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KHAR GYMKHANA - ISP MUMBAI OPEN SQUASH CHAMPIONSHIPS (MEN'S TOP - 8, OPEN DOUBLES & HANDICAP DOUBLES EVENT)

  17th December 2004, at Khar Gymkhana, Mumbai
   

At the prize distribution function held at Khar Gymkhana from left to right: Ashish Gupta (PRO, ISP), Shiv Malhotra (Secretary General, SRAM), Sandeep Jangra, Amitoj Singh, Vikram Malhotra, Sarvesh Chouhan, Laxman Joshi & Sunil Verma (Chief Coach of Jindal Academy)

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All Results:

(Final)

Men’s Top 8: 2-Rohan Gracious bt Sachin Jadhav 11-3, 11-5, 11-6;
Third Place: 4-Vikram Malhotra bt 3-Niraj Shirgaokar 11-9, 12-10, 12-10;

Doubles Open: Niraj Shirgaokar & Vikram Malhotra bt Sanjay Goyal & Rohan Gracious 15-6, 15-10;
Third Place: Dhiraj Nagpal & Vijay Waghela bt Nikhil Behl & Tushar Bhambani 7-15, 17-16, 15-9;

Doubles Handicap:
Shiv Malhotra & Paramveer Singh bt Girish Jadwani & Kishore Vanwari 15-6, 15-11;
Third Place: A.I. Singh & Abhishek Pradhan bt Leon Emmanuel & Seshadhari 15-4,11-15, 15-9.

(Semi-Final)

Men’s Top 8 :
2-Rohan Gracious bt 4-Vikram Malhotra 11-8, 5-11, 6-11, 11-8, 11-6;
Sachin Jadhav bt 3-Niraj Shirgaokar 11-9, 11-10, 9-11,8-11, 11-7;

Doubles Open :
Vikram Malhotra & Niraj Shirgaokar bt Nikhil Behl & Tushar Bhambani 15-10, 15-14;
Sanjay Goyal & Rohan Gracious bt Dhiraj Nagpal & Vijay Waghela 15-12, 12-15, 15-12

Doubles Handicap :
Shiv Malhotra
  & Paramveer Singh bt Leon M. & Seshadhari 17-15, 17-16.

(Quarter-Final)

Men’s Top 8: 
Sachin Jadhav bt 1-Darius Surti 9-11, 11-9, 11-6, 11-9; 
2-Rohan Gracious bt Nikhil Behl 11-5, 11-7, 11-6; 
3-Niraj Shirgaokar bt Dhiraj Nagpal 12-11, 9-11, 11-7, 11-8;
4-Vikram Malhotra bt Harjinder Singh 11-2, 11-9, 11-7;

Doubles Open : 
Rohan Gracious & Sanjay Goyal bt Sachin Jadhav & Anil Mohite 15-8, 15-10;
Vikram Malhotra & Niraj Shirgaokar bt Rakshak Malhotra & Avinash Bhatija 15-8, 15-14; 
Nikhil Behl & Tushar Bhambani bt Suraj Shetty & Aditya Shastri 17-14, 13-15, 15-12; 

Doubles Open : 
3-Dhiraj Nagpal & Vijay Waghela bt Riaz Mohammed & Ashish Gupta 15-4, 15-12;

 

Press Articles of the tournament

Super cop Parambir’s super show
Addtl Commissioner pairs with Shiv to win doubles handicap squash title
(Article in Mid-Day, Mumbai : 21/12/2004)

Additional Commissioner of police, Parambir Singh proved his squash prowess when he paired with Shiv Malhotra to win the Doubles Handicap title in the Rs.1.25 lakh prize money Khar Gymkhana-ISP Mumbai Open Squash Championships, sponsored by Ashwini Jewellers. 

En route to claiming the top honours, Singh partnering Malhotra, came up with an inspired performance to quell the challenge of Girish Jadwani and Kishore Vanwari 15-6, 15-11.

Second seed Rohan Gracious ended the dream run of surprise package, Sachin Jadhav, winning 11-3, 11-5, 11-6 for a top spot in the men’s top-8 event.

 

Jadhav shocks Surti for semis
(Article in Asian Age, Mumbai : 19/12/2004)

The second day of the Ashwini Jewellers-sponsored Khar Gymkhana-ISP Mumbai Open Squash Championships clearly belonged to Sachin Jadhav who came with an inspired performance to stun the top seed Darius Surti for a place in the semi-finals of the men’s top eight event. 

Turning out for a late evening match on Wednesday at the Khar Gymkhana, Jadhav on his way to creating the tournament’s first real surprise, showed great fighting qualities as he recovered from an opening game reversal to topple the challenge of title favourite, Surti by the margin of 9-11, 11-9, 11-6, 11-9. 

In contrast, however the other quarter-final matches took a predictable course as victories were easily gained by seeded players. It remains to be seen whether Jadhav after his quarter-final exploits would be able to sustain his form in the semis against third seed Niraj Shirgaokar who overcome the challenge of Diraj Nagpal in four  games.

