Sachika in finals (Article
in Hindustan Times, Mumbai : 12/4/ 2006)
SANDEEP JHANGRA, the boys under-19 top seed, made it
to the singles final with ease, but dropped a set to seasoned
professionals Vijay Waghela before reaching the men’s singles semi finals
of the KG-NECC Mumbai Open Squash Championship here on Tuesday.
While Jangra hardly broke a sweat in brushing aside
the challenge of fourth seed Karan Kumar, winning 11-1, 11-5, 11-5 in 25
minutes to make the boys under-19 final, he was given a run for his money
by Waghela before he prevailed 11-4, 11-7, 9-11, 11-8. he now meets top
seed Manish Chotrani, who outplayed Ranveet Singh 11-3, 11-8, 11-7.
Young Sachika Balwani also ensured her place in the
limelight when she defeated Avani Shetty 11-7, 11-8, 11-5 to reach the
women’s singles final. She take on Kiran Mirpori, who dropped a set before
defeating Ashween Anand 11-8, 7-11, 11-5, 11-7.
In the men’s singles quarterfinals, Jangra began at a
fast clip against Waghela, racing to a two game lead in a jiffy before
Waghela put a broken on the proceedings by slowly the pace of the game.
Engaging his opponent in long rallies, Waghela forced
errors from Jangra, winning the game 11-9. he also managed to keep things
close till 5-5 in the fourth. However, Waghela, who had a five-game win
the previous day, began tiring and younger Jangra pulled away for a 11-8
But What’s The Use?
Despite Winning Titles, The
SRFI Has Laways Ignored Chotrani (Article
in Mid- Day, Mumbai : 13/4/ 2006)
Manish Chotrani came up with yet another splendid
performance to defeat Vikas Jangra 3-1 (11-8, 11-7, 5-11, and 11-4) in the
final of men’s ISP-SRAM Khar Gymkhana NECC Squash Open Championships
yesterday. This was Chotrani’s second title in five-days after the
35-years-old pocketed the Top-8 squash tournament at Otters Club on
Chotrani was inspirational in the first two sets.
Jangra stole the thunder in the third set with some exemplary play but
gave it up in the fourth set.
“Vikas carried a preconceived notion that I was
exhausted after the third set. But, I was fresh enough to take him by
surprise,” said Chotrani, often overlooked by Squash Rackets Federation of
India for international tournaments.
“SRFI is looking for young talent and I am completely
neglected despite winning many tournament in Maharashtra,” added the
two-time national champion.
Sachika, Reach Final In Women’s Section (Article
in DNA, Mumbai : 12/4 2006)
Sandeep Jangra, the boy under-19 top seed,
comfortably entered the singles final beating fourth seed Karun Kumar
11-1, 11-5, 11-4 in the semifinals of the KG-NECC Mumbai Open Squash
Championships at the Khar Gymkhana on Tuesday. It took Sandeep hardly 25
minutes to set aside a meek challenge by the fourth seed.
Earlier, Sandeep, who has also entered in the men’s
category was given a run for his money by Vijay Waghela before the former
triumphed 11-4, 11-7, 9-11, 11-8 to each the last four. With this win, the
18-years-old set up a clash with top seed Manish Chotrani, who gave a
vintage display to get the better of Ravneet Singh 11-3, 11-8, 11-7.
Beginning his match at a fast pace against Waghela,
Sandeep raced to a two-game lead in a jiffy but Waghela bounced back and
applied brakes on the proceedings by slowly down the pace of the game.
Engaging his opponent in long rallies, Waghela forced errors from Sandeep,
winning the third game 11-9. however, Waghela, who had a five game win the
previous day, was betrayed by his stamina and Sandeep managed to pull off
a 3-1 win.
Meanwhile, in the women’s open category, top seed
Sachika Balwani ensured a place in the final when she beat Avani Shetty
11-7, 11-8, 11-5.
Balwani will clash with Kiran Mirpori who overcame
Ashween Anand 11-8, 7-11, 11-5, 11-7.
Manish Wins A Thriller
Sachika Balwani stuns seasoned Kiran Mirpori (Article
in DNA, Mumbai : 13/4/ 2006)
Manish Chotrani quelled the charge of Vikas Jangra in
a four-game thriller to lift the men’s singles title in the KG-NECC Mumbai
Open Sqaush Championship, which concluded at the Khar Gymkhana courts here
Chotrani matched the fitter and younger Jangra from
Indian Navy stroke, racing to a two-game lead before taking a breather of
sorts in the third, and coming back in the fourth strongly to demolish the
second-seeded player. Chotrani won 11-8, 11-7, 5-11, 11-4 to pocket the
winner’s purse of Rs.8,000/-. It was Chotrani’s second major title in four
days, having won the ISP-Maharshtra Top 8 event.
Meanwhile, young Sachika Balwani has been taking
giant steps towards the senior ranks of women’s squash in the country.
Sachika routed Kiran Mirpuri 11-1, 11-7, 11-1 to lift the women’s title.
Sachika, no more the frail lass she was when she
began her career, was never in trouble against the taller and physically
stronger Mirpuri, aged 26 but a relative newcomer to the sport. Sachika,
who is now off to play in the German Open, took home Rs.4,000/-.
In the boys’ under-19 final, a sudden bout of boredom
and complacency seemed to have overcome Vikram Malhotra as he just shut
off while leading 8-4 in the second game, after having won the first game
11-9 to end up eventual loser against top seed Sandeep Jangra. Sandeep
Jangra prevailed 9-11, 11-9, 11-5, 11-4.
Also making heavy weather of his match was Abhishek
Pradhan. Against Ajan Jayant, who was playing his first squash final,
Pradhan managed to pull off a 11-3, 11-8, 13-11 victory. Having come into
this match after playing a doubles encounter, Pradhan appeared a bit stiff
on court not having warmed up enough before the match. With his movements
on court hampered, Jayant was successful in taking points off Pradhan and
it was only when he drew level at 11-11 did Pradhan woke up from his
slumber, taking the next two points to seal the title.
Tournament Organised by ISP
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