oust Vora in nail-biting final (article in Asian Age, Mumbai :
decision ion by Sahil Vora of HR Commerce, to go for a single point
decider instead of three points in the decisive game when it was tied at
14-14, costed him dear, as he went down to Vishal Kapoor 12-15, 15-13,
15-13, 11-15, 15-14 in a marathon final of the boys under-17 West Zone
Inter-School and Junior Collegiate Squash Championship at the Khar
Gymkhana on Sunday.
As the scores suggest the match was keenly contested right from the
start. In the first game, Sahil got some early points and Vishal under
pressure failed to finds his rhythm.
Sahil was comfortably placed at 11-6, when Vishal struck back his form
and took six consecutive points to make it 12-11, but thereafter
couldn’t make any further progress and lost the game to Sahil 12-15.
In the second game, Vishal got some early points but as the game
progressed points but as the game progressed points became difficult to
come for both the players. From the point when the score was leveled
11-11, Vishal had to slog hard to win the game at 15-13 with Sahil putting
a tough fight. The third game was also won by Vishal at 15-13 and the
score board read 2-1 in his favour.
In the fourth game, Vishal could not repeat his earlier performance as
Sahil proved too good for him. Sahil was leading at 9-2 when Vishal
rallied to make the score 11-13 with Sahil till leading. But then Sahil
managed to get two more points to settle the game in his favour, thus
pushing the match into decisive fifth game. Both the players fought neck
to neck. The climax of the match came when it was tied at 14-14. At this
point Sahil went for one point decider, and Vishal gained a stroke for
obstruction by Sahil, which decided the match in favour of Vishal, thus
providing an exciting end to the finals.
Siddharth, Ritesh scrape into semi-finals (Article in Indian Express,
Mumbai : 5/8/2000)
On a day of exciting encounters, Siddharth Samantray (Iskon) and Ritesh
Sharma (Jindal, Vasind) scored hard-fought victories to march into the
semi-finals of the Khar Gymkhana and Sindhishaan com-sponsored West Zone
Inter-School and Inter-Junior Collegiate Squash Championship on the fourth
day of the six day competition at the Khar Gymkhana courts, on Friday.
Participating in the under-15, section, Siddharth pipped Gautam Kalani
(Cathedral) 15-8, 15-13, 9-15, 11-15, 15-13, while Ritesh got the better
of Aditya Manjrekar (Sacred Heart, Santa Cruz) 13-15, 15-6, 12-15, 15-11,
In yet another close quarter final encounter Sahil Vora (HR Commerce)
advanced with a 15-7, 15-4, 15-7 triumph over Bipin Batra in the under-17
Vishal Kapoor quells Vora’s challenge (Article in Times of India, Mumbai :
Vishal Kapoor won a one hour 30minute battle against Sahil Vora to claim
the under-17 boys title in the West Zone inter-school and junior
collegiate squash championship at the Khar Gymkhana courts on Sunday. At
14-all in the decider, Vora called straight with Kapoor serving. The India
Junior international made no mistake. Kapoor finally prevailed at 12-15,
15-13, 15-13, 11-15, 15-14. Vora ended up on the losing made again in the
under-19 final where Junaid Nathani beat his H.R. Commerce teammate 15-3,
15-17, 15-9, 15-11.
Vikram Malhotra claimed the under-11 on his home courts beating Nitin
Chauhan of Jindal without dropping a game. Sandeep Jangra (under-13),
however, won some back for Jindal, whose Ritesh Sharma lost to Rishab
Singhavi in the under-15 final.
Supriya Balsekar claimed the under-19 girls title beating Rachita Vora
straight, while Alisha Mashruwala won the under-15 title at the expense of
Balsekar to clash with Vora in
squash final (Article in Asian Age, Mumbai :
Supriya Balsekar outplayed Kanika Premnarayan 15-5, 15-4, 15-8
to set up a title clash with Rachita Vora in the Girls Under-19 West Zone
Inter School and Inter Junior Collegiate Squash Championship at the Khar
Gymkhana on Saturday.
