25 lakh Mukesh Babu Group-Indian squash
professionals satellite Tournament at the Otters Club’s glass-back court on
About a fortnight ago Doshi had fought back from two
games down in the PIX semifinals against Awish Jaiswal but lost in the
fifth. It was a different story on Friday primarily because of two factors.
One was his steely determination. The other was his superior stamina.
The runner-up at the Asian Under-16 last year, Doshi
also gained a lot through a clever switch of tactics. He effectively
employed the lob-drop combination from the third game. He clinched a lot of
points through his cleverly disguised drop.
Doshi, who won, 11-5, 15-17, 15-10, 15-10, 15-9,
assured himself of Rs. 2,500/- and is most likely to meet Rohan Juneja next.
The other semifinal will be between Awish Jaiswal, and top seed and Gaurav
Though it was a family affair, twins Gaurav and Rohan
Juneja fought tooth and nail before Gaurav clinched their men’s quarterfinal
at 15-10, 15-1, 8-15, 6-15, 15-7. Gaurav had also won their last clash in
the PIX semi-finals.
In the best match in the professionals’ quarterfinals,
second-seeded Chandrakant Pawar was given a trying time by Ramesh More
before prevailing at 15-13, 17-16, 16-17, 15-12.
Newly crowned national women’s Mekhala Subedar,
trounced Sonia Suri 15-13, 15-5, 15-1 to earn a clash in the semi-finals
with third seed Parineeta Choudhari, who got past Aisha Shah 15-12, 15-6,
The other women’s semifinals will pit second seed
Deepali Anvekar, who got a quarter-final walkover, against fourth seed
Karishma Juneja. The latter downed Sarita Jetwani 15-13, 15-7, 15-9.
On the face of it, they had little at stake. Both were
past their prime with fitness their main weakness. Yet they fought hard
before Inderpal Singh overcame Suyog Dwivedi 15-7, 15-13, 15-8 in the men’s
first round of the Rs.1.25 lakh Mukesh Babu Group Indian squash
professionals satellite tournament at the Otters Club, Bandra on Wednesday.
Inderpal, 42, who had traveled all the way from Navi
Mumbai, huffed and puffed but succeeded in retrieving and bringing to
all the stroke play and court craft of Dwivedi. Inderpal now faces a daunting
task, as he runs into second seed Paul Ferreira in the second round.
It was a day of mixed fortunes for Taran Machra. While
he beat Karanpal Sethi, the top under-12 player, 15-11, 15-11, 15-11, he
lost to fourth seed Parth Doshi 10-15, 7-15, 1-15, in the second round.
Young Anurag Gill did well to take Carl Bokdawala to four games in another
match. Bokdawala won 15-9, 15-12, 11-15, 15-9. in a clash between two
officials, Rustom Dalal proved too wily for Subhas Wali, winning 15-4,
Parth Doshi staged superb rally to upset third-seeded
Amitpal Kohli 11-15, 15-17, 15-10, 15-10, 15-9 to enter the boys under-19
semifinals of the Rs.1.25 lakh Indian squash professionals satellite
tournament at the Otters Club’s glass back court. Doshi upset Kohli’s rhythm
with his lob and drop game. He won a lot of points with his cleverly
disguised drop shots.
In the women’s section, newly crowned national champion
Mekhala Subedar trounced Sonia Suri 15-3, 15-5, 15-1. She plays third seed
Parineeta Choudhari in the last four. Parineeta dropped a game on the way to
beating Aisha Shah.
Awish Jaiswal and Rohan Juneja entered the final of the
boys u-19 Mukesh Babu-Indian squash professionals Satellite tournament at
Otters Club today. In the final Awish overcame stiff challenge by Gaurav
Juneja to win 9-15, 12-15, 15-5, 15-13, 15-4. in the second semifinals Rohan
Juneja beat Parth Joshi 16-17, 11-15, 15-13, 15-9, 15-9.
National champion Mekhala Subedar and Deepali Anvekar
will contest the women’s final.
Abhijit Kukreja put up a commendable display while
going down to fourth-seeded Gaurav Juneja in the men’s pre-quarter-finals of
the Rs.1.25 lakh Mukesh Babu Group-Indian Squash Professionals Satellite
tournament at the Otters Club today. Gaurav on 12-15, 15-11, 15-7, 15-8.
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