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CCI Challenger 2013
06-11 May, Mumbai, India, $15k
11-May, Final:
Hesham takes the title in all-Egyptian final
Mahesh Mangaonkar reports

It was an astonishing performance by the young egyptian squash star Mazen Hesham  What lovely nicks, lobs, deception. This guy is just unbelievable.

All we mumbaikars wish Mazen all the very best for his coming tournaments.

10-May, Semis:
Hesham and Reda set up
all-Egyptian final in Mumbai

The winner of the inaugural CCI Challenger in Mumbai will be and Egyptian, after Mazen Hesham and Ali Anwar Reda won through to the final.

Hesham, the fourth seed, beat Scottish top seed Alan Clyne in just under an hour, while Reda, the second seed, took 95 minutes to subdue third-seeded compatriot Omar Abdel Meguid.

CCI Challenger 2013
06-11 May, Mumbai, India, $15k
Round One
08 May
09 May
10 May
11 May
[1] Alan Clyne (Sco)
9-11, 11-9, 11-6, 12-10
Ammar Altamimi (Kuw)
[1] Alan Clyne
15-13, 11-5, 11-6 45m
Greg Lobban
[1] Alan Clyne

11-9, 3-11, 11-4, 11-3 (55m)

[4] Mazen Hesham

[4] Mazen Hesham

11-6, 11-9,

[2] Ali Anwar Reda

Greg Lobban (Sco)
11-3, 11-3, 11-6
[Q] Abhimanu Shah (Ind)
Elvinn Keo (Mas)
11-5,11-13, 11-2, 8-11, 11-7
Ravi Dixit (Ind)
Elvinn Keo
11-5, 11-6, 12-10 30m
[4] Mazen Hesham
[4] Mazen Hesham (Egy)
11-4, 11-4, 13-11
[Q] Gaurav Nandrajog (Ind)
Harinder Pal Sandhu (Ind)
3-11, 11-2, 11-9, 12-10
[3] Omar Abdel Meguid (Egy)
[3] Omar Abdel Meguid
13-11 ,8-11, 11-8, 14-12 60m
Ivan Yuen
[3] Omar Abdel Meguid

8-11, 11-8, 11-9, 2-11, 11-6 (95m)

[2] Ali Anwar Reda

Ivan Yuen (Mas)
11-5, 11-4, 11-9
[Q] Adam Murrills (Eng)
Ahmad Al-Saraj (Jor)
11-3, 11-6, 11-4
Mahesh Mangaonkar (Ind)
Mahesh Mangaonkar
 14-16, 6-11, 16-14, 12-10, 11-8 115m
[2] Ali Anwar Reda
[Q] Ahmed Atef (Egy)
11-3, 13-11, 11-4
[2] Ali Anwar Reda (Egy)
07-May, Qualifying Finals:

Gaurav Nandrajog (Ind) bt Philip Bull (Eng)                            11-9, 11-5, 13-11
Abhimanu Shah (Ind) bt Jonathon Maloney (Eng)     5-11,11-3,8-11,15-13,12-10 (75m)
Ahmed Atef (Egy) bt Abhishek Pradhan (Ind)
          11-9, 1-11, 11-8, 5-11, 11-7 (60m)
Adam Murrills (Eng) bt Kush Kumar (Ind)                3/2

06-May, Qualifying Round One:

Abhimanu Shah (Ind) bt Arjun Agnihotra (Ind) 11-5, 11-8, 13-11 (30m)
Gaurav Nandrajog (Ind) bt Abhinav Sinha (Ind) 11-6, 11-8, 11-7 (35m)
Abhishek Pradhan (Ind) bt Rishad Pandole (Ind) 11-6, 11-9, 11-5 (30m)
Kush Kumar (Ind) bt Madhav Dhingra (Ind) 11-6, 12-14, 11-4, 11-9 (45m)
08-May, Round One:
Mahesh makes last eight in Mumbai

It was a busy day for Rolling Nicks Squash Academy at the CCI PSA Squash Challenger 15 as the mumbaikars witnessed some outstanding squash by these top professionals in the first round.

First on court Alan Clyne beat Ammar al Tamimi in a 70-minute intense battle, setting up an all-Scottish quarter-final with Greg Lobban.

Then the only Indian to progress on the day, Mahesh Mangaonkar beat Ahmed al Saraj 3-0. He plays second seed Ali Anwar Reda in the quarter-finals

Mahesh: "Happy to win 3-0. I was very focused today and played with the right game plan. Big for me tomorrow as I will play my first top 30 player. I'm very excited to play him in front of my home crowd. Hopefully I will play well and win."

The biggest man on the psa circuit, Omar Abdel Meguid, went on next and unlike some of the Egyptian's encounters it was not an ugly match. Good court coverage by Harinder Pal Sandhu as he had to go round and across the big Meguid. Overall it was a good show by both players. Unlucky for harry though :(

Omar: "It was a good first match me, Harry played really well in the first game and the crowd were cheering him off so that got me pumped and started playing well in the next games hopefully I'll be playing better tomorrow [against Ivan Yuen]."

