Squash: Top seed Mahesh beats Anurag, enters round two

Anurag showed promise but failed to put up a fight against Mangaonkar who made short work of the Karnataka player by securing an 11-4, 11-3, 11-4 straight-game men’s first round victory at the Bombay Gymkhana.

Mahesh Mangaonkar plays a shot. (File Photo)   -  AP

Men’s top seed and India No. 3 Mahesh Mangaonkar of Maharashtra outplayed unseeded Anurag Iyengar to advance to round two of the 44th Maharashtra State Senior Open Squash Tournament on Friday.

Anurag showed promise but failed to put up a fight against Mangaonkar who made short work of the Karnataka player by securing an 11-4, 11-3, 11-4 straight-game men’s first round victory at the Bombay Gymkhana.

Third seed Abhishek Agarwal remained unchallenged as he breezed past an unseeded Pratinav Deb 11-3, 11-4, 11-4 in another men’s first round encounter.

In the Western Slam (Junior) boys’ U-19 clash, unseeded Neel Joshi of Maharashtra shocked 5/8 seed Avinash Yadav in three games to enter round two.

Results: Men (1st round): Mahesh Mangaonkar [1] bt Anurag Iyengar 11-4, 11-3, 11-4; Abhay Singh [3/4] bt Amay Merchant 11-7,11-3,11-5; Anuj Unadkat [9/16] bt Suhail Abbas 11-4, 11-2, 11-2; Tizil Saini bt Akash Ashok Kumar [17/32] 15 -13, 11-2, 11-1; Abhinav Sinha [5/8] bt Puneet Baldawa 11-3, 11-4, 11-1; Abhinav Thyagarajan bt Varun Johnny [17/32] 11-1, 11-0, 11-3; Naveen Jangra [9/16] bt Deep Padachh11-3, 11-2, 11-1; Aishwary Singh [9/16] bt Vikas Samota 11-2, 11-1, 11-1; Abhishek Agarwal [3/4]bt Pratinav Deb 11-3, 11-4, 11-4.

Boys’ U-19 (1st round): Vivaan Jaikishan [5/8] bt Vedant Ambani 11-13, 11-5, 11-7, 11-9; Prithvi Singh [5/8] bt Laxman Sakharam Pokale 11-2, 11-2, 11-2; Ajay Singh Bhadoria [9/16] bt Shanay Sanghavi 6-11, 11-2, 6-11, 11-1, 11-7; Araash Mehta [3/4] bt Rishabh Nigam 11-3, 11-3, 11-6; Neel Joshi bt Avinash Yadav [5/8] 12-10, 11-3, 11-8; Jaideep Singh Sethi [5/8] bt Anmol Malik 11-3, 11-6, 11-6.