ISP Squash


At Hotel The Leela: 17-7-2000  (played every sunday)

At the prize distribution ceremony held at Hotel The Leela, Mumbai : Shishir Shirgaokar & Niraj Shirgaokar (Winners of the Doubles Handicap Squash Event)  receiving the trophy from Mr. Vijay Sethi (Resident Manager, The Leela)

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All Results:

Niraj & S. Shirgaokar bt Xavier Marquis/Bunty Singh 13-15, 15-13, 15-14
N & S Shirgaokar bt Amitpal Kohli 15-13, 15-9
Xavier Marquis/Bunty Singh bt Riaz Mohd./Sanjay Goyal 15-11, 15-9

Quarter Finals: 
Riaz Mohd/Sanjay Goyal bt Chandrakant Pawar/Abhijit Kukreja 15-10, 15-12
Amitpal Kohli/Saket Wail bt Anurag Gill/Rishabh Singhvi 17-15, 11-5, 17-16
Bunty/Xavier Marquis bt Sonu Merani/Shashi Gupta 15-13, 15-13.


The Club bt Otters `A’ 2-0:
Amitpal Kohli bt Rohan Juneja 15-13, 15-11 
Saket Wali bt Vishal Kapoor 14-15, 15-12, 15-14

3rd/4th playoff:
Andheri Recreation Club bt Willingdon Catholic Gymkhana 2-1: 
Bipin Batra bt Pradeep Heble 15-9, 15-13
Rohan Gracious lost to Deepali Anvekar 14-15, 12-15
Rajesh Sonawane lost to Vijay Sonawane 13-15, 9-15

Otters `A’ bt Andheri Recreation Club 2-1
Vijay M. Sonawane bt Vijay H. Sonawane 15-10, 13-15, 15-10
Vishal Kapoor lost to Dayanand Shetty 11-5, 15-10, 13-15
Rohan Juneja bt Pradeep Heble 15-14, 10-15, 15-14

Carl Bokdawala bt Bipin Batra 17-14, 13-15, 15-13, 
Saket Wali bt Rohan Gracious 15-13, 13-15, 15-14).

WCG `A’ bt The Leela 2-1 
Bipin Batra bt Rahil Shah 15-13, 15-8;
Rajesh Sonawane lost to Priyanka Yadav 7-15, 12-15;
Rohan Gracious bt Abhijit Kukreja 15-5, 16-17, 15-13.
The Club `A’ bt Otters `F’ 2-1 
Amitpal Kohli bt Nikhil Seth 15-14, 6-15, 17-15; 
Yakub Shaikh lost to Aditya Manjrekar 12-15, 15-17;
Saket Wali bt S Lokhandwala 15-14, 15-14.
Andheri Recreation Club bt Otters `B’ 2-0 
Deepali Anwekar bt Rishabh Singhvi 15-10, 15-13;
Dayanand Shetty bt Akhil Behl 14-17, 15-5, 15-9.
Otters `A’ bt Juhu Centaur `A’ 2-1 
Gaurav Juneja bt Hillary Fernandes 14-15, 15-11, 15-11; 
Vijay Sonawane lost to Bunty 15-13, 11-15, 11-15;
Vishal Kapoor bt Mukesh Oberoi 11-15, 15-8, 15-12.
Otters `A’ bt Jindal `A’ 2-1
Vijay Sonawane lost to Vijay Jangra 15-10, 11-15, 12-15
Rohan Juneja bt Arvind Singh 15-10, 11-15, 15-13
Gaurav Juneja bt Deepak Yadav 15-13, 13-15, 15-10

All Press Articles of the Tournament

Shirgaokars, The Club clinch Leela titles
(Article in The Daily : 19 / 7 / 2000)

The father and son combination of S. Shirgaokar and Niraj Shirgaokar claimed the doubles crown, while The Club, Andheri bagged the team title as the Leela-Monarch Twin handicap Team & Doubles Squash Championship concluded at The Leela Hotel on Sunday.

An experienced doubles pair, the Shirgaokars were forced to battle hard against minnows Xavier Marquis and Bunty Singh before clinching an exciting final at 13-15, 15-13, 15-14 as Bunty Singh hit the tin at match ball.

The Club overcame formidable Otters ‘A’ 2-0 to win the team title after Saket Wali overcame a stiff challenge from Otters’ Vishal Kapoor in a thrilling second tie, which went all the way to the wire.

Amitpal Kohli gave The Club the lead by winning the opening tie with a 15-13, 15-11 win over Rohan Juneja, which left Vishal Kapoor with the onus of bringing Otters back into the match.

