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Chennai Open 2010                         Doubles
02-11 March, Indian Squash Academy, Chennai
07-Mar, Finals:
It's a Malaysian double in Chennai

Top seed Ong Beng Hee of Malaysia dished out an impeccable error free game to clinch the Chennai Open PSA 2010 trophy when he beat second seed Jonathan Kemp of England in the Tamil Nadu Government sponsored squash championship here at the Indian Squash Academy this evening.

Ong defeated Kemp 14-12, 11-9, 11-9 in 47minutes and collected the trophy and winner’s cash prize of USD 3942.50 .

In the first game Kemp and Beng Hee were trading point for point but the Malaysian showed alacrity in mixing the pace of his shots. Kemp, who enjoys a fast paced game had difficulties in adjusting himself to the tactics of Ong.

30-year-old Ong, ranked 19 in the world, perhaps reserved his best and displayed his potential and finished the match with class.

Obviously, having played for two hours yesterday I wanted to be as positive as I could be. He is very talented, one of the most gifted, so I knew that it would be difficult.

A few decisions went my way, it was very close and maybe I was a little lucky, but I am really pleased with this win.

All credit to Beng Hee, he played really a really intelligent game. Very tight and though I was maybe a little unlucky not to have won a game which may have made a difference he played the big points better than me.

Nicol David, women's World Champion, made short work of Jenny Duncalf, the second seed from England, winning 11-6, 11-4, 11-6 in 25 minutes. Duncalf, who had beaten David in the pair's last two meetings, was unable to withstand the superior display of David.

Nicol kept her pinned to the back before playing aggressive drops to the front.

David received the WISPA Chennai Open 2010 trophy and became richer by USD 8550.

Jenny has been playing very well and I knew she would come out strong so I had to set my game up well. I was pleased to have managed it.

When I came here for the Asian Juniors squash in India was picking up, and now, nearly ten years later there is this amazing facility and some top men and women players. All credit to you all, it has been fantastic.

From the first rally when I smacked the tin, from there I was making too many errors. I don't know why, I just felt frustrated with myself for most of the match, but she played very consistently.

"We were absolutely delighted that we had the best women players that Chennai has ever seen, and some top guys too. These women stars were so supportive and easy to deal with and an inspiration to our girls.
And as a Malaysian I was so pleased to see a double by Nicol & Beng Hee, along with the media exposure for our Saurav Ghosal and the event too."

Tournament Director

Chennai Open 2010
02-07 Mar, Chennai, $53k
Round One
04 Mar
05 Mar
06 Mar
07 Mar
[1] Nicol David (Mas)
11-6, 11-9, 11-5 (30m)
[Q] Dipika Pallikal (Ind)
[1] Nicol David
11-9, 11-4, 12-10 (28m)
[8] Samantha Teran
[1] Nicol David

11-2, 11-4, 11-4 (23m)

[7] Kasey Brown

[1] Nicol David

11/6, 11/4, 11/6 (25m)

[2] Jenny Duncalf

[8] Samantha Teran (Mex)
11-3, 3-11, 11-3, 11-4 (29
[Q] Donna Urquhart (Aus)
[4] Madeline Perry (Irl)
11-8, 11-4, 11-9 (40m)
Jaclyn Hawkes (Nzl)
Jaclyn Hawkes
11-6, 8-11, 11-9, 11-4 (69m)
[7] Kasey Brown
[7] Kasey Brown (Aus)
8-11, 11-5, 11-7, 11-5 (37m)
Joshna Chinappa (Ind)
Rebecca Chiu (Hkg)
11-3, 11-8, 11-4 (20m)
[6] Camille Serme (Fra)
[6] Camille Serme
11-4, 12-10, 3- 11, 11-3 (40m)
[3] Rachael Grinham
[6] Camille Serme

11-6, 11-9, 11-8 (30m)

[2] Jenny Duncalf

[Q] Delia Arnold (Mas)
11-6, 11-6, 9-11, 11-6
[3] Rachael Grinham (Aus)
[Q] Low Wee Wern (Mas)
11-2, 8-11, 3-11, 11-5, 11-7 (51m)
[5] Laura Massaro (Eng)
[5] Laura Massaro
12-10, 11-9, 11-9 (43m)
[2] Jenny Duncalf
Annie Au (Hkg)
8-11, 11-7, 11-0, 11-2 (34m)
[2] Jenny Duncalf (Eng)
03-Mar, Qualifying Finals:

