National Squash Championship: Kuruvilla sets up all-Tamil Nadu women’s final with Chinappa

Sunayna Kuruvilla staged a comeback win over Sanya Vats to cruise into the final of the 76th Senior National Squash Championship on Friday.

Sunayna Kuruvilla in action during her semifinal tie against Sanya Vats on Saturday.   -  Special Arrangement

Third seed Sunayna Kuruvilla of Tamil Nadu made a strong comeback to get past Delhi’s Sanya Vats 10-12, 5-11, 11-6, 11-7, 11-7 to set up an all-Tamil Nadu women’s final in the 76th Senior National Squash Championship here on Friday.

Vats started off on a strong note and take a 2-0 lead, but Kuruvilla returned with a bang to pocket the next three games and book a place in Sunday’s final. She will now face top seed Joshna Chinappa, who defeated Delhi’s Tanvi Khanna in straight games.

The men’s final will be an all-Maharashtra affair with top two seeds - Mahesh Mangaonkar and Abhishek Pradhan - squaring off against each other.
 

The results

Semifinals:

Women: Sunayna Kuruvilla (TN) bt Sanya Vats (Del) 10-12, 5-11, 11-6, 11-7, 11-7; Joshna Chinappa (TN) bt Tanvi Khanna (Del) 11-4, 12-10, 11-8.

Men: Mahesh Mangaonkar (Mah) bt Veer Chotrani (Mah) 11-6, 11-4, 11-2; Abhishek Pradhan (Mah) bt Abhishek Agarwal (Mah) 11-3, 11-7, 11-9.