ISP Squash

KHAR GYMKHANA - HERO HONDA SQUASH CLASSIC (Men’s Open Boys under-19, Men’s over-35 & Women’s Handicap Event)

  20th Feb 2005, at Khar Gymkhana, Mumbai

At the prize distribution ceremony held at Khar Gymkhana from left to right: Ashish Gupta (PRO, SRAM), Mahendra Agarwal (Founder Director, ISP), Amarjit Chadda (Secretary, Khar Gymkhana), Khalid A-H Ansari (Chairman Emeritus, SRAM), Sandeep Jangra (Winner in Under-19 Event), Kiran Mirpuri (Winner in Women’s Event), Darius Surti (Winner in over-35 category), Navneet Soni (Director, ISP) & Shiv Malhotra (Secretary General, SRAM).

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All Results :

Finals :

Men’s : Manish Chotrani bt Rohan Gracious 11-5, 11-5, 13-11.
Women’s (Handicap) : Kiran Mirpuri bt Shaheda Madraswala 11-7, 8-11, 11-8, 6-11, 11-7.
Boys under-19: Sandeep Jangra bt Vikram Malhotra 11-3, 11-6, 11-7.
Men’s over-35: Darius Surti bt Deepak Moolani 11-6, 5-11, 11-3, 11-8.

Semifinals :

Men’s Open :
1-Manish Chotrani bt 4-Vikram Malhotra 11-6, 11-6, 11-8;
2-Rohan Gracious bt Cyrus Vakil 11-9, 11-4, 11-7.

Women’s Open :
1-Saheeda Madraswala bt Namrata Purohit 11-7, 11-7, 11-9;
Kiran Mirpuri bt Ruchi Gupta 11-6, 8-11, 11-6, 4-11, 11-7.

Boys u-19 :
1-Sandeep Jangra (Jindal) bt 2-Laxman Joshi (Jindal) 11-4, 11-8, 11-5;
4-Vikram Malhotra bt 3-Ritesh Sharma 7-11, 12-10, 11-4, 11-6.

Over 35 :
Darius Surti bt Sanjay Goyal 11-5, 11-3, 11-6;
Deepak Moolani bt Gopi Mohite 11-9, 11-9, 7-11, 8-11, 11-9.

Quarter finals:
Manish Chotrani bt A I Singh 11-7,11-7, 11-8;
Rohan Gracious bt Kunal Jani 11-9, 11-1,11-4;
Cyrus Vakil bt Sachin Jadhav 11-8, 8-11, 11-9,11-9.

All quarter finals :

Men’s Open :
Manish Chotrani beat A.I.Singh 11-7, 11-9, 11-7
Vikram Malhotra bt Harjinder Singh 11-5, 9-11, 11-5, 11-5.
Cyrus Vakil beat Sachin Jadhav 11-8, 3-11, 11-8, 11-8
Rohan Gracias beat Kunal Jani 11-9, 11-1, 11-4

Boys u-19 :
4-Vikram Malhotra bt Naveen Jangra (Jindal) 11-9, 11-9, 11-8;
1-Sandeep Jangra (Jindal) bt Mohammad Merchant 11-3, 11-5, 11-5;
3-Laxman Joshi (Jindal) bt Joran Diwan 11-3, 11-8, 11-8;
2-Ritesh Sharma bt Cyrus Vakil 11-4, 7-11, 11-3, 11-8.

Women’s Open :
1-Shaheeda Madraswala bt Neha Nirmakani 11-7, 11-7, 11-5;
Ruchi Gupta bt Leena Basrur 9-11, 11-2, 12-14, 11-8, 11-7;
Namrata Purohit bt Avani Shetty 11-7, 11-7, 11-9.

Over 35 :
Darius Surti beat Shiv Malhotra 11-7, 13-11, 11-4
Jai Thappa lost to Sanjay Goyal 7-11, 7-11, 6-11
Gopi Mohite beat Rajesh Rajani 11-6, 11-7, 11-2
Deepak Moolani beat Riaz Mohammed 11-8, 11-4, 11-8

Press Articles of the tournament

Manish, Kiran emerge triumphant
(Article in Free Press Journal, Mumbai : 22/2/2005)

A four-month layoff due to an ankle injury did not seem to have had too much of a impact on Manish Chotrani’s fitness, reflexes and squash skills, as he demolished the host club’s Rohan Gracious in straight games to lift the men’s singles title in the Rs.1 lakh Khar Gymkhana – Hero Honda Classic, the 60th tournament organised by the Indian Squash Professionals, which concluded at the squash courts of the Khar Gymkhana late on Sunday. 