Then it was Malaysia's Elvin Keo who won a tough battle against the wild card Ravi Dixit. Ravi showed a superb performance, but he could have done better as he was leading 4-1 in the 5th. Unfortunately, Ravi made many unforced errors which gave elvin a 8-7 lead and from there on Elvin managed to close it 11-8 to set up a match with another Egyptian, Mazen Hesham.

Elvin: "Well I can say it is a close match as Ravi played really well today.. He really did stretch me to my max. I'm hoping to give a good game to Mazen tomorrow. The Tournament is good and well organized."

07-May, Qualifying Finals:
Qualifying complete in Mumbai

Mahesh Mangaonkar reports

Day Two of the CCI PSA Squash Challenger 15 - qualifying finals - started off with a brutal five-setter where Ahmed Atef beat indian world juniors 2012 team member Abishek Pradhan 11-9, 1-11, 11-8, 5-11, 11-7 in 60mins.

First game very close 11-9 to the tricky egyptian. But the fast & furious abhishek made it look very easy as he won 1-11 in the 2nd. Unfortunately, the fast &furious indian made many unforced errors in the 3rd which gave the tricky egyptian a 2-1 lead in games.

Then from nowhere abhishek came up with some explicit shot making and took a good 6-3 lead and kept his shot making ability up to the mark and won the 4th game 5-11.

Games are tied 2-2 and its been almost an hour. Both players get on court with the dripping sweaty t-shirts to fight and win the match in 5. Abhishek started off well but again some more errors and abhishek lost his concentration and well created lead 5-2. Some great rallies and tough pick ups from both players but in the end the more experienced Egyptian player won 11-7 in the 5th.

Abhishek: 'it was a very close match and I didn't play that well. Should have won 3-0 as the court conditions were favoring me. Just made a lot of errors today which gave him an advantage to win the match. It was a good experience though.

Its been 3 years since india has had a psa event and I'm glad to play a psa tournament in front of my home crowd. I tried and made the most of it. Now its time for me to watch some good match in the main draw from tomorrow.

Ahmed Atef: I am very lucky that I won against abhishek. He is such a talented player. I played him for the first time today and lucky to win my match. Now I need to regroup and focus for tomorrow's match where I will compete in the main draw. So far it has been a good experience for me in mumbai. The venue is amazing and everyone here are very kind and helpful. Its very hot though. I'm still trying to acclimatize to the weather.

Another brutal qualifying final followed where the 17 year old indian junior Abhimanu Shah beat much older and stronger englishman Jonathon Maloney 5-11, 11-3, 8-11, 15-13, 12-10  in 75 minutes)

Young and upper coming squash star training under the indian legend Ritwik Bhattacharya (former world #38) at bombay gymkhana showed everyone and himself what he's made off. Initially before the start of the tournament abhimanu wasn't even in the draw until the last minute withdrawl by deepak mishra(another indian junior team member). It was a good decision taken by the tournament directors mahesh mangaonkar,abhinav sinha and kunwarpal singh(rolling nicks squash academy) to give abhimanu shah a chance to compete in a PSA challenger 15 event. Supposely the toughest event of the challenger series.

abhimanu: I knew he was struggling with the conditions and the only thing I could do is to take full advantage of the home crowd and play my best squash. The ball wasn't dying in the front or at the back as the conditions were very hot in spite of the air-condition being there. I tried to move him around as much as possible by being aggressive and holding my 't' position and volleyed everything. I knew he was feeling the heat so that gave me huge confidence and from then on I did not slow down the pace.

It was fun playing a psa tournament and making it to the main draw for the first time ever. This win has made very confident for the selection trials in chennai for world juniors in poland as my performance hasn't been that good for the past few months. Very happy to win my match today. I'd like to thank my coach ritwik bhattacharya and mentor raj arora and of course my parents for being there with me when I'm feeling low after a bad loss.

I'm hungry for more and looking forward to play in the main draw tomorrow.

Rolling Nicks squash academy: we were always sure that abhimanu is a great player whose got very good technique and strikes the ball very well for a 17 year old. We need more players like abhimanu who are hard working, dedicated and are hungry to learn and achieve more in. He has got a very bright future and we wish him good luck for the selection trials of the world juniors which is going to take place in poland in july.

Easy pizzy lemon squeezey for gaurav nandrajog.

Gaurav nandrajog, the oldest member of the qualifying finals today beat england's phillip bull in a easy 3-0 (11-9, 11-5, 13-11).

Gaurav nandrajog: happy to win 3-0 today. Haven't played a psa event for many years now and this felt like a fresh new start for me. I've been busy with coaching and promoting squash in northern india and its great to see squash explore in the western side of india.

The conditions are on my side as its home advantage and its always fun to play in front of your home crowd. I will play the 4th seeded mazen hisham  tomorrow and I'm very much looking forward to it. Its gonna be super fast with the quick egyptian who has won 3 psa titles,I will give my best and try to win.

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