Pawar all the
way in Pro squash tourney
(Article in Mid-Day : 4-4-2000)
IT was only fitting that the Kanchan Pro
Squash Professionals and played at the Willingdon Catholic Gymkhana, was
taken home by Chandrakant Pawar.
Pawar, nine-time former
National champion, and representing The Leela, was too wily for his
younger and fitter opponent, top-seeded Santosh More of Otters Club.
In the final, played on
Saturday, it seemed to be curtains for the third-seeded Pawar, after he
let go of a 13-11 lead to lose the first game 13-15. But the veteran was
made of sterner stuff and it was a vintage display all the way as he
excelled in skills, also displaying his superb fitness level to take the
next three games 15-11, 15-9, 15-12.
Earlier, the top seed
doubles pair of Niraj Shirgaokar and Amit Chinai beat the unseeded
Avinash Bhavnani and Vijay Bajaj also in four games at 14-15, 15-12,
15-11, 15-10. It is commendable that the ISP is managing to rope in
sponsors from different walks of life to support the sport. This
tournament was Kanchan’s first foray into the game of squash with the
promise of much more to come.
Kanchan is the success
story of the Khimavat brothers, Ashok and Dinesh, which began in 1987-88.
Dinesh looking out for vocation of his choice after graduating, had the
experience of retail selling and hit upon the idea of backwardintegration into manufacturing the products he was already selling,
sowing the seeds of Kanchan.
Initially he began
assembling mixers in the backyard of the family shop, and as the numbers
increased, the manufacturing activity moved to an industrial estate at
Dahisar, which now houses the corporate office, and later to Daman.
Ceiling fans were also added to the product profile and as the turnover
increased multifold, the Khimavats flagged off Kanchan International Ltd
in 1994, manufacturing electrical and other home appliances.
state-of-the-art plants at Daman and a strong qualified workforce of 700
odd people, Kanchan ensures that every product that leaves the factory
meets the highest standard of quality. In existence for barley a decade,
the Kanchan group already had a turnover of Rs 70 crore. It is indeed
fortunate that the group has chosen to associate itself with the game of
More, Mohite in Quarters
(Article in Mid-Day, Mumbai : 30/3/20002)
Top seed Santosh More
second seed Gopi Mohite entered the quarter-finals of the Rs.35,000 Kanchan
Pro Squash Tournament with hard-fought, straight game victories at the
Willingdon Catholic Gymkhana yesterday.
More, representing Otters
Club was made to fight all the way by Willingdon Catholic Gymkhana’s Sandeep
Parab before winning 15-13, 17-15, 15-10. Mohite of Bombay Gymkhana had it
relatively easier, beating Matoshree’s Chandan Jadhav 15-13, 15-10, 15-13.
CCI’s Anant More, seeded
fourth, had the measure of Yakub Shaikh representing The Club, as he won
15-8, 15-11, 1513 to advance to the last eight.
Also advancing to the
quarter-finals were CCI’s Santosh Tambe and Bombay Gymkhana’s Ramesh More.
Tambe beat The Club’s Rohit More 15-7, 15-7, 15-9.
More got the better of
Khar Gymkhana’s Vilas Tambe at 15-8, 15-11, 15-8.
Pawar turns back clock (Article in Mid-Day,
Mumbai : 3/4/2000)
It was a throwback to the
past, as former national champion Chandrakant Pawar turned back the clock to
emerge triumphant in the Rs.35,000 Kanchan Pro Squash Tournament at the
Willingdon Catholic Gymkhana on Saturday. Pawar, a nine-time winner
professional national champion, but seeded third here, fought back from a
first-game loss to down the top seed, Santosh More in four games.
Representing The Leela,
the former dropped the first game to his younger Otters Club rival before
turning on the magic to win the next three. The 45 year old professionals
prevailed 13-15, 15-11, 15-9, 15-12 to take home the first prize of Rs.3,000
and home appliances from the sponsors, Kanchan.
In the handicap Doubles
event for men, the top-seeded pair of Niraj Shirgaokar and Amit Chinnai
lived up to their billing when they got the better of unseeded Avinash
Bhavnani and Vinay Bajaj 14-15, 15-12, 15-11, 15-10.
Seeded players reach semifinals (Article in
Asian Age, Mumbai : 31/3/2000)
Seeded player booked
their berth in the semi-finals of the Rs.35,000 Kanchan Pro Squash
Tournament, being organised by the Indian Squash Professionals at the
Willingdon Catholic Gymkhana. In the quarter-final matches on Thursday, top
seed Santosh More led the parade into the round of last four, but not before
being stretched by the unseeded Ramesh More.
