HOW TNSRA (tamilnadu squash
rackets association) CONDUCTS WORLD TOURNAMENTS
8TH SQUASH WORLD UNIVERSITY GAMES CHENNAI A FIASCO FOR
INDIA: 7TH SEPTEMBER
Nour Nasser El
Tayeb(Egypt) the highest ranked female (world no. 25)
did not turn up for the championship as did a few more
countries and the women’s draw had only 16 players. The
men’s draw suffered the same problem and consisted of
only 23 players as even Nepal pulled out at the last
moment. The best Indian University players not called or
selected were 1.Ramit Tandon 2. Aditya Jagtap. 3. Karan
Mallik 4. Anaka Alankonamy (Indian Univs – 1. Ashray
Ohri 2. Abhishek Aggarwal 3. Rajat Sharma 4. Puneet
Pareek ) etc.
Ironically the AIU (All India
University) 18th March 14 meeting which sanctioned this
‘mega global event ‘ and quote unquote ‘ was appreciated
and approved by one and all. Hence, this development /
step being great event will certainly prove to be a
landmark in the history of AIU’s sports activities for
all times to come ’, proved to be a fiasco, especially
DAY 1 - The Indian
contingent of which 3 out of 4 players lost in their 1st
round was decimated excepts for Aparajitha who won
against a higher seed. Ullah Rizwan Gul (PAK) bt
Hiteswar Singh Riar (IND) 11-5, 11-5, 11-6 James van
Staveren (CAN) bt Maninder Pal Singh (IND) 11-7, 11-8,
11-5 [3/4] Zulhijjah Binti Azan (MAS) bt Sachika
Ingale (IND) 11-3, 7-11, 12-10, 11-3 Aparajitha
Balamurukan (IND) bt [5/8] Teh Min Jie (MAS) 11-8, 11-9,
DAY 2- In the 2nd round the
only remaining Indian , the ubiquitous 5/8th seed Ravi
Dixit ( bye in the 1st round) lost to an unseeded South
African on his home turf.
The last remaining
Indian, Aparijitha made a valiant effort against the
Egyptian 2nd seed and managed to take a game of her
before losing . Sachika also lost her 2nd match 3-0 and
has to be satisfied with the very attainable 13th
position out of a draw of 16. Hiteshwar , the lucky
inductee , as none of the top 10 Mumbai /Delhi college
players contested the selections, lost 3-1 in the
placement. Maninder got a double bye  Farah Abdel
Megid (EGY) bt Aparajitha Balamurukan (IND) 11-3, 11-5,
10-12, 11-4 (28m) Andrew Martin (RSA) bt [5/8] Ravi
Dixit (IND) 11-9, 11-4, 6-11, 4-11, 11-8 (40m) Marc
Vaez Oliveira (FRA) bt Hiteswar Singh Riar (IND) 11-3,
11-3,9-11, 11-8 Nada Elkalaawy (GBR) bt Sachika
Ingale (IND) 11-6 11-5 11-2
DAY 3 -
Ravi (5/8) is on a roll as he lost twice in
succession to another unseeded player James Van Staveren
from Canada 9-11, 11-6, 14-12, 11-8 (3-1) and now has to
be content with an 11th or 12 position. Maninder lost 3
- 0 to the talented Frenchman Antoine – Camille Petrucci
– 11-1, 11-3, 11-7 and can only vie for the 19th or 20th
position. Hiteshwar had the ignominy of losing 3-0 to
Barbak Khan of Pakistan and coming last .(23rd out of
23) Sachika managed to beat Sammer Anjum (Pakistan) 3-1
8-11, 11-9, 11-6, 11-9 and come 13/14th out of 16.