Dipika Pallikal (Ind) bt Aisling Blake (Irl)                   11-8, 11-6, 11-5 (31m)
Delia Arnold (Mas) bt Joey Chan (Hgk)                     11-7, 11-5, 11-9 (39m)
Low Wee Wern (Mas) bt Sharon Wee (Mas)               11-5, 11-4, 11-5 (25m)
Donna Urquhart (Aus) bt Anaka Alankamony (Ind)  11-3, 12-10, 12-10 (26m)

02-Mar, Qualifying Round One:

Aisling Blake (Irl) Bye
Dipika Pallikal (Ind) bt Coline Aumard(Fra)                  11-2, 11-8, 11-8 (28m)

Delia Arnold (Mas) Bye
Joey Chan (Hgk) bt Surbhi Mishra (Ind)                    13-11, 11-4, 11-5 (22m)

Low Wee Wern (Mas) bt Leoine Holt (Eng)                   11-7, 11-2, 11-9 (29m)
Sharon Wee (Mas) bt Aparajitha Balamurukan (Ind      11-4, 11-7, 11-1 (19m)

Anaka Alankamony (Ind) Anwesha Reddy (Ind)  8-11, 11-6, 11-9, 11-7 (25m)
Donna Urquhart (Aus) Bye
Chennai Open 2010
02-07 Mar, Chennai, $25k
Round One
04 Mar
05 Mar
06 Mar
07 Mar
[1] Ong Beng Hee (Mas)
11-6, 3-11, 11-8, 3-11, 11-3 (50m)
Ivan Yuen (Mas)
[1] Ong Beng Hee
11-5, 11-8, 11-8 (41m)
[7] Yann Perrin
[1] Ong Beng Hee

9-11, 11-8, 11-7, 7-11, 12-10 (116m)

[3] Ali Anwar Reda

[1] Ong Beng Hee

14-12, 11-9, 11-9 (47m)

[2] Jonathan Kemp

[7] Yann Perrin (Fra)
11-6, 6-11, 11-9, 11-6 (70m)
Muhd Asyraf Azan (Mas)
[3] Ali Anwar Reda (Egy)
11-4, 11-7, 11-4
Ramit Tandon (Ind)
[3] Ali Anwar Reda
9-11, 11-6, 11-7, 11-5 (61m)
Alan Clyne
Alan Clyne (Sco)
11-7, 11-3, 8-11, 11-9 (41m)
[Q] Ritwik Bhattacharya (Ind)
[Q] Siddarth Suchde (Ind)
14-12, 3-11, 12-10, 8-11, 11-7 (95m)
[7] Chris Simpson (Eng)
[7] Chris Simpson
11-7, 11-7, 11-13, 11-7 (64m)
[4] Saurav Ghosal
[4] Saurav Ghosal

13-15, 15-13, 11-9, 11-6 (58m)

[2] Jonathan Kemp

[Q] Harinderpal Sandhu (Ind)
11-7, 11-6, 11-7 (40m)
[4] Saurav Ghosal (Ind)
Laurence Delasaux (Eng)
11-7, 13-11, 11-6 (47m)
[5] Steve Coppinger (Rsa)
Laurence Delasaux
11-9, 11-4, 11-7 (31m)
[2] Jonathan Kemp
[Q] Kristian Olesen (Den)
11-8, 11-4, 11-4 (30m)
[2] Jonathan Kemp (Eng)
03-Mar, Qualifying Finals:

Siddharth Suchde (Ind) bt Vikas Jangra (Ind)                    11-7, 11-1, 11-5 (30m)
Ritwik Bhattacharya (Ind) bt Stuart Crawford (Sco) 11-8, 8-11, 11-2, 13-11 (35m)
Harinder Pal Sandhu (Ind) bt Elvinn Keo (Mas)                11-7, 11-6, 13-11 (38m)

Kristian Frost Olesen (Den) bt Gaurav Nandrajog (Ind) 9-11, 11-9, 11-6, 11-8 (73m)

02-Mar, Qualifying Round One:

Siddharth Suchde (Ind) bt Abhishek Pradhan (Ind)               11-4, 11-3, 11-7 (21m)
Vikas Jangra (Ind) bt Naresh Kumar (Ind)         9-11, 10-12, 11-5, 11-9, 11-6 (55m)

Ritwik Bhattacharya (Ind) bt Sandeep Jangra (Ind)                11-8,11-9, 11-3 (30m)
Stuart Crawford (Sco) bt Naveen Jangra (Ind)                     11-9, 11-4, 11-8 (34m)

Elvinn Keo (Mas) bt Parthiban Ayyappan (Ind)             11-9, 7-11, 11-6, 11-3 (35m)
Harinder Pal Sandhu (Ind) bt Ravi Dixit (Ind)             11-9, 8-11, 14-12, 11-4 (42m)

Gaurav Nandrajog (Ind) bt Kamran Khan (Mas) 11-6, 7-11, 8-11, 12-10, 11-9 (64m)
Kristian Frost Olesen (Den) bt B. Balamurugan (Ind)             11-5, 11-7, 11-7 (24m)
06-Mar, Semis:
Top seeds march into Chennai finals

A high quality match at the PSA Chennai Open semi final - World ranked 29, Saurav Ghosal, lone Indian survivor in the prestigious championship, made his exit going down fighting to Jonathan Kemp of England 15-13, 13-15, 9-11, 6-11 in 58 minutes here today at the Indian Squash Academy.

