Second seeded Parth Doshi crashed out of the Dewan
Housing Squash Classic, after being outlasted by Amit Pal Kohli, who will
now meet the top seed Awish Jaiswal in the finals of tourney, which has been
organized by the Professionals Squash Association, and played at the Otters
Club in Bandra here on Thursday.
Doshi, who had fallen to the second seed during the
selection trials for the World Juniors, showed immense determination as he
fought back after a dropping a game and won the semi final clash 13-15,
15-12, 15-9, 15-14.
He will now vie for the champion’s purse of Rs.7,500
against the top seed, who scored a runaway victory, doling out a straight
games thrashing to giant killer Abhijit Kukreja, who had sent the fourth
seed Niraj Shirgaokar packing. Kukreja just could not reproduce the same
form and was completely outclassed by Jaiswal, who won 15-6, 15-12, 15-9.
But the day belonged to the eighteen year old Kohli,
who scored a tactical victory over the second seed. Kohli, who loves play
his strikes, cut the frills off his game and concentrated on keeping the
effort down. The Commerce student pinned Parth Doshi onto the backcourt,
thus giving his opponent few opportunities to go for the kill. “ I relied on
my fitness, ran for everything and let him commit mistakes,” Kohli said
after his marathon encounter.
Second seed Siddharth Suchde scored an impressive
15-8, 15-12, 15-11 victory over Jaikaran Juneja and will take on the
top seed Junaid Nathani in the under-16 final. In the professional event, an
unfit top seed Rajesh Verma was ousted by Santosh More. Verma, who sustained
a fall in his quarter final match, could not regain his form and went down
12-15, 6-15, 4-15.
Abhijit Kukreja stunned fourth seed Niraj Shirgaokar
15-8, 13-15, 15-1, 15-10 in a men’s quarter final match of the Otter’s Club,
Bandra, here on Wednesday.
In another exciting encounter, Saket Wali got past an
exuberant Cyrus Poncha 15-7, 9-15, 11-15, 15-3, 15-11.
National Champion Akhil Behl was on course for the
title as he scored a comfortable 15-7, 15-0, 15-2 win over D. Yadav. Manish
Chotrani dropped a game enroute to beating Amit Pal Kohli 7-15, 15-8, 15-12,
In a boys under-16
quarter final match Junaid Nathani
trounced Auloke Mathur 15-9, 15-5, 15-10.
National Champion and topseed Mekhala Subedar and
second seed Rhea Bhandare recorded straight games wins to move into the
women’s semi finals.
In the boys under-19 section, second seeded Parth Doshi
crushed Mahesh Verma 15-5, 15-6, 15-9 while fourth seeded Abhijit Kukreja
trounced fifth seed Jaikaran Juneja 15-13, 15-13,15-10 in their quarter final
In the professionals quarter-finals, top seeded Rajesh
Verma of Delhi crushed sixth seeded Rajesh Sonawane 15-4, 15-4, 15-13 while
second seeded Chandrakant Pawar pipped fifth seed Ramesh More 16-17, 15-10,
Third seeded Anant More defeated seven seeded Sunil
Verma 13-15, 15-4, 15-6, 15-5 while fourth seeded Santosh More edged out
eight seed Riaz Mohammed 12-15, 15-10, 17-15, 15-13 to fill up the last two
semi finals berth.
Awish Jaiswal, the top seed, survived a scare by Anshul Manchanda in the
boys under-19 event of the 1.4 lakhs Dewan Housing Squash Classic at the
auspices of the Professional Squash Association, today.
Manchanda took the first game before Jaiswal pulled himself together and
stepped up the pace to prevail at 12-15, 15-9, 15-10, 15-11.
Jaiswal proceeded to outplay Kshitij Nowhar 15-4, 15-13, 15-12 to reach
the quarter final where he meets unseeded Konark Sharma.
In the third round Sharma had little to do as Junaid Nathani, the u-16
topseed, conceded a walkover.
Women’s international Rhea Bhandare met her match in the u-16 event and
was beaten by Mihir Sheth 7-15, 10-15, 11-5.
Santosh More of Otters won a close match against Sachin Jadhav of Club
Aquaria, 15-11, 17-16, 15-13, in the professionals event. He now meets Riaz
Mohd of Juhu Centaur in the quarters who beat Vijay Sonawne of Andheri
Recreation Club, 15-5, 11-15, 15-13, 15-5.
Saket Wali carved out an excellent win, the best seen in the Dewan
Housing Squash Classic when he out-played an experienced Cyrus Poncha 15-7,
9-15, 11-15, 15-3, 15-11 to enter the men’s semi-finals of the Rs.1.4 lakh
event at the Otters Club yesterday.
The 19 year old Wali now awaits the winner of the match between Manish
Chotrani, the second seed and Amit Pal Kohli.
Top seed Akhil Behl was in devastating touch as he thrashed D
15-7, 15-10, 15-2.
Wali, scored one of his best victories to date and reaching the men’s
semi-final for the second time in his career.
National champion and top seed Mekhala Subedar and second seed and
talented youngster Rhea Bhandare recorded straight games wins to move into
the women’s semi-finals.
