Janet won the title of ISP-Sprite All India Squash
Top seed Gaurav Nandrajog of Delhi proved too strong for compatriot and
second seed Amjad Khan and the close title match never materialized, with
the former winning 11-6, 11-4, 11-5 to lift the men’s open title in the Rs
2.10 lakh prize money ISP-Sprite All India Squash Open tournament at
the Kendriya Vidyalaya Squash Courts, R K Puram, here, on Wednesday.
Nandrajog earned Rs 50,000 for his efforts at the hands of former CM of MP,
Digvijay Singh, the guest of honour and Mahendra Agarwal, Founder Director
Most of the
matches went according to ranking, though boys under-17 Pehlaj Bajwa of
Chandigarh was taken the distance by second seed Abhijit Malik before laying
his hands on the trophy after winning 4-11, 11-9, 12-10, 6-11, 11-6.
to impress was the upcoming Janet Vidhi of Delhi, who won the girls under-17
title with a four-game win over Pankhuri Malhotra. The sturdily built Janet
dropped the third game and then doggedly fought to win the closely contested
fourth to register a 11-9, 11-7, 8-11, 15-13 scoreline.
domination was broken by two players from Maharashtra, Rahil Fazelbhoy and
Yohan Pandole winning the boys under-15 and under-13 title respectively.
While Fazelbhoy beat Delhi’s Dhivj Singh 11-8, 11-5, 11-5, Pandole dropped
a game to Junaid Muzaffar before winning 11-7, 11-5, 11-6.
U-13 Yohan Pandole (MH) bt Harsh Jain (Del.) 11-2, 11-3, 11-6
Juned Muzaffar (Dhampur) bt Ramit Bhargawa (Del.) 11-8, 11-4, 11-5 Vivek Bhojwani(Del.) lost to Yash Bhargava (Del.) 8-11, 7-11, 9-11
Shashank Bhandari lost to Robin Maan (Del.) 3-11, 4-11, 6-11
Open (Round 3) Imran Khan (Dhampur) bt Harshit Jain (Del.) 11-1, 11-9, 11-3 Gaurav
Nandrajog (Del.) bt Sikandar Kamal (Del.) 11-1, 11-6, 11-0
Farman Khan (Del.) lost to Shakir Hussain (Del.) 11-2, 5-11, 11-9, 9-11,
Vaibhav Gupta (U.P) lost to Sohail Kapoor (Del.) 11-2, 11-0, 11-4
Karm Kumar (Del.) bt Dharmendra Singh (CME) 11-3, 11-1, 11-5
Cadet Ahlawat (Ser.) bt Alankrit S (Del.) 11-2, 11-8, 11-6
as on 23/8/09
Boys U-17 Sachit J. bt Kartik R 11-2, 11-6,
11-8 Abhijit Malik bt Anant Bhandari 11-5, 11-3, 11-2
Abhishek Kumar bt Amit Aimocha 11-3, 11-7, 11-3
Ranvijay bt Binoy C 11-1, 11-2, 11-3
Ankish Singh lost to Kabir Kumar 5-11, 2-11, 4-11
G. S Sidhu Bt Purusarth B. 11-4, 9-11, 11-5, 11-4
Aditya Advani bt Devrath Jalan 11-5, 11-3, 11-2
Sajid Hussain bt Abhishek Kumar 11-4, 11-9, 11-6
Priti M lost to Mahjabeen 4-11, 3-11, 7-11
Yusra lost to Harshita Kaur 2-11, 2-11, 1-11
Poonam Yadav lost to yusra 9-11,8-11,2-11
Vashvi lost to Harshad Kaur 1-11,1-11,0-11
3-Vishruti Sahni bt Mahveen S. 11-2, 11-3, 11-3
(Round 2) Yohan Pandole bt Asif Ahmed 11-5, 11-5, 11-3
Umam Karim bt Robin Maan 11-4, 11-8, 11-9
Ramit Bhargava lost to Abhishek Kumar 5-11, 5-11, 6-11
Ashraf Hussain bt Amay Sabla 11-5, 11-4, 11-4
Ranjit Singh bt Mukul Yadav 11-3, 8-11, 11-5, 11-4
Rajat Sharma lost to Hiteshwar Singh 11-6, 1-11, 11-6, 6-11, 7-11
Divij Singh bt Ashraf Hussain 11-7, 11-3, 11-9
, AMJAD IN TITLE CLASH (Article
in The Indian Express, Delhi :26/08/2009)
Top seed Gaurav Nandrajog ofDelhi booked his place in men’s finalof the 2009All
India Squash Open Squash Tournaments with an impressive 12 –10 ,11 –7
,11-1 semifinal win over Sohail Kapoor at Kendriya Vidyalaya squash courts ,
RK Puramhere on Tuesday.