It was a rarity to watch such a worthy and enjoyable match between two technically sound players but Kemp (ranked 21) had the extra bit setting up a title clash against top seed Ong Beng Hee ( ranked 19) of Malaysia in the final tomorrow. Ong survived an almost two hour marathon against stroke maker Ali Anwar Reda of Egypt.

In a defensive oriented Men’s first semi final Ong, a physically fitter player and known for playing ‘long’ stood to his ground in returning the ball but the Egyptian had greater felicity in retrieving difficult returns to score points. Often Reda, who rose to a 6-2 lead in the first game was not slackened in his approach in the next games too.

In the heart-warming second semi-final, Kemp and Ghosal playing against each other for the first time in PSA circuit but known their prowess in terms of each other’s strength had their own share of spoils. Initially in the first game, Kemp had a sizeable lead but allowed Ghosal to level the score 10-10 and then had his way of winning the extra points to lead one-zero.

With the rivals matching each other in returning every shot in squash book the tie generated great interest to a goodly Saturday crowd.

In the second, Kemp was superior both technically and otherwise and had the knack of getting the better of the top Indian player. Ghosal was also equally responding with elegant drops and power packed straight drives and lead of 7-0. But it was short lived as Kemp tightened his grips on the game and forced the Indian to commit errors.

Thus, the 29-year-old Kemp went on to level the score 10-10 and then made his younger opponent to often run from front to back for returns and Ghosal was also tiring out.

In the next two games, Kemp was at his best and in fact led 8-0 in the fourth and then remained relaxed before winning the game and the match in 58 minutes.

David & Duncalf to meet again ...

The Women's final will be between World Number One Nicol David and Jenny Duncalf.

David will be after revenge, as it was in November last year that Duncalf ended a sequence of 14 successive David defeats over the previous seven years to beat the sport's most dominant player this millennium twice in a row – in the semi-finals of the US Open, then the Qatar Classic in Doha, both of which Duncalf went on to win.

Both players are beginning their 2010 campaigns in Chennai – and both have reached the event climax relatively untroubled. David, from Penang, was business-like in her 23-minute 11-2, 11-4, 11-4 win over seventh-seeded Australian Kasey Brown, while Duncalf wasn't unduly troublerd as she beat surprise French opponent Camille Serme 11-6, 11-9, 11-8 in 30 minutes.

David is celebrating her 57th WISPA final, while Duncalf, the world No3 from Harrogate, is marking her 13th, but looking for fourth Tour title in a row since winning the Soho Square Championship in Egypt at the beginning of November.

05-Mar, Quarters:
Ghosal still in the hunt
as Serme stuns Grinham

Former ISA trainee Saurav Ghosal lived up to the expectations of his fans in India in keeping the tricolor flag flying high by progressing to the semi final of the PSA Chennai Open 2010 at the Indian Squash Academy here this evening.

Fourth seeded Ghosal maintained his focus in a well planned manner to get past a fighting Chris Simpson of England 11-7, 11-7, 11-13, 11-7 in 64 minutes.

Ghosal was looking to achieve a straight forward 3-0 win. Excepting in the third game where Simpson managed to get in to the game right from beginning coming up with winners after rallies to match point for point, Ghosal led all through in the remaining three games.

The third game was evenly matched and the rivals were stuck at 9-9 for sometime before Ghosal broke the ice leading 10-9 and perhaps was managing to stay in the court despite pain on his back. Here, Simpson made it 11-10 with a boast from the back and then claimed the remaining two points for the game.

Beng Hee defeated Yann Perrin of France 11- 5 , 11-8, 11-8 in 41 minutes, while Reda , dropped the first game went on to win the next three to gain a 9-11, 11-6, 11-7, 11-5 win over eighth seed Alan Clyne of Scotland, and now takes on third seeded Ali Anwar Reda.

The WISPA Chennai Open 2010 semi finals will be between World Champion and top seed, Nicol David and Kasey Brown (7th-Aus) and Jenny Duncalf (2nd-Eng) versus France's Camille Serme.

