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Squash: Ivan Yuen too good for Mahesh Mangaonkar

Toppers: Champions Ivan Yuen and Rachel Arnold pose with their rewards.

Toppers: Champions Ivan Yuen and Rachel Arnold pose with their rewards.  

Rachel Arnold bests Li Lai to emerge women’s champion

Top seed Ivan Yuen (Malaysia) beat Indian and second seed Mahesh Mangaonkar 7-11, 12-10, 11-6, 5-11, 11-8 in the final to emerge the men’s champion of the HCL-SRFI India squash tour, a PSA Challenger tour, at the Indian Squash Academy (ISA) here on Thursday.

Rachel Arnold beat fellow-Malaysian Wen Li Lai 11-1, 11-4, 6-11, 11-5 in the women’s final.

From 0-1 down, Rachel ruthlessly accumulated 11 points to close out the first game. “I just wanted to start well,” she said.

She attributed her third-game loss to losing focus.

Ivan said he had to keep playing at a quick pace. “Mahesh had had a couple of tough matches, coming into the final. So, I just had to keep it going quick. Also, he is pretty good with his backhand and forecourt play. I had to take that away from him,” he added.

Negative mindset

Talking about the defeat, Mahesh said, “It was tough. I became too negative with myself in the end. That, I think, cost me big time. Had I been a bit more positive in the end, maybe the result would've been in my favour.

“To be honest, I did not play good squash at all in this tournament. I kept adjusting to the conditions and they’re not really in your control. But I still wasn’t able to do to the best of my ability (on Thursday), the things which were in my control. Playing straight worked a lot better for me today. But I wasn’t doing it enough. I was deviating from my game plan in the end. I pushed as much as I could. I did everything I could.”

The results (finals):

Men: Ivan Yuen (Mas) bt Mahesh Mangaonkar 7-11, 12-10, 11-6, 5-11, 11-8. Women: Rachel Arnold (Mas) bt Wen Li Lai (Mas) 11-1, 11-4, 6-11, 11-5.

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