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JVPG-Harman Baisakhi-ISP Squash Classic

  14th April 2006 at Juhu Gymkhana, Mumbai
   
 


At the prize distribution function of the tournament from left to right : (Co-sponsors) Kalpesh Mehta, Ashish Mehta and Amit Mehra, Manpreet Minhas (Sponsor, Director - Harman Fino Chem Pvt. Ltd.), Manish Chotrani & Vijay Sonawane (Runners up), Harsh Toteja (Squash Secretary, JVPG), Jagdish Parekh (General Secretary, JVPG), Sanjay Goyal (Secretary General, ISP), Ashish Gupta (President, ISP), Vikram Malhotra & Niraj Shirgaokar (Winners), Riaz Mohammed (ISP) & Jogi Singh (Coach)

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All Results:

Finals:
Niraj Shiragaokar and Vikram Malhotra bt Manish Chotrani and Vijay Sonawane 12-15, 15-12, 15-7, 15-10

Semi Finals:
1-Niraj Shiragaonkar and Vikram Malhotra bt 4-Sanjay Goyal and Rohan Gracious 7-15, 15-13, 15-8; 
2-Manish Chotrani and Vijay Sonawane bt Dheeraj Nagpal and Mohd. Merchant 17-15, 10-15, 15-9.

Quarter Finals:
1-Niraj Shiragaonkar and Vikram Malhotra bt Gopi Mohite and Vijay Waghela 15-13, 8-15, 17-15; 
4-Sanjay Goyal and Rohan Gracious bt Rajesh Rajani and Shiv Malhotra 11-15, 15-11, 15-8; 
Dhiraj Nagpal and Mohd. Merchant bt Amit Pal Kohli and Sachin Jadhav 15-10, 15-10; 
2-Manish Chotrani and Vijay Sonawane bt Cyrus Vakil and Mohit Lalwani 8-15, 15-11, 15-8.

 

Press Articles of the tournament :

Niraj & Vikram Enter Final
(Article in Asian Age : 15/4/ 2006)

Niraj Shirgaokar and Vikram Malhotra made it to the final of the Rs 50,000/- prize money JVPG Harman Baisakhi ISP Squash Classic, sponsored by Harman Finochem Ltd. and hosted by the Juhu Vile Parle Gymkhana with a 7-15, 15-13, 15-8 victory over Sanjay Goyal and Rohan Gracious in semi final match here on Sunday.

In another last four stage encounter, second seed Manish Chotrani and Vijay Sonawane overcame the challenge of Dhiraj Nagpal and Mohd Merchant by a 17-5, 10-15, 15-9 margin.

Earlier in the quarterfinal match, unseeded Dhiraj Nagpal and Mohd Merchant upset third seed Amit

 

No Stopping Them
(Article in DNA, Mumbai :  15/4/2006)

Vikram, Niraj two good, storm into round four.

Vikram Malhotra and Niraj Shirgaokar qualified for the fourth round in the Doubles Handicap Juhu Vile Parle Gymkhana Harman Baisakhi ISP Squash Classic yesterday. They defeated Amit Mehra and Anil Mohite 2-1 (8-15, 17-15, 15-11) in the second round. The Duo awarded a handicap of 0-8, 0-6 and 0-7 to their opponents in the first, second and third set respectively. They lost the first set and claimed the second by a narrow margin. However, they came into their own in third set to score a thumping victory.

The Malhotra and Shirgaokar pair who won the Doubles-Open. Squash Championship at Khar Gymkhana in March this year, later claimed their second victory of the day by trouncing Siddharth Samantray and Sunil Gambers 2-1 (13-15, 15-13, 15-9) in the third round. Samantray and his Partner enjoyed a handicap of 7-0, 5-0 and 6-0 in the first, second and third set respectively. Samantray and Gambers exploited the first set handicap to their advantage by winning a couple of points initially and leading the way by a considerable margin. The Khar Gymkhana Champions tried their level best to come back in the game but it was too late for them. The game was evenly poised in the second set when Gambers suffered a knee injury to get a much brather. Though, Gambers decided to continue playing but he was struggling for balls beyond his reach. It was all left to Samantray who didn’t give it up easily. He fought a lone battle till the end but was not able to finish it off in the second set. The third set was a mere cakewalk for Malhotra and Co.

 

Rajani, Malhotra win
(Article in Asian Age, Mumbai :14/4/2006)

Khar Gymkhana’s Rajesh Rajani and Shiv Malhotra showed good  fighting qualities to advance to the second round of the Rs.50,000 prize money JVPG Harman Baisakhi ISP Squash Classic, Sponsored by Harman Finochem Ltd and hosted by the Juhu Vile Parle Gymkhana. They scored 15-12, 12-15,15-12 win over Aditya Kochhar and Arjun Kochhar in a first round on Thursday.

 

Malhotra – Shirgaokar Champs
(Article in Indian Express, Mumbai : 16/4/06)

The combination of youth and experience, which translated into speed and guile helped the top seeded duo of Vikram Malhotra and Niraj Shirgaokar recover from the loss of a game to defeat second seeds Manish Chotrani and Vijay Sonawane in the final of the JVPG Harman Baisakhi ISP Squash Classic, the highest prize money handicap doubles event, the 69th event organised by the ISP and Hosted by the Juhu Vile Parle Gymkhana.

It was the second doubles title for the left-right combination of Shirgaokar and Malhotra, having won the open doubles title at Khar Gymkhana recently, and fetched the winners a purse of Rs.20,000. Beginning with a handicap of 1 point, Shirgaokar and Malhotra lost the first game, thanks mainly to the super play from Chotrani and Sonawane doing just enough to back him up. The handicap was reversed for the second and Shirgaokar and Malhotra then began attacking Sonawane, hitting deep and  making him work hard for his shots. The ploy paid off and with the champions leading 11-9, Sonawane was struck by cramps. With his movements restricted, Shirgaokar and Malhotra kept up the pace of the game to win it 15-12 and level scores. In the next two games, though Chotrani took on a lot of the extra burden in an attempt to shield has injured partner, the effort was just not enough to thwart the joint assault from Shirgaokar and Malhotra, who won the third game in a Jiffy at 15-7 and then went to win the fourth 15-10 and with it the match.

    

69th Tournament Organised by ISP

 

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