Chandrakant Pawar, the
National professional squash champion from the Leela Kempinski, was
expected to win the Jindal Iron and Steel sponsored Pro-Masters Squash
Tournament crown, however he had a hard time putting out Anant More (CCI).
This tournament was
held at the Willingdon Club courts at Mahalaxmi with a Rs.40,000
prize-money in order to improve the status of these pros.
In his statement at the
prize giving function, Jindal vice-president, R. N. Ugre, said
professionals played a great role in only improving the performances of
youngsters, but also in the moulding of the character of the youth they
What a pity Ugra was
not there at the semi finals of this tournament where the trainees of
these pros behaved obnoxiously.
There were three kids
shouting to distract the concentration of Ramesh More, and even
instructing the referee about ‘block’ and ‘no let’. These rich
kids must be taught the basics of being sportsmen first and keeping their
big mouths shut when matches are on.
Chandrakant Pawar, of
The Leela, was made to fight to all the way By the Cricket’s Club of
India’s Anant More before he won the Jindal Pro-Masters squash title at
he Willingdon Sports Club courts on Sunday Pawar was richer by Rs.7,000 in
this this tournament for professionals (marker). It was his second title
having won the Monarch title last year.
More played more
strokes than his rival and won the first game 9-7. Pawar, the national
champion, found the court a little slippery making it hard to pick up the
drops and boast. But he adjusted as the match progressed, keeping the ball
in play. Anant More began making unforced errors and faded away though he
took the match to the decider. More got Rs.5,000 and the losing semi
finalists Rs.2,500 each.
The plat event for
first and second round losers was won by Baburao Salvi beatin D. Pandey.
Mr. R.N. Ugra,
vice-president of Jindal Steel, the sponsors, said the professionals had a
great role to play but also the character of the youngsters they coached
at their clubs.
Thirty-two took part in
this event conducted under the banner of the newly-formed Maharashtra
Professionals Squash .
Anant More, turned the
table at the Willingdon Sports Club yesterday in the Squash Pro-Master
sponsored by Jindal Iron and Steel Co. Ltd. Organised by Maharashtra
Squash Professionals. Anant More narrowly got through Santosh More by 3
games to 2 in the quarter finals at 9-7, 2-9, 8-10, 9-1, 9-4.
Earlier in the second
round he beat B. Salvi in straight games. 9-4, 9-0, 9-7.
In an other quarter
final match, Gopi S. Mohite overcome.
Sunil Verma in a
thriller, 9-0, 8-10, 9-1, 9-2.
In the second round
Mohite beat Prabhakar D in straight games, 9-1, 9-4, 9-8. Riaz Mohammed (Juhu
Centaur), went down to ace player Chandrakant S. Pawar in an excited match
Riaz gave a tough fight
in the third game when he was leading 4-0,7-6, and then lost at 7-9.
Earlier Riaz played
against Pawar in the semi finals at the Calcutta Nationals but there too
he lost to Pawar after leading 7-5 in the first game at 9-7, 9-4, 9-0.
According to the
members of Squash Professionals it is being learnt thatthe chief guest Sajjan Jindal proprietor of Jindal Iron and Steel
Co. Ltd. Has assured to sponsor rupees five lakhsfor the next tournament.
Managing Director of
Hotel Leela Kempinski’s Vivek Nair, had been the main sponsorer of
Chandrakant Pawar, in providing the necessary sports requirement.
Chandrakant Pawar of
the Leela ad a tough time in beating his opponent Anant More (CCI) after
being two set all.
The experienced Pawar
beat his opponents in the five setter. The score being 6-9, 9-7, 9-5, 7-9,
Pawar became richer by
Rs.7,000. The runners-up got Rs.5,000. The losing Semi finalist Rs.2,500
each and all the players who participated got Rs.500. The total prize
money was Rs.40,000. Sajjan Jindal the Managing Director of Jindal Iron
& Steel Company Ltd., was the chief guest of the function and gave
away the prizes.
Only one match went the
distance as the squash Pro-Masters tournament, organized by the
Maharashtra Squash Professionals and sponsored by Jindal Iron and Steel
Co. Ltd. Began at the Willingdon Club, Mahalaxmi onThursday.
Vijay Sonawane rallied
after dropping the first game to Sunil Bhandari 9-0 to take the next two
9-7, 9-5. Bhandari came back onto the matchby winning the fourth game 9-8,
before Sonawane clinched the decider 9-6 to win the second round match.
Sonawane had a relatively
easy first round victory over Devdas Tambe, winning 9-0, 9-3, 10-9.
professionals (markers) of squash get anotherboost when a Rs.40,000 prize
money tournament to be staged at the Willingdon Sports Club, Mahalaxmi,
from January 19 to 22. It will be sponsored by Jindal’s Iron and Steel
One of the organizers,
Mr. Sajjan Jindal, said all the leading professionals of the city and few
from outside will be taking part. This event will be organized by the
newly-formed Maharashtra Squash Professionals Association which has the
country’s national professionals champion, Chandrakant Pawar, of The
Leela as its president and Rajan Chandorkar (The Leela) as the general
The first Pro Masters
were sponsored by Monarch and Mudra, who staged a series of tournaments in
the suburbs thanks to drive of Pawar and Mahendra Agarwal.
There followed the
suburban tournament, the Transworld tournament for pros and juniors and
another suburban tournament. Then came the first ever doubles tournament
ofTimmy Builders and
The Kanakia – Leela
handicap tournament preceded the Pro-Masters of Monarch which had prize
money to the tune of Rs.25,000. The amount for the Jindal tournament is
Rs.15,000 more that. The sponsores also plan to set aside a corpus for the
benefit of the professionals who undergo hardships when having to play in
tournaments outside the city.
Forty year old
Chandrakant Pawar of The Leela, the national professional champion further
enhanced his status as the bestpro
on the squash scene when he defied age and called on his vast exeperience
to quell the challenge of younger rival Anant More of CCI in the final of
the Pro Masters squash tournament, organized by the Maharshtra Squash
Professionals and sponsored byJindal
Iron & Steel Co. Ltd.
In the final at the
Willingdon Club, Mahalaxmi on Sunday, Pawar prevailed in five games at
6-9, 9-7, 9-5, 7-9, 9-3 to take home the winner’s purse of Rs.7,000.
Chandrakant Pawar was
heading for his second professionals title when he entered the final of
the Jindal Pro Masters at the Willingdon Sports Club today. Pawar beat
Ramesh More of Bombay Gymkhana 10-8, 9-6, 9-4. Anant More, of the Cricket
Club of India, put out second seed Gopi Mohite 9-5, 9-6,and 9-4.
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