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Ritwik played a brand of mix-and-wait squash to good effectDutchman Dylan Bennett's impatience costs him dearThe winner went home with $1300, while the runner-up received $800

Chennai: It was more a romp, than a walk in the park. What was supposed to be a battle between two seeded survivors amidst the debris of fallen seeds saw Dylan Bennett promptly put in place by Ritwik Bhattacharya, who played a brand of mix-and-wait squash, to win the fourth ICL Chennai Open squash championship.

He beat Bennett 11-4, 11-2, 11-7 in the final, at the TNSRA squash academy, on Sunday.

Ritwik, who retained his title, was in no hurry to finish the points, unlike his impatient Dutch opponent, who saw a bunch of his rallies, ending in tin-music.

Using the drop-shot at the right time, he mixed it up regularly and upped the aggression level, leaving his opponent stranded. Bennett, who continued being in the sulking semifinal mode at the start of play, was unusually subdued for most part of the match.

For a majority of the time, he seemed content going through the motions, and wasn't helped by an opponent who made sure he cramped his style of play.

There were occasional flashes of backhand whipping brilliance that raised a few false hopes on the possibility of the match touching the mildest of thriller proportions, but Ritwik was far too good for the Dutchman.

Biggest win

"This is my biggest win so far (since the tournament was upgraded to a one-star event). I played a very clinical match. He is a dangerous player, and I didn't give him any room to play his shots, which was what made the difference," said Ritwik, who will next head to Egypt for training.

S. Krishnan, joint secretary, Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, gave away the prizes. The winner went home with $1300, while the runner-up received $800.

The results: 2-Ritwik Bhattacharya (Ind) beat Dylan Bennett (Ned) 11-4, 11-2, 11-7.

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