Aparajitha is the only Indian who saved India from a
scathing defeat in her hometown by beating the 3rd seed
Cheyna Tucker (3/4) of South Africa 7-11, 11-9, 11-4,
DAY 4 – Indian
results in the singles events Aparajitha came 6th
out of 16 Sachika Ingale came 13th out of 16 Ravi
Dixit (5/8) came 11th out of 23 Maninder Sandhu came
19th out of 23 Hiteshwar Riar came 23rd out of 23
DAY 5 – INDIAN RESULTS [3/4] MALAYSIA
beat INDIA 2/0 [5/8] Sanjay Singh (MAS)bt
Ravi Dixit (IND) ( 3- 1) 11-6, 11-8, 6-11, 11-7 [3/4]
Zulhijjah Binti Azan (MAS) bt Aparajitha Balamurukan
(IND) ( 3-0) 11-7, 11-9, 11-7
overview of Saturday, September 6, 2014 - 5th - 8th
DAY 6 – Indian results 5th place
play-off: 2:00 PM Mix Team PAKISTAN [5/8] - INDIA
DAY 7 CANADA bt
INDIA 2/1 Alix Younger (CAN) lost to
Sachika Ingale (IND) (2-3) 11-8, 11-9, 9-11, 5-11, 9-11
Cameron Seth (CAN) bt Maninder Pal Singh (IND) (3-1)
12-10, 11-8, 12-14, 11-3 James van Staveren (CAN) bt
Hiteswar Singh Riar (IND) (3-0) 11-4, 11-9, 11-7
TEAM RESULTS 1. Egypt 2.UK 3.
Malaysia 4. South Africa 5.Canada 6.India (because of
walkover from Pakistan for no valid reason) 7. France 8.
In short this university tournament will
be remembered for a depleted Indian contingent since the
TNSRA controlled SRFI wanted only Chennai players to
participate and that resulted in a fiasco instead of
projecting the prowess of the genuine Indian University
players which could have come in the top 3.
In a repeat of the 2009 final in
Taipai, Malaysia's Nicol David made three World Games
Gold medals in a row as she beat Natalie Grinham in
The 9th Edition ofWorld Games squash action - featuring 40 of the
sport's leading men and women athletes, representing 20
member nations - is taking place at Club Caniasgordas,
which boasts six glass back courts plus an all-glass
Fathi takes out top seeds to claim London Open title: 25/11/2012
Egyptian teenager Karim Ali Fathi celebrated his fifth PSA World Tour title of the year - and his second upset in the event - when he beat second seed Chris Ryder in the final of the London Open, the PSA Challenger 10 event in its fifth year at Cumberland Lawn Tennis Club in the England capital.
Fathi led 2/1 and 7/4 but Ryder clawed his way back to force a decider, to no avail as Fathi, still just 19, took the fifth to claim his fifth PSA title, all of them coming in 2012.
Karim Ali Fathi (Egy) beat  Chris Ryder (Eng) 8/11, 11/8, 11/4, 9/11, 11/6 (90m)
Semi-finals: Karim Ali Fathi (EGY) bt Eddie Charlton (ENG) 11-3, 11-4, 11-3
 Chris Ryder (ENG) bt [Q] Nasir Iqbal (PAK) 11-4, 11-5, 8-11, 11-9
Quarter-finals: Karim Ali Fathi (EGY) bt  Jonathan Kemp (ENG) 11-9, 11-6, 11-8
Eddie Charlton (ENG) bt [Q] Joel Hinds (ENG) 11-9, 11-4, 12-10
[Q] Nasir Iqbal (PAK) bt  Robbie Temple (ENG) 11-8, 8-11, 11-9, 9-11, 11-8
 Chris Ryder (ENG) bt [Q] Greg Lobban (SCO) 11-9, 11-4, 20-18
1st qualifying round:
Nasir Iqbal (PAK) bt Harinder Pal Sandhu (IND) 11-7, 7-11, 11-9, 13-11 (62m)
Gregory Gaultier notched up the 22nd PSA World Tour squash title of his career at the inaugural Abierto Mexicano de Raquetas - but the Frenchman's 21-minute victory over world No11 Omar Mosaad in Mexico was his quickest title triumph on record, by a significant margin.
