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HERALD MARITIME SERVICES SQUASH OPEN 2005 

 

 2nd July 2005, At Otters Club,  Bandra (W), MUMBAI

   
 
 

At the prize distribution ceremony held at Hotel Taj Land’s End, Bandra from left to right:  Noreena (ISP), Dr B.I.Singh (Winner in Over-45 category), Mahendra Agarwal (Founder Director, ISP), Legendry Squash Player Jansher Khan (Chief Guest), Ramy Ashour from Egypt (Winner Men’s Open), Zavary Poonawalla (Sponsor), Jamshed Appoo (Sponsor), Khalid A-H Ansari (Chairman Emeritus, SRAM), Navneet Soni (Director, ISP).  Sitting from left to right: Aditya Jagtap (Winner, Boy’s Under-15), Sandeep Jangra (Winner, Boy’s Under-19) & Gajendra Singh Rathore (Winner in Men’s Over-35 event)

 

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All Results :

Finals :

Men's Open : Ramy Ashour(Egyp) bt Farhan Mehboob (pak) 11-5, 6-11, 11-5, 11-0
Boys Under-15 : Aditya Jagtap bt Abhinav Sinha 11-4, 11-4, 11-5;
Boys Under-19 : Sandeep Jangra bt Vikram Malhotra 11-8, 11-8, 7-11, 11-9
Mens Over 35 : G. S. Rathore bt Darius Surti 11-4, 11-6, 11-7
Mens Over 45 : Dr. B. I. Singh bt Rahul Kumar 11-7, 11-10, 11-10

Semi-finals :

Mens :
Farhan Mehboob bt Bernardo Samper 11-9, 11-7, 11-9
Ramy Ashour(Egyp) bt Aamir Atlas Khan (pak)
11-9, 12-14, 11-6, 11-2.

Boys U-15 :
Aditya Jagtap bt Rishi Jalan 11-9, 11-7, 4-11, 11-3
Abhinav Sinha bt Rahul D'cunha 6-11, 11-5, 11-5, 11-6

Boys U-19 :
Sandeep Jhangra bt Manek Mathur 11-8, 6-11, 11-10, 3-11, 11-8
Vikram Malhotra bt Rushabh Vora 6-11, 11-10, 11-2, 11-10

Mens Over 35

G. S. Rathore bt Rohit Thawani 11-4, 11-4, 11-4;
Darius Surti bt Deepak Kochhar  11-9,11-1, 9-11, 11-5;

 

Mens Over 45

Dr. B. I. Singh bt Vaman Apte  11-9, 11-9, 4-11, 6-11, 11-9;
Rahul Kumar bt Chandrakant Pawar 8-11, 11-8, 11-9, 11-6;

Quarter Finals :

Boys U-19 :
Sandeep Jangra bt Fateh Singh 11-6, 11-8, 11-6
Manek Mathur bt Cyrus Vakil 11-10, 11-6, 11-1
Vikram Malhotra bt Laxman Joshi 11-2, 11-7, 11
Rushabh Vora bt Joran Diwan 11-7, 11-7, 11-7

Boys U-15 :
Aditya Jagtap bt Abhishek Pradhan 11-10, 11-4, 11-6
Rahul D'cunha bt Pranay Merchant 11-6, 11-0, 11-4
Rishi Jalan bt Sumaer Bahl 11-6, 11-6, 7-11, 11-8
Abhinav Sinha bt Mahesh Mangaonkar 11-8, 11-9, 11-10

Mens :
Bernardo Samper (Col) bt Ritwik Bhattacharya (Ind) 11-6, 11-8, 7-11, 8-11, 11-5
Farhan Memboob (Pak) bt Cameron White (Aus) 11-9, 14-12, 9-11, 7-11, 18-16
Amir Atlas Khan (Pak) bt Timothy Manning (Aus) 21-19, 11-4, 11-6
Ramy Ashour (Egy) bt Khalid Atlas Khan (Pak) 11-3, 11-5, 11-8

Mens Over-35 :
Darius Surti bt Gopi Mohite 11-8, 6-11, 11-9, 11-4
Rohit Thawani bt Jahangir Surti 1-3, 11-4, 11-6
Deepak Kochar bt Chetan Ladiwala 11-4, 11-6, 11-5
G. S. Rathore bt Raj Arora 11-4, 11-10, 11-4

