Success for Shiv Sena MP on
squash court (Article in Asian Age, Mumbai : 26/1/2004)
Shiv Sena MP Sanjay
Nirupam, playing his first competitive tournament after taking to the game
in the past two years, overcome his first hurdle, winning his qualifying
round match in the Rs.2 lakh prize money Hero Honda Khar Gym-ISP Golden
Jubilee Squash Tournament at the Khar Gymkhana, on Sunday. Nirupam defeated
Sunil Shroff 15-13, 13-15, 15-12 to enter the main draw of the men’s
In other main draw
first round matches, Shaheen Madraswala and Rinki Soni advanced in the girls
under-15 age group, defeating Sudha Pandey and Shasha Sahani 15-7, 15-6 and
going the distance at Khar (Article in Mid-Day, Mumbai : 28/1/2004)
Vikas Jangra, who has
made it a habit of winning each and every squash tournament. He features in
stayed on course to maintain his unblemished run as he entered the boys
under-19 quarterfinals of the Rs.2 lakh prize money Hero Honda Khar Gym-ISP
Golden Jubilee Squash Tournament at the Khar Gymkhana yesterday.
Top seeded Jangra
defeated Ravi Pandey 15-6, 15-8 to set up a last eight clash with Kunwarpal
Singh, who was a 15-8, 15-11 winner over Gauraj Shah. Also having an easy
ride into the last four was girls under-15 top seed Shivangi Paranjpe, who
defeated Raghini Girdhar 15-3, 15-10, 15-3.
Easy for Seeds (Article in Mid-Day, Mumbai : 1/2/2004)
The top seeded players
Deepali Anvekar and Madhura Paranjpe lived up to their billing as they set
up a clash for the women’s title and the cash prize of Rs.10,000 in the
Rs.2 lakh prize money Hero Honda Khar Gym-ISP Golden Jubilee Squash
The top seed Anvekar
showed superb touch and great form in brushing aside Sarita Jethwani in a
semi-final tie at the Khar Gymkhana Squash courts on Saturday.
Anvekar did not spend
too much time on the court as she coasted to fluent 15-2, 15-2, 15-2 Victory
in just 20 minutes. In contrast, Paranjpe had a fight on her hands before
she staved off the spirited challenge offered by Kanika Premnarayan to come
out triumphs in the second semi-final.
Paranjpe faced initial
resistance from her opponent, who after losing the first game fought back to
win the second and level the scores. But, thereafter, Paranjpe seemed to
have found her touch and rather easily wrapped up the next two games to
clinch a 15-10, 9-15, 15-9, 15-4 victory and a place in the title round.
In the boys under-11
semi final match the third seed Tarun Nambiar rallied strongly to score an
upset win over second seed Abhishek Pradhan winning in four games at 14-7,
15-4, 17-15, 15-10.
In the final Tarun
will meet National Champion and number one seed Mahesh Mangaonkar, who beat
fourth seed Caran Arora in the other semi-final 15-7, 15-7, 15-8.
day out at Khar Gym (Article in Times of India, Mumbai : 31/1/2004)
It was the Jangra family
show at the Rs.2 lakh Hero Honda Khar Gymkhana ISP Golden Jubilee
Tournament. While unseeded Naveen Jangra caused a stunner upsetting third
seed Anup Sharma in the boys under-15 cousins Vikas and Sandeep Jangra won
their respective matches in the under-19 category to advance to the semi
Naveen upstage the more
experienced Anup 15-13, 15-11, 15-11 to advance to the semi finals. Top seed
Vikas Jangra polished off Kunwarpal Singh 15-8, 15-9, 15-9 in the under-19
quarterfinals while Sandeep accounted for Mohammad Merchant 15-9, 15-6,
Another family to excel
was the Vora brothers. While second seed Sahil made short work of Rohan
Gracious 15-4, 15-10, 15-9, younger brother Rushabh breezed past Sadiq
Madraswala 15-6, 15-11, 15-9.
Sahil is on course for a
final date with top seed Manish Chotrani. He was in majestic form on Friday,
playing a number of forceful volleys from the forecourt. Gracias mad the
second seed fight hard in the second and third game but Sahil had plenty
left in the tank to go through.
powers into Khar Gym squash quarters (Article in Asian Age, Mumbai : 28/1/2004)
Vikas Jangra, who has
made it a habit of winning each and every squash tournament he features in
stayed on course to maintain his unblemished run as he entered the boys
under-19 quarter finals of the the Rs.2 lakh prize money Hero Honda Khar
Gymkhana ISP Golden Jubilee Tournament at the Khar Gymkhana, on Tuesday. The
top seeded Jangra defeated Ravi Pandey 15-6, 15-8 to set up a last eight
clash Kunwarpal Singh, who was a 15-8, 15-11 winner over Gauraj Shah. Also
having an easy ride into the last four was girls under-15 top seed Shivangi
Paranjpe, who defeated Raghini Girdhar 15-3, 15-10, 15-3.
cruises along smoothly (Article in Mid-Day, Mumbai : 29/1/2004)
Deepali Anvekar, the
top seed among the women, kept herself on course to lift the singles title
and the top purse of Rs.10,000, brushing aside unseeded Mugdha Kulkarni
15-1, 15-1, 15-3 in the Rs.2 lakh prize money Hero Honda Khar Gymkhana ISP
Golden Jubilee Tournament yesterday.