Otters Club, dropped the first game to Bombay Gymkhana Ramesh More and won
the third narrowly before advancing to the semifinals. Santosh won 11-15,
15-9, 17-16, 15-11.
He will take on fourth
seed Anant More of CCI who got the better of WCG’s Rajesh Sonawane 15-12,
15-7, 15-7. Third seed Chandrakant Pawar of the The Leela set up a semifinal
clash with second seed Gopi Mohite of Bombay Gym. While Pawar beat CCI’s
Santosh Tambe 15-11, 15-10, 15-13, Mohite got the better of Vijay Sonawane
of Otters Club at 15-12, 15-11, 15-7.
Pawar calls the shots (Article in Mid Day, Mumbai :
national champion Chandrakant Pawar pulled off the first upset of the
Kanchan pro Squash Tournament when he got the better of second seed Gopi
Mohite in the semi-finals at the Willingdon Catholic Gymkhana yesterday.
Pawar, representing The
Leela, and seeded third seemed to have shed his advanced years when he
stepped on to the glass-back court and went on to beat Bombay Gymkhana’s
Mohite in straight games 15-8, 15-9, 15-11. in the final he will take on top
seed Santosh More of Otters who got the better of CCI’s Anant More in four
games 15-11, 13-15, 15-8, 15-8.
Former professionals national squash champion, Chandrakant Pawar, rolls back
the years enroute to semis in Kanchan Pro event.
There was an upset in the
handicap doubles even too as the fifth seeded pair of Amit Pal Kohli and
Karl Bokdawala beat the second seeded Saket Wali and Yakub Shaikh 15-10,
15-13, 13-15, 15-13 to enter the semifinals.
In other quarter finals
matches, the top seeded pairing of Niraj Shirgaokar and Amit Chinai were
taken the distance by Vijay Sonawane and Karan Bhatty, while Jatin Mehta and
Ashish Soni prevailed over Xavier Marquise and S Goyal in four games.
More Mohite in quarterfinals (Article in The Daily, Mumbai : 30/3/2000)
Top seeded Santosh More
and second seed Gopi Mohite entered the quarter finals of the Rs.35, 000/-
Kanchan Pro Squash Tournament with hard-fought victories at the Willingdon
Catholic Gymkhana (WCG) today.
More, of Otters Club, was
forced to fight all the way by WCG’s Sandeep Parab before winning, of Bombay
Gymkhana, overcame Matoshree’s Chandan Jadhav 15-13, 15-10, 15-13.
The tournament also has a
handicap men’s doubles event.
Top seed enter quarterfinals (Article in
Mumbai : 30/03/2000)
Top seed Santosh More and
second seed Gopi Mohite booked their berths in the quarterfinals of the
Kanchan Pro Squash tournament with well earned wins over Sandeep Parab and
Chandan Jadhav respectively, at the Willingdon Catholic Gymkhana on
Kanchan Pro Squash Tourney from today (Article in Mid Day, Mumbai :
Twenty teams featuring
some of the best squash playing talent in the city have confirmed their
entry for the handicap men’s doubles event of the Kanchan Pro Squash
tournament, which will commence at the Willingdon Catholic Gymkhana today.
The tournament Organised
by the Indian squash professionals also has an event for professionals and
offers total prize money of Rs.35, 000 besides attractive gifts in the form
of household appliance from the sponsors Kanchan Home Appliances.
Among the top players who
will be seen in action are Amit Pal Kohli, Saket Wali Niraj Shirgaokar and
Amit Chinai. Talented youngsters Deepali Anvekar has also been given an
entry and will be paired with Chandrakant Pawar.
Entry has also been
received from senior citizens Bharat Shah and Shishir Shirgaokar, who are in
their 60s. Shah and Shirgaokar had won the double’s event in 1996.
Pawar stuns Gopi to enter final (Article in The Daily, Mumbai : 1/04/2000)
national champion Chandrakant Pawar, of The Leela, shocked second seed Gopi
Mohite of Bombay Gymkhana 15-8, 15-9, 15-11 to enter the final of the
Kanchan Pro Squash Tournament, at the Willingdon Catholic Gymkhana,
Pawar set up a title
clash with top seed Santosh More of Otters, who overcome CCI’s Anant More
15-11, 13-15, 15-8, 15-8.
Fifth seed pair Amit Pal
Kohli Bokdawala upset second seeds Saket Wali and Yakub Shaikh 15-10, 15-13,
13-15, 15-12 to enter the handicap doubles semifinals.
Tournament Organised by ISP
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