Mens Over -45 :
B. I. Singh bt Sunil Gupta 11-7, 11-7, 11-4
C.S. Pawar bt Kishan Lal 11-9, 9-11, 11-3, 3-11, 11-7
Vaman Aptel bt Swagat Bam 11-9, 11-7, 11-6
Rahul Kumar bt Prakash Yelve 11-5, 11-6, 11-8

 

BIGGEST EVER PRIZE MONEY 
SQUASH TOURNAMENT IN INDIA

TOTAL PRIZE MONEY : RS. 11,43,752 (25000 US$)

  

CATEGORY

WINNER RUNNERS UP

SEMIFINALIST

QUARTERFINALIST

MENS OPEN RS. 2,17,500 RS. 1,08,750/- RS. 54,375/- EACH RS. 27,188/- EACH

BOYS U-19

RS. 1,00,000/- RS. 50,000/- RS. 25,000/- EACH RS. 12,500/- EACH

BOYS U-15

RS. 40,000/- RS. 20,000/- RS. 10,000/- EACH RS. 5,000/- EACH

MENS OVER 35

RS. 50,000/- RS. 25,000/- RS. 12,500/- EACH RS. 6,250/- EACH

MENS OVER 45

RS. 50,000/- RS. 25,000/- RS. 12,500/- EACH RS. 6,250/- EACH

Articles in Newspapers/website

 

Press Articles of the tournament :

 

City squash gears up for bonanza
(Article in Mid-Day, Mumbai : 23/6/2005)

There was plenty to cheer about at the Otter’s Club, Bandra yesterday. And for good reason too. With just four days to go for the Herald Maritime Services Squash Open 2005. there was a clear tingle of anticipation in the eyes of the organizers behind the nation’s biggest squash spectacle which kicks of f on Monday. 

The event received a financial boost from its sponsor Poonawala Stud Farms and co-sponsor, Sunil Jhangiani’s Chemistry, a firm dealing in women’s garments. 

“We did not hesitate to be a part of this venture because the values of our brand are very similar to that of the sport,” said Aseem Verma, Chemistry’s Chief Operating Officer. 

Zavaray Poonawala also willingly obliged his close friend, Captain Jamshed Appoo, when asked to sponsor the tournament. “He (Poonawala) is a big sports lover and we at once recognized the ambition of Captain Appoo. We are happy to be associated with this event,” said Col S R Gidwani, Director HR of Poonawala Engineering Group. 

The increase in prize money to almost double from last year’s edition is already a known fact, and that’s attracted not only the country’s finest talent but several quality international players as well. 

Shiv Malhotra, vice-president of Squash Racquets Association of Maharashtra (SRAM), revealed that many entries had to be turned down. “We received entries from players from Kuwait, England and New Zealand but had to say no since the selection of participants was done by invitation,” stated Malhotra.

 

Khalid survives Nandrajog scare
(Article in Free Press Journal, Mumbai : 30/6/2005)

Unseeded Gaurav Nandrajog gave a severe fright to Pakistan’s world number 110 Khalid Atlas Khan before going down in five games in a men’s open third round clash of the Rs.11.20 lakh prize money Herald Maritime Services Squash Open 2005. here on Wednesday, reports PTI.

The superior strokeplay and stamina of the Pakistani proved decisive in the end as the visitor went through to the round of eight by squeezing past his Delhi-based Indian rival 11-7, 9-11, 11-7,9-11, 11-6 at the Otter’s Club.

In a match marred by disputed calls by both players. Nandrajog came from behind twice in the tie to draw level before ultimately succumbing to his more fancied and cool decider.

In contrast. Khalid’s  younger brother Amir Atlas, the Asian junior champion and sixth seed (PSA rank 86), had a relatively easy outing against Egypt’s Mohsen Ahmed, winning 11-9, 1-9, 10-12, 11-6 to advance into the quarter-finals against third seed Timothy Manning of Australia.

The Australian simply carried too heavy an artillery for former national champion Manish Chotrani to match and stormed his way into the last eight with a 11-4, 11-3, 11-5 victory.

 

Win like an Egyptian
(Article in Mumbai Mirror, Mumbai : 3/7/2005)

Junior world champion Ramy Ashour stamped his class as he decimated Pakistani teenager Farhan Mehboob 11-5, 6-11, 11-5, 11-10 in the men’s final of the Herald Maritime Services Squash Open 2005. at the Otters Club on Saturday. Farhan, ranked 65th in the world, was leading 2-1 in previous encounters against Ramy, but the Egyptian crowd favourite was hungry to settle scores.

