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year-old Pakistani creates history
ISLAMABAD: Haider Jamal
Zafar became the youngest ever player to complete in British Junior Open
Squash Championship. Previously, the record in the U-14 event was held by
former World Champion Jahangir Khan, who played in the British Open at13
years and 7 months. Haider, who comes from Punjab town of Jhang, holds
second position in junior ranking of the province. Khan retired in 1993
and compatriot Jansher Khan 28, currently holds the world number one title
as Pakistan maintains its supremacy in the game.
The senior Asian squash
championship will be held at Kuala Lumpur from July11 to19. The
Championship is to be held at the newly constructed squash arena for the
Commonwealth Games Complex.
up 15 rungs
National Men’s champ
Arjan Singh and Women’s champions Mekhala Subedar improved their World
squash rankings this year. Mekhala, who ranked 105 last year, has moved up
15 places to 95 where women’s world champion Sarah Fitz- Gerald of
Australia heads the list. Arjan Singh has moved from 84 to 80 in the
wins collegiate title
Avish Jaiswal of
Sydeneham claimed the inter collegiate squash tournament organised by
Mumbai University. Jaiswal defeated Siddharth Thacker of Government Law
14-17, 15-0, 15-2, 15-2. In the semifinals, Jaiswal overcame Kapil
Tedarwal of H. R. Commerce in straight games to win 15-4, 15-12, 15-13.
While Siddharth got a walk over from numero uno Akhil Behl of Sydenham.
The opening game was evenly contested.
to host World open squash
This Year’s US
$175000 World Open squash will be held at the Cricket Club of India from
November 30 to December 7 1998.
Representatives of the
Professional Squash Association and the 1998 Mahindra World Open
organising committee had presented the logo design. Promotional plans and
format changes at Kuala Lumpur recently for the event to be held for the
first time in India.
The World Open includes
an expansion of the main draw from the original 32 to 64 players and the
invitation of eight exempt players into the qualifying rounds.
”We felt the time was
right to distinguish the Mahindra World Open by making it the most
difficult tournament to win and by including players who could not
normally be able to enter” said John Nimmick, executive director, PSA.
CHENNAI: Chennai, home
of many academies, may have one more, to produce talented squash players.
According to Asian Squash Rackets Federation and Tamil Nadu Squash Rackets
Association (TRASRA) President N. Ramachandran, if TNSRA’S efforts to
have their own facility is realised soon, a full time academy would also
be set up to spot talent.
Peter Nicol of
Scotland, who won last year’s Mahindra International title, is heading
the list in the men’s section. Nicol is set to have a long reign at the
top of the world squash ladder. He overtook Jansher towards the end of the
last year and then continued there in the March rankings of the PSA.
Now with Jansher
plagued with a knee problem it is unlikely that Nicol will let go of the
top spot. Nicol had a great l997 reaching semi-finals of all PSA events
and winning four titles and beating Jansher three times in a row.
Mumbai lad Vineet
Asthana beat his twin brother Vinay10- 9, 8-10, 9-1, 9-3 to win the
Men’s Under-25 event at the US Squash Championship held at Los Angeles
PSA RANK FOR MEN AS ON 1-3-98
PSA RANK FOR WOMEN'S AS ON 1-3-98
CEMENTS NATIONAL SQUASH CHAMPIONSHIP (CHENNAI)
AKHIL BEHL BEAT ARJAN
SINGH 0-9, 9-5, 9-2,
SERVICES 'A' 3-1
INDIA INTER UNIVERSITY TOURNAMENT 1-2-98