National Squash: Ghosal wins in style; Sandhu made to sweat

Top seed Saurav Ghosal will run into Tamil Nadu’s 20-year-old Vijay Kumar in the last eight.

Nine-time champion Saurav Ghosal is looking to equal R.K.Narpat Singh’s ten titles.   -  Ritu Raj Konwar

In hot pursuit of his tenth senior national men’s singles title, top seed Saurav Ghosal routed qualifier Ranjit Singh in straight games to enter the quarter-final of the Otters Club 73rd Senior National Squash championship at the Club’s glass back courts here on Wednesday.

After declaring that the arrangements for the nationals have been pleasantly unprecedented at the renovated club in suburban Bandra, the 29-year-old nine-time champion looking to equal R.K.Narpat Singh’s ten titles played well within himself to bring an end to the hopes of the qualifier who is a younger to him by 12 years. Ghosal will run into Tamil Nadu’s 20-year-old Vijay Kumar in the last eight.

The No. 2 seed Mahesh Mangaonkar beat Abhishek Pradhan without being stretched, but Harinder Pal Singh Sandhu (Jt. No. 3 seed with Vikram Malhotra) was almost given a scare by qualifier Gaurav Nandrajog. The 27-year-old 2014 national champion, Sandhu, clinched the decider easily to enter the quarter-finals.



Results

Men’s round 2 - Saurav Ghosal bt Ranjit Singh 11-3, 11-5, 11-8; Vijay Kumar bt Veer Chotrani 11-5, 11-2, 11-7; Vikram Malhotra bt Sandeep Jangra 11-7, 11-3, 11-9; Harinder Pal Singh Sandhu bt Gaurav Nandrajog 11-3, 11-6, 8-11, 4-11, 11-1; Ravi Dixit bt Krish Kapur 12-10, 11-6, 11-8; Velavan Senthilkumar bt Aryaman Adik 11-6, 11-8, 9-11, 11-5; Mahesh Mangaonkar bt Abhishek Pradhan 11-3, 11-9, 11-5;

Men’s qualifying round 6 - Gaurav Nandrajog bt Hiteshwar Singh Riar 11-7, 11-4, 11-6; Sandeep Jangra bt Guhan Senthilkumar 9-11, 11-8, 11-8, 11-3; Aryaman Adik bt Advait Adik 11-5, 13-15, 11-7, 11-8; Krish Kapur bt Ashish Keskar 11-4, 11-4, 11-8; Veer Chotrani bt Maninder Pal Singh Sandhu 11-7, 9-11, 11-7, 11-8; Siddharth Suchde bt Robin Singh Mann 11-2, 11-6, 11-3; Abhishek Pradhan bt Adhitya Raghavan 11-4, 11-9, 12-10; Ranjit Singh bt Rishi Jalan 8-11, 11-5, 11-3, 12-14, 11-4

Womens round 2 - Joshna Chinappa bt Machuma Begam Choudhury 11-3, 11-0, 11-0; Ananya Dabke bt Sarah Vethekar 11-9, 11-2, 11-3; Jui Kalgutkar bt Manisha 11-0, 11-0, 11-0; Urwashi Joshi bt Anna Avasthi 11-5, 11-6, 11-5; Mayuri Namasivayam bt Neha Kumari 11-1, 11-1, 11-0; Aishwarya Khubchandani bt Manisha Bisht 11-5, 11-2, 11-2; Akanksha Salunkhe bt Shikha Kumari 11-0, 11-3, 11-0; Sachika Ingale bt Henna Muzafar 11-0, 11-3, 11-0; Aishwarya Bhattacharya bt Sunidhi Pandey 11-2, 11-2, 11-1; Aryaa Ogale bt K. Tamanna 11-2, 11-2, 11-1; Adya Advani bt Sweta Budhia 11-0, 11-0, 11-1; Lakshya Ragavendran bt Sunny Mehta 11-0, 11-2, 11-3; Anannya Morey bt Sushmita Panigrahi 11-7, 11-6, 11-8; Dipika Pallikal Karthik bt 11-0, 11-1, 11-0.

Womens round 1 - Machuma Begam Choudhury bt Naizul Manzoor 11-2, 11-0, 11-0; Aariya Patel bt Oma Choudhary 7-11, 11-6, 11-5, 7-11, 12-10; Anna Avasthi bt Sabreena Firdous 11-1, 11-0, 11-0; Henna Muzafar bt Uzleefa Rehman 11-1, 11-2, 11-3; K. Tamanna bt Soni Kumari 11-6, 11-1, 11-0; Sweta Budhia bt Urfia Gul 11-0, 11-0, 11-1.