Mahesh Mangaonkar enters New Zealand Classic final

It was a day to remember for India’s Mahesh Mangaonkar as he marched closer to annexing his sixth PSA title.

File picture of Mahesh Mangaonkar.   -  Vivek Bendre

It was a day to remember for India’s Mahesh Mangaonkar as he marched closer to annexing his sixth PSA title. On Saturday, he reached the final of the New Zealand International Classic, a US $10,000 PSA World Tour event at Palmerston North.

Fourth-seeded Mangaonkar, a quarterfinalist in the Welsh Open held last month, beat Malaysia’s top junior and current world junior champion Eain Yow Ng 17-11, 11-4, 11-4, 11-5 in the semifinal, said a SRFI release.

Eain had earlier accounted for the top seed Peter Creed of Wales in the quarterfinal.

Mangaonkar will take on third-seed Greg Lobban of Scotland in the final. His previous PSA tournament win came at the Sekisui Open in Switzerland last year. He beat Joe Green of England 11-5, 11-6, 11-6 in the first round before getting the better of Malaysia’s Mohd Syafiq Kamal 11-4, 9-11, 11-4, 11-4 in the quarterfinals.

With inputs from PTI

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