Playing with a handicap of 8, Kapoor, the winner of the under-19 title in the Singapore Open recently, lost the opening game in dramatic fashion at 14-15 but remained in the fray after winning the second 15-12 against Wali.  But he squandered a winning opportunity at match ball after gaining a substantial 14-7 lead in the decider. Wali put Kapoor under pressure by winning crucial points as he closed in at 14-all before hitting a winner to seal victory.


Akhil – Nikhil duo bite the dust in Round 1 
(Article in Indian Express, Mumbai : 27/6/2000)

The fancied teams of Akhil Behl - Nikhil Lalwani and Deepali Anvekar – Vijay Sonawane suffered shock defeats against lesser known opponents in the first round of the team events of the Leela Switcher – Monarch Twin Handicap Team & Doubles Squash Championship at the Leela on Sunday.  

Xavier Bunty of Juhu Centaur sidelined Behl and Lalwani 15-5, 12-15, 15-3 while Arvind Singh and Sarvesh Chauhan of Jindal beat Anvekar and Sonawane 12-15, 15-8, 15-13.


Sonu, Shashi rally to enter third round 
(Article in Indian Express, Mumbai : 4/7/2000)

Sonu Mirani and Shashi Gupta stage a splendid recovery in the deciding game to register a come from behind 2-1 win over fancied Karan Bhatty and Jatin Guranani, to advance to the third round of the team event in The Leela Switcher – Monarch Twin Handicap Team & Doubles Squash Championship at The Leela Hotel, on Sunday.  

Merani and Gupta of Navi Mumbai Sports Association, set aside the first game deficit to get back into the match by winning the second quite comfortably.  

But the going was not as easy as they expected in the deciding game Merani and Gupta trailed 5-14 and it took an extraordinary effort for them to neutralize the score at 14-14, while Bhatty and Guranani buckled under pressure.  

Inspired by the experience of winning nine points in a row, Merani and Gupta finally pipped their opponents for a thrilling 9-15, 15-7, 15-14 victory.


Saket on a high 
(Article in Mid-Day, Mumbai : 11/7/2000)

Saket Wali came up a scintillating performance in the team and doubles categories to hog the limelight in the Leela- Switcher- Monarch Twin Handicap Squash championship at the Leela Hotel on Sunday.  

Saket led The Club to convincing 2-0 win over Willingdon Cathollic Gymkhana to book a berth in the final for the team event and later partnered Amit Pal Kohli to carve out a 17-14, 11-15, 17-16 quarter final win over fancied Anurag Gill and Rishabh Singhvi in the doubles category.  

After winning a close opening game, Saket and Amit Pal allowed their opponents to neutralize by surprisingly surrendering the second. But they staged a spectacular recovery in the decider while trailing 7-14. Relying on their resources, Saket and Amit Pal came up with timely winners to draw level of 14-all, which put Gill and Singhvi under pressure.  

Saket’s and Amit Pal’s troubles were not over as Gill and Singhvi battled hard to surge to crucial 16-14 advantage. But, to their dismay, the former capitalized on their revel's missed opportunities to come back from match-ball and clinch the issue in sensational fashion at 17-16.


Behl – Lalwani lose out in Leela squash 
(Article in Mid-Day, Mumbai : 30/6/2000)

The fancied teams of Akhil Behl and Nikhil Lalwani and Deepali Anvekar and Vijay Sonawane were shocked by lesser-known opponents in the first round of the team even of the Leela-Switcher-Monarch twin handicap squash championship at the Leela. 

The two pairs were among the three who experienced early upsets, the third being Bipin Batra and Jonathan Joshi.  

Relatively unknown Xavier Marquis and Bunty of Juhu Centaur created the first flutter when they beat Behl and Lalwani 15-5, 12-15, 15-3. Behl and Lalwani made a comeback by taking the second game, but too many unforced errors in the decider proved costly as they caved in rather meekly.  


Priyanka wins 
(Article in Mid-Day, Mumbai : 6/6/2000)

Leading from the front, Priyanka Yadav took host Leela into the quarter-finals of the Leela Monarch Twin Squash team after an exciting 2-1 win over Otters ‘C’ at The Leela on Sunday.  

Playing the opening file, Yadav over-came a brief scare in the third game to prevail over a gallant Avinash Bhavnani 15-11, 13-15, 17-16 in a close contest. After winning the first game and surprisingly surrendering the second, the skipper found the going though when Bhavnani restored party at 14-14 to force the game into extra points. Ideally, Yadav should have opted for a difference of one point to settle the issue, but strangely chose to opt for three.  

Underdog Bhavnani seized the initiative and won the first two points to lead 16-14. Playing under immense pressure, Yadav nevertheless relied on her experience and resources to draw level, forcing Bhavnani into errors, before the latter made one more error to give up fight.

34th Tournament Organised by ISP