ISP Squash

KANCHAN PRO SQUASH Professional & Handicap Men’s Doubles 

  At Willingdon Catholic Gymkhana, Santacruz West, Mumbai : 1.4.2000

Narendra Gour (Director, ISP), Avinash Bhavnani & Vinay Bajaj (Doubles Runners Up), C.S.Pawar (Winner in Professional’s event), Niraj Shirgaokar & Amit Chinai (Winners in Doubles Event), Mahendra Agarwal (Founder Director, ISP) & Santosh More (Runners Up in Professional’s Event) at the Prize Distribution Ceremony held at Willingdon Catholic Gymkhana.

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All Results

Professional Finals:
Chandrakant Pawar beat Santosh More 13-15/15-11/15-9/15-12

Semi Finals:
Chandrakant Pawar bt Gopi Mohite 15-8/15-9/15-11
Santosh More bt Anant More 15-11/13-15/15-8/15-8

Chandrakant Pawar bt Santosh Tambe 15-11/15-10/15-13
Santosh More bt Ramesh More 11-15/15-10/17-16/15-11
Anant More bt Rajesh Sonawane 15-12/15-7/15-7
Gopi Mohite bt Vijay Sonawane 15-12/15-11/15-7  

Doubles Finals:
Niraj Shirgaokar & Amit Chinai bt Avinash Bhavnani & Vinay Bajaj 14-15/15-12/15-11/15-10

Quarter Finals:
Niraj Shirgaokar & Amit Chinai bt Vijay Sonawane & Karan Bhatty 15-12/16-17/15-13/12-15/15-13
Jatin Mehta & Ashish Soni bt Xavier Marquis & Sanjay Goyal 15-12/14-15/15-11/15-12
Amit Pal Kohli & Carl Bokdawala bt Saket Wali & Yakub Shaikh 15-10/15-13/13-15/15-12


Press Articles of tournament


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 backward integration 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.

With three 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 squash.


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. 

Santosh, representing 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 : 1/04/2000)

Former professional 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 Times of India, 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 Wednesday. 

Kanchan Pro Squash Tourney from today

(Article in Mid Day, Mumbai : 27/03/2000)

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)

Former professionals 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, Santacruz. 

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.


31st Tournament Organised by ISP