 

Rohan Gracious tames Sachin Jadhav for squash title
(Article in Free Press Journal, Mumbai : 19/12/2004)

Second seed Rohan Gracious brought Sachin Jadhav’s giant-killing run to grinding halt when he cruised to facile victory in the title contest in the men’s top-8 event of the Ashwini Jewellers sponsored Rs.1.25 lakh prize money Khar Gymkhana-ISP Mumbai Open Squash Championships. 

Rohan was not at all Gracious as he packed off Jadhav in three straight games at 11-3, 11-5, 11-6 to claim the top honours. 

Considering the strength of both these players and the manner in which they made it to the summit round. A pulsating contest was expected. But, that was not be as the unseeded Jadhav, who had scalped top seed Darius Surti and third Niraj Shirgaokar on route to the final, failed to rise to the occasion and went down rather meekly. 

Second seed Gracious. Who had accounted for Vikram Malhotra in the last four stage, was in elements right from the oust set in the first final slated for the day. 

Hardly giving any room for the opponent to settle down, Gracious stamped its authority in on uncertain terms. 

Enthused by the success gained in the individual event, Rohan Gracious was in line for a doubles open section where he partnered Sanjay Goyal. 

However the combination of Niraj Shirgaokar and Vikram Malhotra, made amends for their earlier disappointments, when they overcame Goyal-Gracious combination, scripting an impressive 15-6, 15-10 victory. 

 

Rohan Gracious tames Sachin Jadhav for squash title
(Article in Free Press Journal, Mumbai : 19/12/2004)

Second seed Rohan Gracious brought Sachin Jadhav’s gaint-killing run to grinding halt when he crused to facile victory in the title contest in the men’s top-8 event of the Ashiwini Jewellers sponsored Rs.1.25 lakh prize money Khar Gymkhana-ISP Mumbai Open Squash Championships. 

Rohan was not at all gracious as he packed off Jadhav in three straight games at 11-3, 11-5, 11-6 to claim the top honours. 

Considering the strength of both these players and the manner in which they made it to the summit round, a pulsating contest was expected. But, that was not to be as the unseeded Jadhav, who had scalped to seed Darius Surti and third seed Niraj Shirgaokar on route to the final, failed to rise to the occasion and went down rather meekly. 

Second seed Gracious, who had accounted for Vikram Malhotra in the last four stage, was in elements right from the outset in the first final slated for the day. 

Enthused by the success gained in the individual event, Rohan Gracious was in line for a double, vying for the crown in the doubles open section where he partnered Sanjay Goyal. 

However the combination of Niraj Shirgaokar and Vikram Malhotra, made amends for their earlier disappointments., when they overcame Goyal-Gracious combination, scripting an impressive 15-6, 15-10 victory. 

Meanwhile,Additional Commisoner of police, Paramveer Singh proved squash prowess when he paired with Shiv Malhotra to win the doubles handicap title. 

Singh partnering Malhotra, came up with an inspired performance to quell the challenge of Girish Jadwani and Kishore Vanmari in straight games 15-6, 15-11. 

Dhiraj – Vijay storm into semis
(Article in Free Press Journal, Mumbai : 16/12/2004)

Third Seeded pair of Dhiraj Nagpal and Vijay Waghela were not exactly methodical in their approach, however their efforts proved still good enough to earn them a place in the semi-finals of the doubles open event of the Khar Gymkhana-ISP Mumbai Open Squash Championships. Sponsored by Ashwini Jewellers and played at the Khar Gym courts on Wednesday. 

Enroute to booking their berth in the last four stage of this four-day event being played at Khar Gymkhana. Dhiraj Nagpal partnering Vijay Waghela, overcame a spirited late challenge from the combination of Ashish Gupta and Raiz Mohammed by the scoreline of 15-4, 15-12. 

Figuring in the bottom half of the draw, Dhiraj and Vijay by virtue of this victory, are the first team from this category to make progress in the penultimate round as the remaining quarter-final matches were scheduled later in the day. 

Racing away to a sizeable 6-0 lead in the opening game, the third seed pair of Dhiraj and Vijay showed the aggressive side of their game and thereby their intentions to close out the match quickly. Playing a good length, Dhiraj in particular had his rivals scampering all over the court. 

Rarely showing any semblance of a fight, the duo of Riaz-Ashish did not help their cause with a spate of negative points which saw them surrender the first game meekly. 

If the proceedings in the first game were anything to go by, the fate of the match was hardly expected to provide any surprise. However a spirited performance from Riaz-Ashish coupled with a somewhat complacent approach by their rivals, turned the second game into a tighter affair. 

In a game where fortunes fluctuated constantly, the contest was heading towards the decider. At one stage, the team of Riaz-Ashish had the lead, however the lack of fervour and fitness to capitalized on the slender advantage proved to be their undoing.

59th Tournament Organised by ISP

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