The PSA International 70 championship is the biggest Tour event ever to be held in Mexico - and was staged in spectacular style on an all-glass court sited in the Plaza de los Martires in Toluca, overlooked by the city's historic cathedral.
RESULTS: PSA International 70 Abierto Mexicano de Raquetas, Toluca, Mexico
Egypt Deny India World Cup
Under-21 Triumph In Chennai
In a dramatic clash which went the full distance, favourites Egypt eventually overcame surprise opponents India 2/1 in the final of the SDAT WSF Under-21 World Cup to deny the hosts a historic first world title in the inaugural World Squash Federation event before an ecstatic crowd at the Express Avenue Mall in Chennai.
It was a tall order for India in the opening match where team number one Ravi Dixit, ranked 183 in the world, faced Egypt's world No33 Marwan El Shorbagy, the highest-ranked man in the tournament.
But El Shorbagy, still only 18, stamped his authority to win 11-4, 11-7, 7-11, 11-7 in 58 minutes - and put Egypt into the lead.
But the match of the championship then followed - in which the star of Indian squash Dipika Pallikal, the highest-ranked woman in the event, faced Egyptian rival Nour El Sherbini.
Chennai born-and-bred Pallikal took the opening game, but to the dismay of the crowd, Sherbini won the next two to move ahead.
The Egyptian maintained her control of the match to march on to match-ball at 10-6. But Pallikal was not about to concede and, urged on by the exuberant crowd, clawed her way back into the game - saving four match-balls to draw level.
The crowd erupted - shouting and screaming more than ever before - and it as some time before the local heroine was able to resume play. Twice more Sherbini moved to within a single point of the title - and twice Pallikal fought back before finally converting her own first game ball - having saved six match-balls - to win the game 14-12.
With crowd scenes and screams rarely witnessed before at a squash event, Pallikal returned to the court inspired. After losing two points from 8-3 up, she returned the next serve into the nick, delivered a delicate back hand drop shot again into the nick before winning the third on a no let to claim a sensational 11-7, 4-11, 8-11, 14-12, 11-5 victory after 74 long minutes.
Later, the Indian champion who is now coached by Australian legend Sarah Fitz-Gerald, admitted that the match had been her toughest of all-time. "I spoke to Sarah this morning and I knew she'd be watching - and all I could think about, when I was match-ball down, was what would I tell her when we next spoke.
"She had told me to keep going until the very end - the game's not over until somebody wins - and that's where I got my strength and confidence," explained Pallikal.
"And I didn't want to lose in front of my family and friends."
With the crowd now sensing a shock victory, the semi-final hero Ramit Tandon took to the court to face Egypt's Karim Abdel Gawad in the decider.
Gawad, a 20-year-old ranked 42 in the world, took the first game after a tie-break and then moved 2/0 ahead. But spurred on by the increasingly noisy crowd, Kolkata-born Tandon - ranked almost 300 places below his opponent - battled hard and took the third game to reduce the deficit.
But as the Egyptian reclaimed the advantage in the fourth, the crowd became more muted until Gawad eventually clinched his third match-ball to win 12-10, 11-4, 6-11, 11-8 after 67 minutes to earn the title for Egypt.
"It was a quality match for both sides - but I'm happy we did it for the second time," said Egyptian coach Amir Wagih, making reference to his country's victory almost 12 months earlier in the senior World Cup in Chennai.
