the prize distribution ceremony of the tournament held at Navi Mumbai
Sports Association Gulshan
Singh (Winner doubles over-35), Supreet Singh (Winner U-16),
Jaiswal(Winner U-19) & Shashi Gupta (Winner over 35)
Amit Jaiswal held his nerve and got the better of Amit
Pal Kohli 15-13, 5-15, 7-15, 15-11, 15-3 in a thrilling tussle for the
Under-19 title in the Navi Mumbai Squash Spectacular organized by Indian
Squash Professionals and sponsored by the Navi Mumbai Sports Association.
The rivals were locked 14-all in the decider in the all
Otters Club clash, before Jaiswal, the second seed, clinched the crucial
point and bagged the title along with Rs.2,500 cash prize. Kohli, returning
after an injury, had to settle for the runners-up prize of Rs.1,500.
Awish Jaiswal and Amit Pal Kohli both put up a tough
fight for the under-19 title of the Navi Mumbai Squash Spectacular ,
organized by the Indian Squash Professionals under the auspices of the
Squash Rackets Association of Maharashtra, and sponsored by Navi Mumbai
Sports Association, at Vashi last evening.
Both the rivals were locked together at 14-all in the
decider in the all-Otters Club clash before Jaiswal, the second seed, clinched the
next point, the title and the price money of Rs.2,500 that went with it.
Down one-two after he had lost the second and third games, Jaiswal batted on
to prevail at 15-13, 5-15, 7-15, 15-11. His slightly superior control gave
Jaiswal the edge over Kohli, who staged a come-back after a nasty court
injury suffered some eight months ago. Kohli had to settle for Rs.1,500.
The home crowd over 500 had lot to cheer as local boy
Supreet Singh stopped the run of unseeded Yogin Thakur, also of Otters,
15-12, 17-15, 15-11. Fifteen years old Supreet who have been training under
the guidance of coach Chandrakant Pawar for the last two months recorded his
maiden triumph. It fetched him Rs.1,500. Thakur, barely 13, received Rs.750.
In the age group over 35 doubles final, two pairs from
host Navi Mumbai Sports Association virtually brought the roof down. Again
one point settled a match of fluctuating fortunes. The rivals were leveled
at 14 all in the fifth before Shashi Gupta and Gulshan Singh overcame Shyam
Wadkar and Raj Bhathija, 15-13, 11-15, 14-15, 15-11, 15-14.
Otters Club’s Yogin Thakur saved two match points
before winning an under-16 quarterfinal cliff-hanger against fourth seeded
Bipin Batra of Willingdon Catholic Gymkhana at the Navi Mumbai Squash
Spectacular organized by the Indian Squash Professionals and sponsored by
the Navi Mumbai Sports Association at Vashi.
A game up, Thakur lost the second and the decider was
fought equally hard. Batra held two match points but Thakur, younger by one
year than his rival at 13, saved them both and scampered home 15-12, 15-17,
Yogin Thakur of Otters Club won an extremely close
encounter against Rahil Shah to reach the under-16 final of the Navi Mumbai
Squash Spectacular organized by the Indian Squash Professionals under the
auspices of the Squash Rackets Association of Maharashtra and sponsored by
the Navi Mumbai Sports Association at Vashi yesterday. Thakur who had saved
two match-points before knocking out fourth-seeded Bipin Batra on Saturday
trailed by two games to one before rallying to overcome Shah 16-17, 15-12,
11-15, 15-13, 15-12 in a lively clash between two 13 year olds.
Host Navi Mumbai Sports Association had good cause for
cheer as their representative Supreet Singh defeated Aditya Manjrekar of
Willingdon Catholic Gymkhana, 15-7, 15-7, 15-11, in the other under-16 semi
Sidelined by a nasty injury suffered on court about
eight months ago, the talented Amit Pal Kohli of Otters marked his comeback
with splendid 15-4, 13-15, 15-11, 15-11 victory over Abhijit Kukreja. The
win earned Kohli a berth in the under-19 final where he takes on Awish
Jaiswal, an easy 15-9, 15-13, 15-13 winner over Saket Wali.
Down 2-14 in the final game, Chandrakant Pawar and
Mahendra Agarwal of The Leela made a spirited recovery and caught up at 14
all only to lose the next point and their over-35 doubles quarter-final
against Raj Bhatija and Shyam Wadkar.
Tournament Organised by ISP
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