Akanksha, Ranjit Singh, Robin
Singh, Nikita Joshi are winners in NSCI Junior Open
Squash Mumbai: 13th August 2015
Salunkhe of Goa continued her giant-killing run en route
to clinching girls’ under-19 crown in the Rs 6 lakh
prize-money All-India NSCI Junior Open Squash 2015, an
SRFI 4-Star Ranking event, and played at the NSCI’s
glass-back courts, Worli.
Akanksha, who had
knocked out top seed Vruddhi Doshi of Madhya Pradesh in
the semi-final on Wednesday, sustained her fine run of
form to quash the aspirations of second seed Aishwarya
Bhattacharya winning the final in four games.
Later in the boys’ under-19 final, unseeded Ranjit Singh
of Uttar Pradesh grabbed the top honours defeating Krish
Kapur of West Bengal in four games 13-11, 11-9, 4-11,
11-4 in little over 31 minutes.
Singh Mann, the top seed brushed aside the challenge
from Maharashtra’s joint third seed Aryaman Adik romping
to a 3-1 claim the boys’ under-17 title. Robin started
in a rousing fashion by racing to a 2-0 lead before
Aryaman won a tight third game to reduce the deficit.
But Robin once again dictated term in the fourth which
he won comfortably to complete a 11-4, 11-6, 15-17, 11-4
In the girl’s under-17 final, top-seeded
Nikita Joshi of Maharashtra outplayed Diya Joukani, who
is from New Zealand but based in Mumbai, in three
one-sided games. Nikita was on a roll from the start and
hardly put a foot wrong as she committed only 2 errors
as she waltzed to a fluent 11-3, 11-3, 11-0 triumph.
Top seeds Navmi Sharma and Veer Chotrani, both from
Maharashtra bagged the girls’ and boys’ under-15 titles
respectively. Navmi had things very much her own way as
she tamed joint third seed Jannia Singh of Chandigarh by
3-0 verdict (11-5, 11-4, 11-7), while Veer overcame
state mate and second seed Rahul Baitha in four games
winning at 11-8, 11-9, 13-15, 11-9. In the girls’
under-13 final, second seed Ananya Dabke of Maharashtra
prevailed over Delhi’s top seed Megha Bhatia in four
closely fought games at 13-11, 8-11, 11-9, 11-6. The
boys’ title was won by Maharashtra’s top seed Neel Joshi
who staved off the challenge from Tamil Nadu’s joint
third seed Kanhav Nanavati to clinch a 11-6, 11-5, 9-11,
Jaiveer Singh Dhillon of Delhi
lifted the boys’ under-11 title defeating Vivaan Shah of
Mahrashtra 11-6, 11-5, 6-11, 8-11, 11-6, while top seed
Yuvna Gupta of Maharashtra comfortably got past second
seed Pooja Arthi R. of Tamil Nadu 11-9, 12-10, 12-10.
Akanksha was presented with the winners’ trophy and
the cash prize of RS 30,000, while Aishwarya received
the runner-up trophy and a cheque of Rs 16,500.
Ranjit for his efforts pocketed the winners’ cheque of
Rs 60,000 and the champions trophy while Krish
Robin will return home to Delhi richer by Rs 40,000 the
winner’s purse, while Aryaman cashed the runners-up
prize of RS 22,000. Nikita received a cash award of Rs
30,000 and Diya got Rs 16,500.
India No.3 Ravi Dixit and Deepak
Mishra endured a stiff challenge from top seed Saurav
Ghosal and fifth seed Madhav Dhingra to snatch a
nail-biting 8-15, 15-9, 15-10 win in the doubles contest
of the third edition of NSCI Squash Open Championship.
The battle that lasted almost an hour saw Dixit and
Mishra toil away from a 0-1 deficit to bag the crown as
the crowd was enthralled.
In the singles,
seasoned champions Saurav Ghosal and Joshna Chinappa won
the men's and women's singles respectively after
chalking up comfortable victories. Chinappa had an easy
outing against fourth seed Urshavi Joshi and won 11-3,
12-10, 11-9. Fourth seed Nikita Joshi carved out a
10-12, 11-6, 7-11, 11-8, 11-1 victory in 65 minutes to
bag third place.
In the men's title clash, Ghosal
lived up to his billing and posted a 11-4, 11-5, 11-3
win over Dixit to take home the winner's purse of
MEN'S OPEN : Saurav Ghoshal bt Ravi Dixit 11-4, 11-5, 11-3. WOMEN'S : Joshana Chinappa bt Urwashi
Joshi 11-3, 12-10, 11-9. DOUBLES OPEN :Ravi
Dixit / Deepak Mishra bt Saurav Ghosal / Madhav Dhingra
8-15, 15-9, 15-10; MEN'S O-35 :
Rishad Pandole bt Adrian Esra 11-6, 9-11, 11-5, 11-8. MEN'S O-45 : Darius
Surti bt Deepak Moolani 11-8, 11-7, 11-9 MENS O-50 :
Deepak Moolani bt Riaz Mohmd 3-0 All Semifinals :
Ravi Dixit bt Gaurav Nandrajog 11-9, 5-11, 11-7, 11-2
Saurav Ghosal bt Deepak Mishra 11-2, 11-7, 11-6