 EGYPT bt  INDIA 2/1 Marwan El Shorbagy bt Ravi Dixit 11-4, 11-7, 7-11, 11-7 (58m)
Nour El Sherbini lost to Dipika Pallikal 7-11, 11-4, 11-8, 12-14, 5-11 (74m)
Karim Abdel Gawad bt Ramit Tandon 12-10, 11-4, 6-11, 11-8 (67m)
 EGYPT bt  ENGLAND 2/1
 INDIA bt  FRANCE 2/1 Ravi Dixit lost to Lucas Serme 6-11, 11-8, 6-11, 7-11 (65m)
Dipika Pallikal bt Chloe Mesic 11-3, 11-4, 11-5 (26m)
Ramit Tandon bt Geoffrey Demont 11-5, 6-11, 11-2, 14-12 (57m)
5th - 8th place play-offs:
Round robin RESULTS:
 INDIA bt  AUSTRALIA 3/0 Ravi Dixit bt Jamie McErvale 11-4, 11-3, 10-12, 11-9 (58m)
Dipika Pallikal bt Sarah Cardwell 11-6, 11-4, 11-5 (42m)
Ramit Tandon bt Walter Koteka 11-1, 11-2, 11-4 (17m)
2nd qualifying rounds:
 EGYPT bt  INDIA 3/0 Marwan El Shorbagy bt Ravi Dixit 11-7, 6-11, 11-4, 12-10 (44m)
Nour El Sherbini bt Anaka Alankamony 11-6, 11-3, 11-7 (25m)
Karim Abdel Gawad bt Karan Malik 3-11, 11-9, 11-0, 11-3 (31m)
1st qualifying rounds:
 INDIA bt  GERMANY 3/0 Ramit Tandon bt Rudi Rohrmuller 11-2, 11-5, 12-10 (45m)
Dipika Pallikal bt Franziska Hennes 11-2, 11-4, 11-7 (20m)
Karan Malik bt Valentin Rapp 11-8, 11-6, 11-4 (33m)
Former World Number 10 Borja Golan beat
25th seeded Saurav Ghosal in the first round of the
$327,500 Saudi PSA World Open Squash Championship
richest ever event on the PSA World Tour at Sunset Beach
Resort in the Saudi Arabian city of Al-Khobar.
Spaniard Golan is a former world No10 making a comeback
after a long layoff following a knee injury - and had to
play at his best to overcome the new world No25 in 53
Earlier he beat another Indian Siddharth
Suchde in the qualifying round.
David & Nick Matthew Strike Gold in World Games Squash
Favourites Nick Matthew and Nicol David secured the gold medals in the
World Games Squash championships after straight games victories in the
men's and women's finals, respectively, at the Chung Cheng Martial
Arts Stadium in the Chinese Taipei city of Kaohsiung.
finals, both of which featured the events' top two seeds, brought to a
climax the Squash competition in the 2009 Kaohsiung World Games - the
eighth edition of the multi-sport event, staged under the patronage of
the International Olympic Committee (IOC), which featured over 4,000
athletes competing in more than 30 sports not currently on the
programme of the Olympic Games.
Nick Matthew (GBR) bt  James Willstrop (GBR) 11-8, 11-6, 11-5 (42m)
Fifth seed Waller, a 19-year-old left-hander from
Enfield, made his breakthrough in the quarter-finals by upsetting India's
fourth seed Harinder Pal Sandhu. Quarter-finals:
 Adrian Waller (ENG) bt  Harinder Pal Sandhu (IND) 9-11, 11-9, 11-5,
11-3 1st round:  Harinder Pal Sandhu (IND) bt
Alex Ingham (ENG) 11-5, 7-11, 14-12, 7-11, 11-9
Ritwik Bhattacharya loses in
quarters at Roma Est Open, Rome.
Defending champion Mark Krajcsak had to fight back from
two games down to beat fifth seed Ritwik Bhattacharya in
the Roma Est Open to earn his anticipated place in the
semi-finals of the $10,000 PSA World Tour squash event
in its second year at the Shopping Centre
Ghosal in qualifying finals held
at St George's LT & SC, Weybridge, England
30-year-old from Aix-en-Provence became the sole French qualifier after
compatriot Julien Balbo bowed out to India’s Saurav Ghosal.
The11-7, 11-2, 11-1 victory takes the 23-year-old from Calcutta into
the Saudi main draw for the first time.