the country’s former top- ranked under – 19 player , will take on state
mate and second seed Amjad Khan , who beat teenager Karm Kumar 3-11 , 11-6 ,
11-7, 11-7 .
its not play Pehlaj Bajwa from Chandigarh in the title fight in the boys
under – 19 category after serving clinicalwin over Vedant Issar 11-3 , 11-6 , 10-12 , 11-14 in the semi-finals
Bajwa though was taken the distance by Aditya Advani 12 – 10 , 4-11 , 9-11
, 11- 4 , 11- 6.
Maharashtra ‘s Rahil Fazilbhoy is in line for doubles after entering the
finals of boy’s under – 15 and under – 17 age group.
gets top billing
in The Asian Age , Delhi : 21/08/2009)
– Delhi’s Gaurav Nandrajog has been given top billing among the men
while another local Karm Kumar is the top seed in the boy’s under – 19
category at the Sprite – ISP All India Open Squash tournament starting
here from Saturday.
event will see Nandrajog face stiff competition from second seed Amjad Khan
for the top slot. Maharashtra’s Rahil Fazilbhoy and Yohan Pandole are the
number one seed in the boys under – 15 and under – 13 categories
Article in Mail Today, Delhi : 26/08/2009)
Gaurav Nandrajog of Delhi booked his place in men’s final of the Rs 2.10
lakhs prize money ISP- Sprite All India Squash Open Squash Tournament 2009with an authoritative 12 – 10 , 11-7 , 11-1 win over SohailKapoorat Kendriya
Vidyalaya Squash Courts , RK Puram on Tuesday. Nandrajog , the country’s
under – 19
player , will take on second seed Amjad Khan , also of delhi , who dropped
the first set against spirited teenager Karm Kumar before winning 3 – 11
,11-6 ,11 –7, 11 –7.
PROVES HIS METTEL WITH TITLE
in Indian Express, Delhi : 27/08/2009)
seed Gaurav Nandrajog proved a handful for Amjad Khan and the hopes of close
final shattered as Nandrajog ran pastthe
number two seed 11- 6 , 11- 4 , 11- 5 to lift the men’s open title of the
ISP Sprite All India Squash Open Tenis Tournament on Wednesday.
In the boys
under – 17 category Pehlaj Bajwa of Chandigarh faced a threat from second
seed Abhijit Malik before beating him 4-11, 11-9 , 12 – 10 ,6 – 11 ,11 – 6. Dehli’sJanet
Vidhi, who won girls under – 17 titleafter playing four games against Pankhuri Malhotra , dropped the
third game and then fought back to clinch the issue with a 11- 9 , 11-7 ,
8-11 ,15-13. scoreline.
dominationhowever, was tamed
by Rahil Fazelbhoy and Yohan Pandole , who won the boys u – 15 and u- 13
titles , respectively. Fazelbhoy beat Divji Singh 11-8 ,11-5 , 11-5 while
Pandole won 11 – 7 ,11 –
5, 11 – 6 against Junaid Muzaffar.
advances (Article in The Hindu, Delhi : 25/08/2009)
Delhi: In a thrilling contest , G.S. Sidhuedge past Razi K to reach the u-19 boys quaterfinals of the
ISP-Sprite all India squash tournament at Kendriya Vidyalaya (R.K.Puram
,Sector –8) courts here on Monday.
