Harinder bags another title

Harinder Pal Sandhu put up a spirited performance to defeat Mohd Syafiq Kamal and clinch his second PSA title in less than two weeks.

Harinder has been in great form of late and bagged his second title in just as many weeks.   -  Special Arrangement

Close on the heels of his Malaysian success, India's Harinder Pal Sandhu bagged another PSA title, his second in a little over a week's time and seventh overall, when he beat Mohd Syafiq Kamal of Malaysia 11-5, 11-7, 11-7 in the final of the Nissan Makati Open, a PSA world tour event here on Sunday.

The second-seeded Indian had moved into the final late on Saturday night after accounting for fourth seed Tang Ming Hong of Hong Kong 11-5, 11-7, 11-6 in the semi-final. A quarterfinalist in the Asian Championship held last month in Chennai, Harinder showcased his abilities in Malaysia soon after in a PSA tournament by winning his sixth career title. Interestingly his opponent today, Syafiq Kamal,was his semi-final victim then enroute to his title success.

A delighted National Coach, Cyrus Poncha said from Chennai, “It has been a fabulous one month for Indian squash on the PSA tour with Vikram Malhotra and Ramit Tandon winning an event each and Harinder now winning his second PSA title. It is is heartening to see Harinder coming back from injuries that forced him to miss much of 2016. He is a hard working trainee at the Indian Squash Academy and his emerging stature is good news with the 2018 Commonwealth and Asian Games being the next big challenges.”