Ghosal, Joshna emerge national squash champs

Thiruvananthapuram, (IANS) Saurav Ghosal regained the men’s title while Joshna Chinappa took the women’s crown in the 63rd Senior National Squash Championship here on Sunday.

Two games up and again 6-2 in the fourth game, defending champion Harinder Pal Singh Sandhu seemed to have got into the groove for another tilt at the title, but the wily Ghosal came up with an outstanding fight back and pushed the match into the decisive fifth which he won comfortably for his 10th national title.

The women’s final too was well contested though the score line would not suggest that. Chinappa showed experience mattered while dousing the challenge of national junior champion Harshit Kaur Jawanda in three games.

It was Chinappa’s 14th national title as she is well on way to reach that magical number of 16, which is the number of titles that Bhuveneswari Kumari had won for a record total.

Final results:
Men: Saurav Ghosal (TN) bt Harinder Pal Singh Sandhu (TN) 8-11, 4-11, 11-6, 11-7, 11-6.

Women: Joshna Chinappa (TN) bt Harshit Kaur Jawanda (Del) 11-6, 12-10, 11-5.

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