Deepali meets Sarita
Jethwani in the round of four, who was a 15-6, 15-10, 15-11 winner over
In contrast, second
seed Madhura Paranjpe had a fight on her hands before getting the better of
Parineeta Chaudhary 17-15, 15-9, 15-10.
The boys under-15
first round matches saw Jindal lads Laxman Joshi, the second seed and third
seed Anup Sharma also advance with ease, scoring straight game victories
over Nitin Mishra and Rikin Sampat respectively.
National champion Manish
Chotrani and Deepali Anvekar won the men’s and women’s title in the Rs.2
lakh prize money Hero Honda Khar Gym-ISP Golden Jubilee squash tournament at
the Khar Gymkhana. Here, on Sunday.
Top seeded Anvekar beta
the second seed Madhura Paranjpe in three sets 15-5, 15-3, 15-0 to pick up
the winner’s booty of Rs 10,000 along with an attractive trophy. While
Madhura took home Rs.5, 000.
Manish Chotrani beat the
Sahil Vora for the top prize of Rs.20, 000. While the runner-up had to
settle for half that sum.
In the boy’s under-19
final the two relatives Vikas Jangra and Sandeep Jangra played an arduous
five-set battle before Vikas. The more experienced and elder Jangra emerged
victorious with a 15-10, 8-15, 15-12, 13-15, 15-11 scoreline. Vikas pocked
Rs. 15,000 while Sandeep had to rest content with Rs.7, 500.
shocks Pradhan (Article in Times of India, Mumbai : 1/02/2004)
Mumbai: Both players
heights were barely above the tin, they played with a lot of heart. In an
engrossing boys under-11 semifinals, third seed Tarun Nambiar caused a minor
upset when he put out second seed Abhishek Pradhan 14-17, 15-4, 17-15, 15-10
in the Hero Honda Khar Gymkhana-Indian Squash Professional (ISP) Golden
Action speak louder than words (Article in Mid Day, Mumbai : 31/01/2004)
The Hero-Honda Khar
Gymkhana-ISP Golden Jubilee Squash tournament received a great boost on
Sunday, the opening day, when Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Nirupam stepped on court
to play a qualifying match. Nirupam, who ha taken to the game about three
years ago, and known for his direct approach, must have realized that
actions speak louder than words and there would be no other better way of
recognize the efforts of the Indian Squash Professionals than actually
stepping on to court and playing the game.
For the record, Nirupam
won his match against Sunil Shroff 15-13, 13-15, 15-12 and would have loved
to test his skills in the main draw but was unable to do so due to prior
Mahendra Agarwal and
Chandrakant Pawar, the pillars of ISP received many a laudatory note, right
from the prime Minister, Dy Prime Minister, sports Minister etc but they
will definitely treasure memories of a top-ranking politician actually
taking time off and going through the rigors of playing a squash match.
Sheheeda storm into semis (Article in Free Press Journal, Mumbai : 28/01/2004)
Top seed Shivangi
Paranjpe and Shaheeda Madraswala stormed into the semifinals of the girl
under-15 event in the Rs.2 lakh prize money Hero-Honda Khar Gym-ISP Golden
Jubilee Squash Tournament at the Khar Gymkhana on Tuesday.
Shivangi cruised to a
comfortable victory against Raghini Girdhar winning the quarter-final
encounter in three straight games at 15-3, 15-0, and 15-3.
In the other quarterfinal
match third seed Shaheeda also had an easy outing as she defeated Rinki Soni
15-11, 15-6, 15-7 to make the semi-finals.
Top seed Vikas Jangra
from Jindal advanced to the quarterfinals in the boys’ under-19 category.
Vikas overcome Ravi Pandey in two games 15-6, 15-8 in a pre-quarter-final
50th MILESTONE FROM a Rs25,000 prize
money tournament for professionals (markers) only in January 1993 to the
Rs 2 lakhs Hero Honda-Khar Gymkhana tourney, the ISP (Indian Squash
Professionals) has come a long way and we are not talking prize money
AND TICKING The only sporting NGO (Non-Governmental Organisation) that has stage 50
tournaments (for this, they have received congratulatory messages from the
Prime Minister and the Ministry for Youth Affairs), ISP has been
instrumental in promoting awareness and interst in a sport that has more
often than not been dubbed the pastime of the elite
TOURNAMENT PROPER Former National champion Manish Chotrani carries the top billing in the
men’s while former U-19 champ Deepali Anvekar leads the women’s
seedings.The talented Vikas
Jhangra tops the boys U-19 while Vikram Malhotra and Shivangi Paranjpe are
topseeds in the U-15 boys and girls respectively.The tournament will also see competition in the following
categories – professionals (top seed Mahesh Verma), boys U-11 (Mahesh
Mangaonkar), girls U-11 (Sachika Balwani), boys and girls U-9, men’s +
35 (Darius Surti) and + 50 (Raj Manchanda).The event kicked off on Sunday and the finals are slated for
MISSING The tournament was initially slated to be a Rs.5 lakh prize money
extravaganza but when a corporate sponsor backed out, the stars followed
champions Ritwik Bhattacharya (based in London) and Joshna Chinappa (based
in Chennai) do not feature in the draws.
IN FIVE “We took 11 years to conduct out first 50 tournaments, the aim is
conduct the next fifty in the five years time,” promises ISP founder and
director Mahendra Agarwal.
Tournament organized by Indian Squash Professionals
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