He started with a signature drop-volly to catch Farhan on the wrong foot and used his big reach and ball control to keep Farhan on the front court while calling the shots from the back. With a string of nicks and drops-vollys, he reach to 6-3 lead. At 7-5, Ramy and Farhan played a brillant rally, forcing each other to scurry all over the court. But Farhan made an unforced error, hitting the tin to go down 5-8.

Farhan came back strongly in the second game but after losing the third game 11-5, Farhan made a flurry of unforced errors to give Ramy 11 straight points.

 

Ashour outwits Mehboob for title
(Article in Times of India, Mumbai : 3/7/2005)

It was teenager from the “Land of the Pharaohs’, Ramy Ashour, who took home the booty on the final day of the Rs.11.5 lakh Herald Maritime Services Squash Open 2005, sponsored by Poonawala Stud Farms and co-sponsored by Chemistry at the Otters Club.

The Egyptian was a class act as he disposed off Pakistan’s Farhan Mehboob Khan 11-5, 6-11, 11-5, 11-0 in the men’s final.

The match drew a jampacked gallery and everyone expected a classic encounter. Ashour’s a prodigious talent and it showed in the way he dismantled his opponent. The Egyptian’s play from the fore court was par excellence, and his mastery over the drop was sight to behold. The ball often dropped dead after hitting the front wall. For a big man, Ashour is pretty light on his feet.

Mehboob, who is lightning quick on court, had scored some big wins leading upto the final. However, his play on Saturday bordered on the mundane. He was shorn off ideas and was unable to find answers to the Egyptian’s probing play.

Farhan showed some spunk in the second but a slew of unforced errors in the third helped the World Junior Champion regain the initiative. It was abject surrender by the Pakistani in the fourth. With his uncle Jansher in attendance, Farhan just gave up and did not bother attempting to reach the ball in the final few points. Ashour earned Rs.2.17 lakh while Farhan had to settle for Rs.1.17 lakh.

“It was a tough match, the first two games were not easy. However I knew I could wrap it up the fourth as I am fitter and have better skills,” said the elated winner after the match.

 

Ashour prevents all-Pak final
(Article in Times Sport, Mumbai : 2/7/2005)

With the Indians out of the picture in the men’s section, it was the turn of Egypt’s Ramy Ashour and Pakistani Farhan Mehboob Khan to hog the limelight in the Herald Maritime Services Squash Open 2005, sponsored by Poonawala Stud Farms and co-sponsored by Chemistry at the Otters Club.

Ashour was all class as he downed Amir Atlas Khan 11-9, 12-14, 11-6, 11-2 while Farhan ripped apart Colombia’s Bernardo Samper 11-9, 11-7, 11-9, in semi-final encounters.

The 17 year old Egyptian, the reigning World Junior Champion, was pitted against 15 year old Amir Atlas, the Asian junior king. The towering Ashour made full use of his reach and played delightful volleys. His touch too was impeccable often scoring with the deftest of drops. Amir, on the other hand, was far speedier, but committed mistakes at vital junctures.

In the first game, he had his chances, but it was the Egyptian who held his nerve to prevail. Though Amir recovered to win a thrilling second, the youngster from Cairo had too much in the tank to run through the next two to triumph. Farhan Mehboob won a breathtaking quarter final against Australian Cameron White on Wednesday, saving five match balls. He had a much easier time on Thursday as Colombia’s Bernardo Samper provided little resistance. The fleet-footed Pakistani kept Samper at bay with his midable from the forecourt scoring with inch-perfect drops.

There were two outstanding matches in the junior section. Sandeep Jangra for the umpteenth time got the better of Manek Mathur in a five game final. Vikram Malhotra got off to a hesitant start but settled down to overcome Rushabh Vora in an entertaining clash.

 

Sud struggles past Gurnani
(Article in Indian Express, Mumbai : 28/6/2005)

Jatin Gurnani dragged USA’s Sahil Sud to the distance at the Otters Club on the first day of the Rs.11.50 lakh prize money Herald Maritime Services Squash 2005, sponsored by Chemistry. The under-19 category face off was won by Sahil Sud 6-11, 10-12, 11-8, 11-8, 11-2.

Sud, a US citizen, down for his vacation, took time to settle down to the conditions, as well as the heat and humidity before displaying some good stroke play to get the better of his opponent.

