Avinash Bhavnani and Santosh More of Otters Clib combined perfectly to tame
the challenge from Vikram D’souza and Rakesh Punjabi of Willingdon Catholic
Gymkhana to book a berth in the quarter final of the Club Prana Spa and
Center and ISP Doubles Squash Championship at the
air-conditioned glass-backed courts of the Hyatt Regency on Saturday.
pre-quarter-final match Bhavnani and More coasted to an easy 15-10, 15-13
the other pre-quarter-final match Rajesh Sonawane and Jay Thapa from
Willingdon Catholic Gym beat the combo of Raj Gill and Joyson Bothelo from
Chembur Gym 15-6, 15-12 to reach the quarter finals.
–Goyal lift Club Prana title (Article in Free Press Journal, Mumbai : 24/02/2004)
professionals national champion Chandrakant Pawar provided magical glimpse
of yore, when he and partner Sanjay Goyal, representing Indian Squash
Professionals, staved off a spirited challenge from the younger Otters Club
duo of Avinash Bhavnani and Santosh More to win the title in the Club Prana
Spa and ISP Doubles Squash Championship at the air-conditioned glass-backed
courts of the Hyatt Regency, here on Sunday.
Pawar and Goyal were
taken the distance by Bhavnani and more before winning 15-13, 13-15, 15-11,
6-15, 17-16 and gaining for themselves an attractive free stay package in
the hotel. Though Pawar’s legs seemed to be feeling him in the latter stages
of the match, he hung on tenaciously, spurred on by partner Goyal and his
delicate touch saw him win crucial points for the team when the scores were
neck to neck in the decider.
In the semi-finals, while
Pawar and Goyal got the better of WCG’s Rajesh Sonavane and Jay Thapa 15-8,
15-11, 16-17, 7-15, 15-13, Bhavnani and More beat the Hyatt Regency’s Brian
Sopher and Riaz Mohammed 15-9, 15-14, 15-9.
Tournament Organised by ISP
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