World No.18 Saurav Ghosal entertained the spectators with a few trick shots as he beat Gaurav Nandrajog 11-7, 11-3, 11-7 in the men’s final of the 18t{+h}DDA Open squash tournament at the Siri Fort Indoor Stadium here on Saturday.

The home crowd was backing Nandrajog who had beaten Ghosal a few times in the junior days, but the tiring rallies at the start of the match, when both the players did not win two points in a row till 5-5, took the sting out of the Delhi lad’s game.

Ghosal was a class act, as he teased Nandrajog a few times with delectable strokes that caught him stranded on court.

“Gaurav played pretty well. I played ok, and was not that sharp,” said Ghosal, quite polite to his opponent, whom he felt would be a much better if he played the professional circuit.

“It is important to entertain the crowd,” remarked Ghosal, who finished the match with a left-hand drive. He recalled that he had played the tournament many years ago, perhaps as a 13-year-old, and did not remember winning it.

Ghosal, who will return to his training base in England before proceeding to North America for his next PSA event starting by the end of the month, pocketed Rs. 1,25,000.

Nandrajog, who had missed six years on the circuit owing to an injury, had the game but was not that match-sharp to stretch a player of the calibre of Ghosal, for long. Yet, he won the hearts of the home crowd with his brave fight, and collected Rs. 60,000 for the effort.

Sachika triumphs

In the women’s final, Sachika Ingale, a first year student of Venkateshwara College in the Capital, was too smart in beating Enora Villard, in straight games, though the French opponent played increasingly better as the match progressed.

Coached by her father Vijay Ingale, Sachika said that the title, which fetched her Rs. 50,000 prize, would inspire her to train better, though shifting home to Greater Noida was not helping her game.

Having finished runner-up the year before last, Sachika was pleased to clinch the title, albeit in a small field.

The runner-up, who led the only time in the match at 5-4 in the third game, was presented Rs. 25,000.

Abhimanyu Saha won the under-19 boys title that carried Rs. 35,000 in prize, while Parthiban Ayy won the professional title meant for coaches and collected Rs. 30,000.

The results (finals): Men: Saurav Ghosal bt Gaurav Nandrajog 11-7, 11-3, 11-7. Women: Sachika Ingale bt Enora Villard (Fra) 11-6, 11-7, 11-8.

Boys: Under-19: Abhimanyu Saha bt Abhishek Aggarwal 11-7, 12-10, 11-2. Under-17: Sandeep Ramachandran bt Aishwary Singh 8-11, 11-8, 11-6, 11-9. Under-15: Ranjit Singh bt Vikas Mehra 7-11, 12-10, 11-2, 11-4. Under-13: Utkarsh Baheti bt Saksham Choudhary 11-7, 12-10, 7-11, 11-8. Under-11: Dhruv Vazirani bt Mahanshu Gupta 11-3, 11-9, 11-7.

Girls: Under-17: Tanvi Khanna bt Pankhuri Malhotra 11-4, 9-11, 11-9, 11-9. Under-15: Ashita Pranaya Bhengra bt Sanika Choudhary 11-0, 11-2, 11-6. Under-13: Aakansha Rao bt Abhilasha Bhasin 11-9, 11-8, 11-6. Under-11: Megha Bhatia bt Janiya Singh 11-7, 11-4, 11-7.

Men’s over-45: Deepak Moolani bt Swagat Bam 11-13, 11-7, 11-5, 11-7. Men’s over-35: Anil Bhagat bt Dhiraj Singh 7-11, 11-7, 11-1, 5-11, 11-9. Professionals: Parthiban Ayy bt Dilip Tripathi 10-12, 9-11, 11-8, 11-4, 11-8.

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