Unseeded in this category, Sahil Sud should give some of the bigger names a run for their money if he manages to keep the momentum.

In another close match, Chennai’s Ajaz Shaikh rallied after dropping the second game to defeat Virendra Pawar in four at 11-8, 9-11, 11-6, 11-9.

The big boys of squash were yet to make an appearance, but the buzz that surrounds a big time tournament was definitely present at the Otters Club.

First round matches in the boys under-19 and under-15 age groups and qualifying matches in the men’s category saw some interesting match-ups and among the spectators were the Pakistani quartet and players from Egypt and Australia, who visited the venue to soak in the festival like atmosphere.

 

Ritwik, Ramy romp home; Pakistanis advance
(Article in Indian Express, Mumbai : 29/6/2005)

Top Seed Ritwik Bhattacharya got off to a good start, winning in straight games 11-7, 11-5, 11-2 against qualifier Abhishek Sharma at the Hearld Maritime Services Squash Open, at suburban Otter’s Club on Tuesday. India’s No 1 led the rest of the seeds into the second round of the 11.50. lakh prize money event, sponsored by Poonawala Stud farms and co-sponsored by Chemistry progresses.

Egyptian second seed Ramy Ashour, the world junior champion, was equally convincing in his 11-0, 11-1, 11-3 win over Anis Shaikh, while Aussie Timothy Manning, seeded third swatted past the challenge of Ramesh Singh 11-0, 11-3, 11-3.

Colombian Bernardo Samper and the other foreigners finished their matches in similar fashion, but for fifth seed Cameron White, who was given some semblance of a fight by unseeded Navneet Singh. The Sardar who trains at Chembur Gymkhana came up with some unbelievable winners in the forecourt as  he ran White close in the second game before running out of stem in the third to lose 5-11, 8-11, 1-11.

Of the foreign players, Samper and Amir Atlas of Pakistan impressed with their agility and power and delectable touch respectively. Samper, though hardly pressed to do so, gave glimpses of the power and athletic abilities as he brushed aside Akshay Shrinivasan 11-1, 11-0, 11-0, 11-1 win over Jodhpur’s Varun Jain.

 

Big names for squash tourney
(Article in Asian Age, Mumbai : 28/6/2005)

The big boys of squash were yet to make an appearance, but the buzz that surrounds a big time tournament was definitely present at the Otters Club on the first day of the  Rs.11.50 lakh prize money Herald Maritime Servises Squash 2005, sponsored by Poonawala Stud Farms here on Monday.

First round matches in the boys under-19 and under-15 age groups and qualifying matches in the men’s category saw some interesting match-ups and among the spectators were the Pakistani quartet and players from Egypt and Australia, who visited the Venue to soak in the festival like atmosphere. Though there were a couple of matches that went to four games in the boys under-19 category, the only match that went the distance featured USA’s Sahil Sud versus Jatin Gurnani, the former winning 6-11, 10-12, 11-8, 11-8, 11-2.

Sud, a Us citizen, down for his vacation, took time to settle down to the conditions, as well as the heat and humidity before displaying some good strokeplay to get the better of his opponent. Unseeded in this category, Sud should give some of the bigger names a run for their money if he manages to keep up the momentum.

In another close match, Chennai’s Ajaz Shaikh rallied after dropping the second game to defeat Virendra Pawar in four at 11-8, 9-11, 11-6, 11-9.

Men’s action begins on Tuesday, with fancied names, Ritwik Bhattacharya, second seed Ramy Ashour, third seed Timothy Manning and the Pakistan players taking the court.

 

Atlas brothers survive scare
(Article in Hindustan Times, Mumbai : 30/6/2005)

Former Junior world number one Khalid Atlas Khan and younger brother and reigning Asian junior champion Aamir Atlas Khan survived a scare from unseeded Gaurav Nandarajog of India and Egypt’s Ahmed Mohsen before entering the men’s singles quarters of  the Herald Maritime Services Squash Open on Wednesday.

In the men’s singles third round, Khalid overcame stiff resistance from Nandrajog in five long games to win 11-7, 9-11, 11-7, 9-11, 11-6. Aamir was also stretched by Mohsen before winning 11-9, 11-9, 10-10 (0-2), 11-8. Trailing 1-2, Nandrajog upped his level of the game stupendously. At 5-5, he won four straight points to lead 9-5. Khalid repeated Nandrajog then forced Khalid into making an error and followed it up winning a long rally to force the decider.