While three of the four women matches went on according to predictions with higher seeded players progressing to the semi-finals, the match between Brown and direct entrant Jaclyn Hawkes (ranked 17th-Nzl) turned out to be evenly matched until in the decider the Aussie managed to improve from a 4-1 situation to win the game.

The upset came when Serme, the sixth seed, beat former world number one Rachael Grinham, seeded three, in four games for one of the best wins of her career.

As for Nicol David’s performance, she trailed 2-6 in the third game and had to exert every sinew to arrest the upper hand of Mexican Samantha Teran, who was seen returning every ball with finesse. Once, David upped herself to the challenge, the top seed had her own felicity to run up to an easy win.

"I started alright and he was slow off the block perhaps because of the long match that he played yesterday. I took advantage to win the first two games and take a 2-0 lead. In the third game, he started getting more of his shots, pushed his body hard and fought even as I didn't take my opportunities. The fourth game was a scramble and I'm happy to have won the game for a 3-1 score.

"Jon and I train together in England and have practised together quite a bit. We generally have had good games in practise and it will be a hard match tomorrow. I definitely need to play better than I did today and have to be sharper with my short game."

04-Mar, Round One:
Ghosal keeps home hopes alive

India’s top most squash player, Saurav Ghosal held hopes alive, while five others including Joshna Chinappa and Dipika Pallikal became casualty in the first round matches of the PSA and WISPA Chennai Open 2010 at the Indian Squash Academy here today.

All the Indian losers went down fighting to their respective higher ranked players. Amongst them Siddharth Suchde was prominent in his match almost through out but his rival Chris Simpson had that one extra bit variety in his game in the decider.

World Number One, Nicol David got in to her rhythm swiftly and claimed the first game at 11-6 in just six minutes against Dipika Pallikal. This was sort of assessment making of her rival and then was seen to be much relaxed. Though she took the second game yielding three more points, David was not unduly worried even when Pallikal ran up a 4-0 lead in the third game. However, David tightened up her game and won the game and the match with ease.
As for Joshna Chinappa, who went in to the lead winning the first game against Kasey Brown (7th seed) of Australia, had to remain pedestrian as the Aussie made sure with her variety of strokes to wrap up the match.

Of the 16 matches on view today, Kiwi Jaclyn Hawks scored an upset win over Ireland’s fourth seed Madeline Perry 11-8, 11-4, 11-9 in 40 minutes and in the men Laurance Delasaux of England put paid to the aspirations of fifth seeded Stephen Coppinger beating him at 11-7,13-11,11-6.

In the first match of the day, Ritwik Bhattacharya of India failed to maintain the initial promise of his play in the first game where in he lead 5-1 before being caught by his tail by 8th seeded Scot Alan Clyne.

Bhattacharya had his chances on number of occasions but failed to cash in on them and was ruing every point that he lost on his committing silly errors. The other good patch of his game today was claiming the third game and took the last two points with superb winners. However, Clyne, who is world ranked 69 compared to Bhattacharya’s 115, recovered well in time from 7-5 and 9-all to win the match.

In the other match featuring Ramit Tandon, a 17-year old school student from Kolkatta and a wild card and third seed Mohd.Ali Reda of Egypt, the latter was happy returning the Indian’s shot and in fact had a good practice session before winning at 11-4, 11-7, 11-4 in 24 minutes.

Fourth seeded Saurav Ghosal had had a good practice match sort of in his straight games win over compatriot Harinder Pal Singh Sandhu 11-7, 11-6, 11-7 in 40 minutes but Siddharth Suchde, a qualifier, was pipped in the decider by sixth seed Chris Simpson of England. The rivals were levels and in the decider fifth game, both perhaps being tired went for the winners instead of engaging in rallies and Simpson showed his experience in weaving his way to win the match. Simpson won at 14-12, 3-11, 12-10, 8-11, 11-7 (95 mins).
03-Mar, Qualifying Finals:
Dipika leads the way for Indian charge

India’s second best woman star Dipika Pallikal hogged the limelight with a clinical upset win over second seed Aisling Blake of Ireland to commence a fruitful day for both home grown men and women stars in the final qualifying matches of the PSA and WISPA Chennai Open 2010 squash champions here at the Indian Squash Academy this evening.

Having won in straight games against Blake 11-8, 11-6, 11-5 in 31 minutes, Pallikal has a tough task ahead since been drawn to meet world number one and top seed Nicol David in the main draw that starts tomorrow. Wild card Joshna Chinappa, the top Indian star is drawn to play Kasey Brown (7th seed) of Australia.