, Vidhi BAG SQUASH TITLES (Article in The Asian Age, Delhi
Delhi: the seed Gaurav Nandrajog of Delhi beat Amjad khan 11-6 ,11- 4 ,11- 4 ,
11 – 5 to
lift the men’s open title in the Rs 2.10 lakhAll India squash open championship here on Wednesday. Nandrajog
earned Rs 50,000 for his efforts.
Chandigarh’sPehlaj Bajwa pulled out the surprise of the day as he beat second
seed Abhijit Malik 4 -11 , 11
– 9 , 12 – 10 , 6 – 11 , 11 – 6 to clinch the boys u – 17 title.
Another player to impress was the upcoming Janet Vidhi of Delhi , who won
girls u -17 crown with a 11- 9
, 11-7 , 8 – 11 , 15 – 13 win over Pankhuri Malhotra .
domination was broken by two players from Maharashtra , Rahil Fazelbhoy and
Yohan Pandole winning the boys u –15 and u – 13 title respectively.
While Fazelbhoy beat Dhivj Singh 11 –8 , 11-5 , 11 – 5 , Pandole dropped
game to Junaid Muzaffar before winning 11-7 , 11-5 , 11-6.
TO FACE AMJAD IN FINAL (Article
in The Aisan Age, Delhi : 26/8/2009)
Delhi: Top seed Gaurav Nandrajog of Delhi entered the men’s final of
the Rs 2.10 Lakhs prize money ISP – Sprite all – India squash open with
comfortable 12-10 , 11- 7 , 11- 1 win over Sohail Kapoor at the Kendriya
Vidyalaya squash courts , R.K. Puram , here on Tuesday.
the country’s former No.1 under – 19 player will take on second seed
Amjad Khan also of Delhi , who dropped first set against spirited teenager
Karm Kumar before winning3-11
, 11 – 6 , 11 – 7 , 11 – 7 , reports our correspondent.
seed Karm Kumar kept his hope alive in the boy’s U-19 category , entering
the title round with a 11 – 3 , 11 –6, 10 – 12 ,11 –4 , win over
in The Hindu, Delhi :27/08/2009)
Delhi: Top seed Gaurav Nandrajog beat Amjad Khan to win the men’s
single title in the ISP – Sprite all – India Open squash tournament at
the Kendriya Vidyalaya (R.K. Puram) courts here on Wednesday
WINS THRILLER IN PRE-QUARTERS
in The Asian Age, Delhi : 25/08/2009)
Delhi: Delhi G.S.Sidhu beat Razi K. in a keenly – contested match in
the boy’s under – 19 pre-quarterfinal's of the Rs 2.10 lakhs All India
Squash Tournament here on Monday. sidhu won 11 – 6 , 6 – 11 , 11 – 6,
14 – 12.
remained in contention in the boy’s under – 17 category , accounting for
Purusarth B. 11-4 , 9-11 , 11 –5, 11-4. the girl’s under – 17 matches
saw third seed Vishruti Sahni advance quarterfinals.
, AMJAD IN TITLE CLASH
in Hindustan Times, Delhi : 26/08/2009)
Delhi: Top seed Nandrajog of Delhi booked his his place in men’s final
of the Rs. 2.10 lakhs prize money ISP –Sprite All India Squash Open with a
fine 12 –10 , 11-7 ,11-1
Win overSohail Kapoor here on Tuesday. Nandrajog will take on second seed
Amjad Khan of Delhi who beat Karm Kumar 3 – 11, 11 –6 , 11 –7, 11 –7
kept his hope alive in boys U- 19 category , entering the title round with a
11-3 , 11-6 ,10-12 , 11 –4 win over Vedant Issar and setting up clash with
Pehlaj Bajwa who was taken the distance by Aditya Advani before winning 12
– 10 , 4 –11 , 9 – 11, 11- 4 , 11-6 .