Khalid used the height and width of the court to great effect in the deciding game. Right from the start, he never lost control of the game. Khalid will take on Egypt’s Ramy Ashour in quarters.

 

Sandeep claims under-19 crown
Aditya beats Abhinav to take boy’s under-15 title

(Article in The Hindu, Mumbai : 3/7/2005)

Sandeep Jangra wore down Vikram in four games to clinch the boy’s under-19 title in the Herald Maritime Services Squash Open 2005, winning 11-8, 11-8, 7-11, 1-9 to take home a cash prize of Rs.1,00,000 at the Otters Club courts on Saturday.

The local lad gained Rs.50,000 for finishing second best in the Rs,11 lakh prize money event organised by Indian Squash Professionals.

Sandeep had the measure of Vikram in the first two games, happened in the third game. He, however, maintain the momentum and kept his self belief to bag the fourth game and the title.

Aditya Jagtap (Maharashtra) picked up the boy’s under-15 crown, worth Rs.40,000, after defeating Sinha over three games, the latter getting Rs.20,000 in this Poonawala Stud Farm sponsored tournament, co-sponsored by Chemistry Apparel.

Eight time world champion Jansher Khan, a special invitee for the event, played an exhibition match against multiple partners, including India No.1 Ritwik Bhattacharya and Mumbai’s Cyrus Appoo. The Pakistan great’s nephew Farhan Mehboob will take on Egypt’s World junior No.1 Ramy Ashour in the men’s open final, the winner’s purse being Rs.2,17,500 and the runner-ups Rs.1,08,750.

 

Ramy romps home in style
(Article in Indian Express, Mumbai : 3/7/2005)

If shots don’t get him, fitness will. Ramy Ashour had learnt that in course of his three previous squash encounters against Pakistan’s Farhan Mehboob, where the Egyptian had lost two matches and bagged one. Unfortunately, for Farhan (17), ranked six PSA spots below his 18 year old opponent at 71, his solitary defeat had been in their last meeting a hurting loss in a juniors tourney at Islamabad. Ashour leveled the head to head score on Saturday, winning their fourth face off in the Herald Maritime Services Squash Open final with a resounding 11-5, 6-11, 11-5, 11-0 win at the Otter’s Club.

Two matches all and the Egyptian looks like he has his opponent sorted out.

Ramy, who boasts of being the youngest ever junior world champion, today pocketed the richest prize money kitty that Indian Squash had to offer. And confesses that he managed to wrap up proceedings today in the simplest way possible. “Didn’t do anything fancy; just stuck to my basic game, since I know he comes under a lot of pressure if he’s pushed hard early and it is easy to wear him down,” he said of his 37 minute effort on the court later.

If that was basic, Farhan must be wondering what this high flying lad’s advanced game would look like.

Ramy made a strong start taking the opening game but came up against the left handed Farhan’s touch drops in the next. His second game blip also turned out to be Farhan’s high point for the match who dug a hole for himself in the third with a series of inexplicable unforced errors and drooped his shoulders lower in the fourth which was an embarrassing 0-11 freefall.

Pakistani legend Jansher Khan, watching his nephew from the stands, deepened his frown with each tame stroke that banged into the tie.

Bounding around the court with increasing fluidity, Ramy caught his tiring opponent flat footed and in just over half an hour was planning to celebrate his triumph on the dance floor.

While reading himself for a slightly bigger challenge than what he faced on court. Rather, rehearsing for it. “I am going to walk upto Jansher Khan and ask him if he liked my game,” the teenager said with star filled eyes.

Pakistan seems to be integral to Ramy’s history making, after he won the world juniors there and defeated a Pakistani to clinch this one. “Yeah, I am off to Pakistan next playing a big-PSA with the world’s top ten players.” A qualifier there, Ramy is looking to add more to his Pakistan profile.

 

Everything black and White for Suchde
(Article in Times Sport, Mumbai : 30/6/2005)

A bout of food poisoning could not keep Cameron White off the court. The Australian hardly showed any ill effects as he played a shrewd game to down Siddharth Suchde and enter the men’s quarter finals of the Herald Maritime Squash Open, sponsored by Poonawala Stud Farms and co-sponsored by Chemistry, at the Otters Club, White won 8-11, 11-7, 11-2, 11-8.

Much was expected of Suchde, who reached the PSA Chennai Open final last week, but lack of a finishing stroke led to his defeat.