Rachita Vora made her way into the finals also with a clean
victory over Rhea Bhandare 15-8, 15-12, 15-8. Vikram Malhotra crushed Jay
Dalal 15-3, 15-5, 15-5 to reach the under-11 boys finals. Anup Sharma, who
beat Nitin Chauhan 15-12, 15-12, 17-14, is the other player in the same
category to make it to the final to be played on Sunday.
Talent abundant (Article in Mid-Day, Mumbai :
The results spoke for themselves. At the Sindhishaan.com sponsored West
Zone Inter-School and junior College Squash Championship which concluded
at Khar Gymkhana on Sunday, the ripples were caused by players who had
been part of the Team Mid-Day training trip to Kuala Lumpur.
Vikram Malhotra out classed the opposition in the boys under-11 and
reached the semi-finals of the under-13. Young Ishaan Balwani made it to
the last eight of the under-11. Manek Mathur was a semi-finalist in the
under-13. Siddharth Samantray did likewise in the under-15. Supreet Singh
reached the last four stage in both the under-17 and under-19. In the
junior girls, Natasha Lall was in the final of the under-15 and Rachita
Vora in the under-19. Vora defeated former Indian International Rhea
Bhandare in the semis of the under-19. Shailee Shelke lost to lall in the
under-15 semis. The performance of these juniors came was proof of the
pudding. They had improved considerably after their stint in Kuala Lumpur
with K.H.Ong. The Parents have seen the change and more important, the
other players have felt it.
The six days at Khar Gymkhana was an eye-opener for many and indeed
there have been several player who missed out on the trip, be it due to
threats or other problems, who are keen to go next May. The tournament
itself was a grand success. There was a record 185 entries, there were 50
prizes ranging from Macdonald vouchers, denim jeans, gift coupons from
Selection Centre, toys and cartoons. There was free food and refreshment
for the players and it all made a very friendly atmosphere. The event was
a joint effort of SRAM, ISP and Khar Gymkhana. Vanita Bhandari was the
Tournament Director. At the venue the indefatiguable Shiv Malhotra, squash
secretary of Khar Gymkhana, did a wonderful job.
He was ably assisted by a group of
dedicated workers. The ISP bridge
headed by Chandrakant Pawar were in charge of scheduling matches and
referees. Perhaps the best way to sum it all is in the words of a parent,
“This has been the best Inter-School event. We have never seen
anything like it,”
TOP seeded Vishal Kapoor of H R Commerce clinched top
honour after an exciting under-17 final against his second seeded
college-mate Sahil Vora in the West Zone Inter-Schools & Juniors
Collegiate Squash Championship at the Khar Gymkhana on Sunday.
The event was co-sponsored by Khar Gym and
Vishal emerged victorious –12-15, 15-13, 15-14,
11-15, 15-14 mainly due to his knack at varying the pace of the game,
which had Sahil in all sorts of trouble in the crucial decider. The point
that eventually decided the match, after 14-all, was a ‘stroke’
awarded to Vishal, on an obstruction from Sahil.
Maneckjee Cooper’s Vikram Malhotra proved too hot
for Nitin Chauhan of Jindal (Vasind) in the under-11 final. Vikram, who
will be off for HongKong to participate in the HongKong Juniors Opens won
15-7, 15-7 and 15-7 with consummate ease.
Supreet upsets Mihir (Article in Times of India,
Mumbai : 5/08/2000)
Sixth seeded Supreet Singh caused an upset in the
boys under-19 quarterfinals when beating third seed Mihir Seth in the West
Zone schools and juniors college squash championship sponsored by
Sindhishaan.com at the Khar Gymkhana on Friday. Supreet, who was among the
group that underwent coaching at Malaysian’s Petra Foundation, won
14-17, 15-14, 15-12 and 15-3.
Jindal School lad Ritesh Sharma won a ding dong
tussle against Aditya Manjrekar of scared Heart to move into the boys
under-15 semifinals. Sharma won 15-13, 6-15, 15-12, 11-15, 6-15.
Another hard-fought clash saw Siddharth Samantary of
Iskon edging out Gautam Kalani of Cathedral with every point being fought
for. Siddharth won 15-8, 15-13, 9-15, 11-15, 15-13.