In the men’s final qualifying events this evening, Gaurav Nandrajog (ranked 174) was the lone player among four Idndians on view to bite the dust going down fighting to highly ranked Kristian Frost Oslesen of Denmark 11-9, 9-11, 6-11, 8-11 in a marathon 73 minutes .

Playing on centre court, both Ritwik Bhattacharya and Harinder Pal Singh Sandhu did not need to exert themselves too much in making the main draw, while Siddharth Suchde had an easy time against his compatriot Vikas Jangra 11-7, 11-1, 11-5 in minutes.

Bhattacharya dropped a game before quelling the challenge of Stuart Crawford of Scotland 11-8, 8-11, 11-2, 13-11 in 35 minutes, while Sandhu test his own skills of tiring the rival in his smooth 11-7, 11-6, 13-11 win over Elvinn Keo of Malaysia in 38 minutes. Tomorrow's first round main draw fight between Sandhu and fourth seeded Saurav Ghosal is expected to be a thriller.

In the other women’s final qualifying matches, top seeded Donna Urquhart of Australia showed her experience in gaining vital match points in the second and third games before downing Anaka Alankamony of India 11-3, 12-10, 12-10 in 26 minutes. The Indian lass, who scored a WISPA title on her debut in a tournament at the same courts in October last, was gritty in adjusting to the game of one of the more senior player on the circuit. Alankamony matched point for point in the second and third games but lacked the finish in the dying moments, particularly in yielding the games on extra points.


02-Mar, Qualifying Round One:
Under way in Chennai

The Chennai Open squash Championships kicked off at the Indian Squash Academy with 13 qualifying matches in the PSA & WISPA events. All results went according to seeding except Gaurav Nandrajog, world ranked 174, upstaged Malaysian Kamran Khan ranked 48 places higher.

Gaurav started the match playing basic squash keeping the ball in play. This suited Kamran and he capitalized taking a 2-1 lead. Gaurav had to dig deep and clawed his way back playing aggressive in the fourth and fifth game.

Gaurav also started to move Kamran to the front much more and this had a telling effect on Kamran as he stared making mistakes. At match point Gaurav won the point by virtue of a stroke.

In all five Indian men and two Indian women advanced into the final qualifying round. 

Among the women, Dipika Pallikal had it easy against Frenchwoman Coline Aumard, winning 11-2, 11-8, 11-8. With Aumard committing frequent unforced errors, anguished groans following each clang of ball against tin, Pallikal wasn't really pushed.  The Hindu

Day one report from The Hindu

WISPA goes Gold in Chennai

In preparation for the forthcoming Commonwealth Games in New Delhi, TNSRA with support from the Tamil Nadu Government and SDAT will be hosting a USD53,000 Women’s Professional tournament and a USD25,000 Men’s Professional tournament at the Indian Squash Academy. This will be followed by the 1st USD15,000 Chennai Open Doubles championships.

SRFI/TNSRA are indeed indebted to the Tamilnadu government and the SDAT for their financial support without which this event would not be possible. These tournaments provide an ideal platform for both our elite players as well as our young aspirants, to show case their talents. It also is an excellent preparation for the forthcoming Asian senior championships in India in may 2010.

The women’s event has attracted 12 of the top 20 players in the world including World Number One Nicol David of Malaysia, who has so far won 40 WISPA titles since turning professional in 2000. The qualification event, which will be played on the 2nd and 3rd will feature players ranked between 20 to 52. The attached list of entries will provide the details of names and their rankings in both WISPA and PSA events.
National Champion Joshna Chinappa has been given a wildcard.

As for the PSA event, Ong Beng Hee of Malaysia who is currently ranked 19 in the world has been given top billing. India’s Saurav Ghosal ranked 30 in the world has found his rightful place in the main draw whilst National junior Ramit Tandon has been given the wildcard.

Other National players, Siddharth Suchde (97), Harinder Pal (108), Ritwik Bhattacharya (116) Naresh Kumar (153) Gaurav Nandrajog (174), Ravi Dixit (206), Abhishek Pradhan (292), Sandeep Jangra (369) and Vikas Jangra will play in the qualifying event.

The Indian Squash Academy will also be celebrating its 10th year anniversary and twenty years of TNSRA during the first week of March in conjunction with playing host to these two prestigious events sponsored by the TAMIL NADU GOVERNMENT.
The events will be inaugurated on March 4, 2010 at 2000hrs at the Hotel Taj Mount Road, Chennai by the Chief Secretary to Government of Tamil Nadu Shri. . K. S. Sripathi. The Secretary Sports to Government of Tamil Nadu, Shri. D. Sarangi will release a souvenir on the 10years of the ISA.

From DNA India



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