SQUASH PLAYERS HAVE IT EASY (Article
in New Delhi : 24.08.2009)
seeded won the first round of the Rs. 2,10,000 prize money Sprite-ISP All
India Open Squash Tournament 2009.
Fazelbhoy, the top seed in the boys U-15 from Maharashtra hardly broke a
sweet before getting the better of local qualifier Aditya K 11-1, 11-2, 11-3
in the first round of the Rs. 2,10,000 prize money Sprite-ISP All India open
SquashTournament 2009, the 93rd
tournament to be organized by the Indian Squash Professionals (ISP), at the
kendriya Vidyalaya squash courts in New Delhi.
tournament has received around 175 entries.
the boys under-13 category, top seed Yohan Pandole too had an easy outing,
defeating Vishnu V 11-2, 11-5, 11-2.
the girls U-17 matches, Amodini Gupta and Tanvi Khanna scored facile wins
over kanishka P and Malvika respectively.
THE LETHARGY (Article
of The Economic Times, New Delhi : 30.08.2009)
one is about squashing your opponents. Literally. But equally interesting is
the origin of this very simple game. In the early 19th century,
the seeds of the game were first took to smashing a ball against a wall for
amusement. Soon after, a game of rackets developed which spilled over into
Britain’s leading public school. By 1830, the first game of squash saw the
light of the day at Harrow School.
growth story of squash in India is laudable. Its journey dates several years
back when it gained significant popularly among the specific segment of the
masses. The game is now being run and managed by a number of national and
state level associations who are working collectively for the development of
Squash Rackets Federation of India (SRFI), for instance, is the national
governing body for squash in India, which was established with the sole
objective of better management and development of the game in this country.
SRFI, on its part, is proactively undertaking a lot of initiatives such as
conducting training campus, organizing tournaments at the state and national
level for the well being of the game in India.
only does it conduct the National Squash Championship, it has been given the
task of selecting the squad for the Indian team, and choosing coaches for
the national team. The SRFI is also credited for establishing the ICL-TNSRA
Squash Academy for providing training facilities to the young squash
has produced the young guns such as Saurav Ghosal, who reached an all time
high of 29 in the latest PSA world ranking. Ravi Dixit, an ICL academy
player, became the first Indian to emerge victorious in the Milo All Star
Malaysian Junior Open Boys under-19 title in Kuala Lumpur.
recently help ISP-Sprite All India Squash open Tennis Tournament in Delhi
saw top seed Gaurav Nandrajog clinch the gold medal by defeating Amjad Khan,
with the former winning 11-6, 11-4, and 11-5 to lift the men’s open title
in the Rs. 2.10 lakh prize money. Among girls, Janet Vidhi won the under-17
title with a four-game win over Pankhuri Malhotra. At present, Indian stands
handsomely at 6th position in the world.
of Delhi Squash Association VK Goel is in high spirits. He fills the
potential of squash in India in immense and growing everyday. “It is
eminently suitable for the Indian physique. Compare to tennis or badminton
is far less expensive. While it is fairly easy to learn the game, accurate
hitting and discipline are required rather then brute strength”, he said.
He further adder that barring cricket, squash is gaining popularity every
year in India however, it need more sponsorship for the popularityto grow exponentially.
that hasn’t dampened the spirits of budding players and organisers across
the country. National coach for Squash Cyrus Poncha says the game has done
well over the last few year and more so with the junior women learn securing
bronze at the world championship in 2009.
individual events, we ranked 18th in the world. But now things
have changed. In professional rankings, we have over 8 men and a handful of
girls participating in the international arena”, he said. However, squash
was not selected for the Olympics, which came as a big blow to squash
aficionados. But the government support has been forthcoming.
government supports the squash federation and given grants to organize
international coaching camps in Indian and abroad. Ministry for youth
affairs and sports has also supported us wholeheartedly”, he added. If the
current performance of young players is any indicator then squash will soon
figure among the top sports in India.
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