In the women’s handicap proved the bane of the top seed Saheeda Madraswala, who lost in five games to newcomer Kiran Mirpuri of Khar Gymkhana. Kiran, originally a badminton player, prevailed 11-7, 8-11, 11-8, 6-11, 11-7. The boys under-19 final went according to form, with the top seed from Jindal, Sandeep Jangra, proving too strong for fourth seed Vikram Malhotra. Jangra, who has benefited quite a lot from his stints in the training camps for the junior team, won 11-3, 11-6, 11-7 over an opponent who has just made the transition from under-15 to the under-19 age group. 

Chotrani, the top seed and National champion, looked a bit rusty in the intial stage of his match against Gracious and was helped to a great extent by at least six unforced errors committed by his opponent. With the first game in the bag, Chotrani went for winners and had Gracious groping for answers. Matching his younger opponent for stamina and displaying remarkable reflexes, Chotrani won the first two games easily at 11-5, 11-5, before Gracious put up a match better showing in the third game to run the champion close. Some close calls which went against Gracious saw him lose him composure at crucial moments. Which caused him to finally lose the third game 11-13.


Malhotra cruises past Khaladkar
(Article in Free Press Journal, Mumbai : 19/2/2005)

Fourth seed Vikram Malhotra with a strong performance quickly packed off Kunal Khaladkar in straight games in a boy’s under-19 pre-quarter-final match of the Indian Squash Professionals (ISP) organised Khar Gymkhana –Hero Honda Squash Classic, offering a prize money of Rs.1 lakh and played at the Khar Gymkhana Squash Courts on Friday. 

Vikram dominated from the start and raced to fluent 11-3, 11-3 victory in just 20 minutes to reach the last eight round. He will meet Joran Diwan, who defeated Dipesh Borade 11-4, 11-3 in the quarter-finals. 

Cyrus Vakil also booked a berth in the quarter-finals. Cyrus also enjoyed an easy time as he tamed Nilesh Mishra 11-1, 11-7 in another pre-quarter-final match.


 Malhotra, Vakil sail through
(Article in Mid Day, Mumbai : 19/02/2005)

Talented youngster and arch-rivals, Vikram Malhotra, seeded fourth, and Cyrus Vakil booked their spots in the quarter-finals of the boys u-19 category of Khar Gymkhana-Hero Honda Squash classic, Organised by Indian squash professionals yesterday. 

In the pre-quarter finals, Malhotra brushed aside Kunal Khaladkar 11-3, 11-3 in just 20 minutes to reach the last eight stage, where he will meet Joran Diwan, who defeated Dipesh Borade 11-4, 11-3. 


Shaheeda in squash final
(Article in Mid Day, Mumbai : 20/02/2005)

Top seed Shaheeda Madraswala took one step close to the women’s singles title when set up a last four clash with unseeded Namrata Purohit in the Rs.1 lakh prize money Khar Gymkhana-Hero Honda Squash Classic, organized by Indian squash professionals at the Khar Gymkhana Squash courts on Saturday. 

While Shaheeda outplayed Neha Nirmakani improving Namrata got the better of Avani Shetty 11-7, 11-7, 11-9. 

Fourth seed Vikram Malhotra continued his march in the boys under-19 category, entering the semi-finals, where he will play top seed Sandeep Jangra of Jindal. In the quarter-finals in Saturday, Malhotra beat Naveen Jangra 11-9, 11-9, 11-8, while the top see Sandeep accounted for Mohammed Merchant 11-3, 11-5, 11-5.


Jangra powers to U-19 crown
(Article in Mid-Day, Mumbai : 21/2/2005)

I Always felt in control,” smiled Sandeep Jangra after seeing off a spirited challenge from 15-year old Vikram Malhotra in straight sets to win the Khar Gymkhana-Hero Honda squash classic Boys U-19 trophy at Khar Gymkhana yesterday. 

The top seed won the slightly over 30 minutes contest, 11-3 ,11-6, and 11-7 against an opponent who is certainly on the rise. 

The experienced Jangra didn’t take too much time to show everybody just why he was the odds on favourite to lift the title. 

In the first game, it was all out power from the 16-year-old and his excellent ability at covering the court didn’t give the underdog much respite between shots. 

Once could sense Malhotra starting to come to terms with the pace of Jangra in the second, but the latter mixed his stroke play majestically to gain a stranglehold on the contest. 

In the Final game, the fourth seed provided glimpses of his unquestionable talent and it was neck to neck at one stage at 5-5. However, the class of Jangra once again surfaced as he took advantage of some unforced errors by his junior opponent to take the game and the match. 

“I still have a long way to go, although I am satisfied that I reached the final and gave him (Jangra) a good fight,” said Malhotra later.


60th Tournament Organised by ISP