Saurav, Joshana, Parthiban,
Saurabh Nayar, Rishad, Sanjay Rajpal, Jaideep and Arun
Rabindranath are winner in Nationals
proved to be so near, yet so far for reigning champion
Harinder Pal Sandhu as he went down fighting to his
senior and far experienced Saurav Ghosal in five
thrilling games in the men’s final of the SBT-63rd
senior national squash championship.
up and again 6-2 up in the fourth game, Harinder seemed
to have got into the groove for another tilt at the
title, but the wily Ghosal is a different player under
pressure. He proved it with an outstanding fight back
and lunging ahead in the decisive final game. Ghosal
thus helped himself to his tenth national title.
The women’s final too was well contested though the
scoreline would not suggest that. Joshna Chinappa showed
experience mattered in the final analysis while dousing
the enthusiasm and challenge of national junior champion
Harshit Kaur Jawanda. This was Joshna’s 14th national
title as she is well on way to reach that magical number
of 16, which is the number of titles that Bhuveneswari
Kumari had won for a record total.
results: Men: Saurav Ghosal
(TN) bt Harinder Pal Singh Sandhu (TN) 8-11 4-11 11-6
11-7 11-6 Women: Joshana Chinappa
(TN) bt Harshit Kaur Jawanda (Del) 11-6 12-10 11-5 Professionals: Parthiban Ayyapan (TN)
bt Abhishek Agarwal (Mah) 8-11 11-4 11-7 11-4 Men Over 35: Saurabh Nayar (Chand) bt
Cyrus Poncha (TN) 11-9 11-1 11-1 Men Over 40:
Rishad Pandole (Mah) bt Vikas Nayar (Chand) 11-8 11-8
11-6 Men Over 45: Sanjay Rajpal
(Karna) bt Rohit Thawani (Mah)11-7 6-11 4-11 11-9 11-8 Men Over 50: Jaideep Grewal (Chand) bt
Sriram Rao (Mah) 11-7 11-8 11-7 Men Over 55:
Arun Rabindranath (Karna) bt Vaman Apte (mah) 9-11 11-6
9-11 11-4 11-9
From 4th to 7th September 2008, Delhi
Gymkhana, New Delhi
Dushyant Singh Jamwal
of Delhi Gymkhana won a double by winning the Over 40 & 45 categories in
the National Masters Squash Championship being played at the Delhi
Dushyant beat Sanjeev
Anand also of Delhi Gymkhana in Straight sets 9-6 9-4 9-5 in 34 minutes and
beat O’neil Pramanik of West Bengal also in 3 sets 9-1 9-1 9-0.
The only match that
went the distance was in the Over 50 category where Vijay Jaini of Delhi
beat Dr. B I Singh also of Delhi in a hard fought 4 setter in a match
lasting 43 minutes. Dr. B I Singh earlier won the over 55 category
beating Rajiv Reddy of Tamil Nadu.
title for Joshna Chinappa, Saurav Ghosal & Bala also wins
Defending champion Joshna
Chinappa defeated Dipika Pallikal 11-8, 11-7, 11-2 to win her eighth title,
in the 56th senior National squash championships at the Secunderabad Club.
In the men’s final, 3
time National winner Saurav Ghosal (Tamil Nadu) warded off a spirited
challenge from Siddarth Suchde (Maharashtra) before winning 11-13, 11-8,
11-5, 11-4. Siddharth had given tough fight in the semi-finals to no 2 seed
Ritwik ( Delhi ) who lost to him due to injury.
Siddharth gave tough
fight in the first game and he won after being 11all by 13-11, in the
second game also he was leading with 8 points before Saurav showed his real
game and made it 1-1.But in the next 2 games he seems to have lost his fire
and gave away easily to Saurav who won his 4th National title.
“I dedicate this win to
my grandparents — Dr. S.B.N. Ghosal and Dina Ghosal,” an elated Ghosal said.
The women’s event was a
one sided affair as Joshna crushed Dipika 3-0 but for the first game in
which Dipika gave tough fight to Joshna.
“It is always a great
feeling to be the National champion, though the first title when I was just
14 stands out as very special,” said Joshna.
“Every National is a
different proposition and one needs to be consistent over the years to win
these titles. I am happy that I am able to do that,” she said.
In the pro-category, the
23-year-old A. Parthiban defeated his former coach and 10-time champion B.
Balamurugan 12-10, 8-11, 11-7, 11-8
stopping Joshna Chinappa
Article in The Hindu : 22nd July 2007
— Photo: R. Ragu
QUEEN OF THE GLASS COURT: Joshna Chinappa (foreground) beat
Dipika Pallikal for her seventh National title.