In the professional quarter-finals, top seeded Rajesh Verma of
Delhi crushed sixth seeded Rajesh Sonawane 15-4, 15-4, 15-13 while second
seeded Chandrakant Pawar pipped fifth seed Ramesh More 16-7, 15-10, 15-11,
Third seeded Anant More defeated Seventh Seeded Sunil Verma 13-15, 15-4,
15-6, 15-5 while fourth seeded Santosh More edged out eight seed Riaz Mohd
12-15, 15-10, 17-15, 15-13 to fill up the last two semi-finals berth.
In the boy’s under-19 section, second seeded Parth Doshi crushed Mahesh
Verma 15-5, 15-6, 15-9 while fourth seeded Abhijit Kukreja trounced fifth
seed Jaikaran Juneja 15-3, 15-13, 15-10 in their quarter-final matches.
Sanjay rallies from brink to surprise Moin Motiwala in the
juniors under-19 first round of the Rs.1.4 lakh Dewan Housing Squash
Classic, at the Otters Club, Bandra, here on Monday.
It looked curtains for Sanjay, son of leading coach
Chandrakant Pawar, when he lost the first two games and was just a point
away from defeat at 11-14 in the third. However, the 15 year old Sanjay, an
eight standard student at BPE, Bandra, hung on to take the game and
proceeded to prevail at 11-15, 10-15, 17-15, 15-5, 15-2.
“I got a bit overconfident,” confessed the well-built
Moin, an 18 year old student at M.M.K. college. “We play each other at
Otter off and on and invariably I would win” he had added.
In another good match in the under-19, Deepak Yadav of
Jindal Recreation club overcome Deepali Anvekar, who recently qualified for
the Indian Women’s team for the Asian championships but could not make the
trip, 15-7, 9-15, 15-13, 15-5.
Vijay Sonawane of Otters wiped out a two-game deficit
to put out a fast-tiring Ajaz Mohd. of The Club 12-15, 13-15, 15-14, 15-3,
15-7, in the professional’ event.
Devdas Tambe of Bombay Gymkhana defeated Narayan
Sonawane of Willingdon Catholic Gymkhana, 15-11, 15-8, 8-15, 10-15, 15-9. in
another contest between professionals.
In two good matches in the under-16 event Yogin Thakur
beat Aditya Manjrekar 10-15, 15-10, 17-15, 11-15, 15-10 and Vikram Apte
overcome Taha Nabi, 15-11, 15-10, 13-15, 15-12.
Top seed Awish Jaiswal was given a mild jolt by
unseeded Anshul Manchanda before reaching the quarter-finals of the under-19
boy’s singles in the Rs.1.4 lakh Dewan Housing Squash Classic, organized by
the professional Squash Association, at the Otters Club here today.
Anshul, son of former National champion and services
ace Raj Manchanda, surprised Jaiswal by winning the first game 15-12 before
losing the next three 9-15, 10-15, 11-15 in their second round clash.
Jaiswal scored a much more convincing win over Kshitij
Nowhar 15-4, 15-13, 15-12 later in the day to move into the last eight where
he meets unseeded Konark Sharma.
In the third round, Sharma gained a walk over from
under-16 boy’s topseed Junaid Nathani.
Women’s international Rhea Bhandare, who represented
India at the Asian seniors in Malaysia recently., met her match in the
under-16 event and was beaten by Mihir Sheth 7-15, 10-15, 11-15.
In the professionals section, Santosh More (Otters)
prevailed over Sachin Jadhav (Aquaria) 15-11, 17-16, 15-13, to earn a
quarter-final meeting with Riaz Mohammed (Juhu Centaur) who ousted Vijay
Sonawane (Andheri Recreation) 15-5, 11-15, 15-13, 15-5 in the other
Also in the last eight were Rajesh Verma (Dhampur
Sugar), Rajesh Sonawane (Willingdon Catholic), Anant More (CCI) and Sunil
National womens’ championship Mekhala Subedar of Nasik
and top-seeded under-16 player Junaid Nathani recorded straight games wins
to clinch the women’s and boys’ (under –16) titles respectively on the last
day of the Rs.1.4 lakh prize money Dewan Housing Squash Classic at the
Otters Club here today, reports PTI.
In the final, top-seeded Subedar drubbed second seed
Deepali Anvekar 15-6, 15-2, 15-5 in a totally one-sided match while Nathani
subdued 15-7, 15-11, 15-10.
In the professionals event, fourth-seeded Santosh More
defeated second-seeded Chandrakant Pawar 13-15, 15-13, 15-6, 15-13, while
third seed Amit Pal Kohli got a walk over from fourth seed Awish Jaiswal as
the latter reported sick.
Mekhala was too good her opponent. She kept attacking
her rival’s backhand to win some easy points. Deepali was moving very slowly
on the court and this really hampered her progress in the match.
Junaid played a very attractive game and won with lot
In the men’s final, National champion Akhil Behl lost
to second seed Manish Chotrani 10-15, 11-15, 15-11, 15-17.