White is no stranger to Indian having won the World Doubles title along with Byron Davis in Chennai last year. The 28 year old, who was at one time ranked as high as No.48 on the PSA circuit, played with plenty of guil. His clever variations kept Suchde guessing and the Aussie struck wonderful drops and boasts.

Though Suchde got off to a fast start, hitting pacy shots, he was not able to keep up the tempo. Davis worked his way back into the game slowing down the pace. After winning, the second game, he ran away with the third with some stirring strokeplay. Suchde did make a game of it in the fourth but the Aussie grimly hung on hitting a drop into nick and finishing off the match with a piercing backhand into the corner.

It was not a good day for Indians as Sahil Vora, Gaurav Nandrajog and Manish Chotrani all fell by the wayside. Nandrajog gave Pakistani Khalid Khan a torried time before narrowly going down in five games.

Egyptian Ahmed Mohsen suffered an unusual injury whilst leading 8-6 in the second game during his match against Amir mouth as he twinged a nerve which also affected his ear. The Egyptian went off for treatment, but returned 15 minutes later, and bravely battled on saving three match balls in the third before going down in four games.

 

Appoo profits from Samper’s tips
(Article in Times of India, Mumbai : 29/7/2005)

A few tips from his Trinity College (US) teammate from Colombia, Bernardo Samper, did the trick for Cyrus Appoo. The Otters Club youngster won a see saw five game battle against Bipin Batra to enter the men’s second round of the Herald Maritime Squash Open, sponsored by Poonawala Stud Farms and Chemistry at the Otters Club.

Cyrus, the son of Jamshed Appoo, is a much improved player. The  match had plenty of ups and downs but in the end he did enough to prevail 5-11, 11-5, 3-11, 12-10, 11-9.

Cyrus, needs a little work on his fitness and his play from the fore court, if he is to test tougher opponents. While Bipin got off to a fast start, Cyrus worked his way back with pounding straight fore hand winners. He dropped the third game but he showed plenty of craft to take the fourth and eked out a win in the decider with deceptive strokes.

Fress from his PSA title triumph in Chennai, top seed and World No.59 Ritwik Bhattachrya had an easy work out against qualifier Abhishek Sharma. He triumphed 11-7, 11-5, 11-2.

Colombia’s Bernardo Samper and Egyptian world junior champ Ramy Ashour impressed in their openers. Samper dropped just two points in his demolition of Akshay Shrinivasan while No.2 seed Ashour brushed aside beginner Anish Shaikh 11-0, 11-1, 11-3. There was a pretty amusing incident in the third game when Shaikh thought the ball had gone bust when it hadn’t. Every one including Ashour had a hearty laugh and went on to quickly finish off his opponent.

 

Mehbooba to face Ashour in Summit clash
(Article in Hindustan Times, Delhi : 2/07/2005)

FOURTH SEED Farhan Mehboob of Pakistan stopped the dream run of Colombian Bernardo Samper to book a berth in the final of the Herald Maritime Services Squash Open on Friday. He will take on second seed Ramy Ashour of Egypt in the final.

In the semi-finals, Mehboob outplayed Sampers to win 11-9, 11-7, 11-9 in 31 minutes. Ashour scraped past Pakistani teenage sensation Aamir Atlas Khan to win 11-9, 12-14, 11-6, 11-2 in 47 minutes.

After ousting top seed Ritwik Bhattacharya in the quarterfinals, Samper entered the court as favourite. However, southpaw Mehboob, who has been Mr Consistent throughout the week, maintained his dream run to emerge victorious. Mehboob was so consistent that he hardly made any unforced error. Besides, his agility and unmatched pace left the packed Otters Club gallery spellbound.

On the other hand, Samper appeared to be scratchy. Though he produced some magic moments in brief spells, he made several unforced errors at crucial junctures. The unforced errors forced him to lose the first and third game despite leading 8-6.

A relieved Mehboob said after the match, “I knew I had to keep the ball in play as long as I could and I am glad that I did it successfully. I am hopefully of doing the same in the final.”

In the other semi-final, Ashour won the battle between reigning world and Asian Junior Champions. Playing in front of his icon and uncle, Jehangir Khan, Aamir, who will turn 16 this month, matched every strokes of the burly Egyptian in the first three games, However, Ashour’s excellent use of court and power play took the steam of out of Aamir. From 8-6 in the third game, Ashour produced a stint of amazing squash to pocket 12 points in a row.

 

62nd Tournament organised by ISP