Joshna Chinappa bagged her seventh title,
while Saurav Ghosal helped himself to his third, beating Siddharth Suchde
9-2, 9-3, 9-0, as the final moments of the singles events produced little
surprise but enjoyable competition in the ICL-National squash championship
held in Chennai.
At 14 years she had won her first
National title and seven years hence Joshna continues to be at the top in
the women’s section. Not since her loss to Mekhala Subedar in the 2002
final has Joshna been beaten by an Indian, a clear indication of this
Chennai player’s supremacy at the National level.
“A national title is a national
title”, that was the motivation for Joshna as she went about her task of
fashioning another triumph, a 9-2, 4-9, 9-5, 9-1 win over the yet-to-turn
16 Dipika Pallikal.
The 34-minute contest had its good
phases, particularly the down-the-line drives and the drops that both
players employed. Where Joshna had the edge was in the way she masked her
returns. Twice in the process she had Dipika, trying in vain to get to the
ball, sprawled on the wooden floor like a gymnast during a floor exercise
Barring the second game loss, at no point
did Joshna feel threatened and sure enough emerged victor in style.
In the men's event Siddharth Suchde,
after his fine exhibition in the semifinals was expected to stretch, if
not totally surprise, Saurav. The lanky player began well, matching Saurav
stroke for stroke. The forehand down-the-line and cross-court shots
checked the defending champion and prolonged the rallies.
But Saurav’s ability is not just
consistency and swift court movement but also the quick, angular returns
that he employs as a surprise weapon. The well-directed forehands to the
corner and the soft spun shots to catch the nick proved productive even as
it triggered cheers from the gathering.
If steadiness marked Suchde’s display
then variations were Saurav’s strategy. As the contest wore on, Saurav
began to find the area above the tin unfailingly for winners, while
Suchde’s slide was apparent.
Yet another moment of glory came in the
professional category where 30-year-old Bala Murugan, won his 10th
National title in a row.
Men (final): Saurav Ghosal (TN) bt
Siddharath Suchde (Mah) 9-2, 9-3, 9-0.
Third place: Gaurav Nandrajog (del) bt Harinder Pal Singh (TN) 8-10,
9-1, 9-7, 5-9, 9-4.
final: Men: Saurav Ghosal and Harinder Pal Singh (TN) bt Bala Murugan and
A. Parthiban (TN) 9-2, 4-9, 9-4, 4-9, 9-8; Semifinal:
Men: Saurav Ghosal and Harinder Pal Singh (TN) bt Niraj
Shirgaokar and Gajendra Singh (Mah) 9-7, 11-9, 9-3; Bala Murugan and A.
Parthiban (TN) bt Cyrus Poncha and Srivatsan Subramaniam (TN) 5-9, 10-11,
9-1, 9-5, 9-6.
Saurav Ghosal and Harinder Pal Singh (TN) bt Naishadh Lalwani and Rushabh
Vora (Mah) 9-3, 9-4 9-7; Bala Muruganand A. Parthiban (TN) bt Amjad Khan
and Naresh Kumar (Har) 9-6, 9-6, 9-5; Cyrus Poncha and Srivatsan
Subramaniam (TN) bt Vikas Jangra and Shakti Singh (SSCB) 9-4, 9-5, 6-9,
Joshna Chinappa and Dipika Pallikal (TN) bt Surabhi Misra (Raj) and
Shivangi Paranjpe (Mah) 11-10, 9-3, 11-10.
Joshna Chinappa and Dipika Pallikal (TN) bt Jesheila Mani and V. Anvesha
Reddy (TN) 9-4, 9-4, 9-3;
Surbhi Misra and Shivangi Paranjpe (TN) bt Shibani Philip and Sonali
Philip (TN) 9-6, 9-3, 9-5.
Joshna Chinappa and Saurav Ghosal (TN) bt V. Laxman and Harita Omprakash
(TN) 9-0, 9-5, 9-4; Gajendra Singh and Jesheila Mani (MP/TN) bt A.
Parthiban and Ritika Reddy (TN) 9-2, 9-7, 3-9, 9-7; Bala Murugan and V.
Anvesha Reddy (TN) bt Cyril Kuhn and Shibani Philip (TN) 9-5, 9-3, 2-9,
9-3; Harinder Pal Singh and Dipika Pallikal (TN) bt Sami Johnson and
Shivangi Paranjpe (TN) 9-7, 9-3, 9-5.
SQUASH CHAMPIONSHIP 2003 from
26th to 30th November 2003
The Calcutta Racket Club, Kolkata