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Post by PKBasu » Sun Dec 07, 2003 2:46 am

Tough luck for Ritwik, but good to see that he fought hard. Sourav Ghoshal, the under-19 champ, also appears to be a very good prospect. (His parents happen to live in the same building as my parents, so I'll try to get some inside info on him the next time I visit Calcuttta!).

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Post by BSharma » Sun Dec 07, 2003 6:37 pm

His (Sourav Ghoshal) parents happen to live in the same building as my parents, so I'll try to get some inside info on him the next time I visit Calcuttta! - PKBasu
An inside scoop and exclusive for the Sports India forum. :bounce:

Thanks PKB.

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Re: Chennai Open 2003

Post by kathiresan_v » Mon Dec 08, 2003 1:49 am

BSharma wrote:Ritwik turned in a superb display but went down 9-15, 9-15, 15-11, 14-15 to the top seed Mike Corren of Australia in the semifinal.
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In the final Mark Heather (Eng) won over Mike Corren (Aus) 11-15, 15-12, 15-4, 6-1 concd.

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Post by BSharma » Mon Dec 08, 2003 2:45 am

Thanks Kathir for posting the results of the final match between Mark Heather and Mike Corren. I was searching for the result but was unable to find it. The Chennai Open web site was useless.

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Post by PKBasu » Tue Dec 09, 2003 4:37 am

It was reported quite extensively in the Indian papers, including the Hindu:

http://www.hindu.com/2003/12/08/stories ... 131800.htm

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Post by kathiresan_v » Tue Dec 09, 2003 10:24 am

Indian coach Cyrus Poncha was awarded the 'Junior Coach of the Year' by ASF.

Achievements:
He retired as a player at a reasonably young age and became the youngest National Coach in Asia. Since he took over as National Coach his junior players and team have recorded incredible results.
They achieved outstanding results at last years World Junior Men’s Championships and this year’s World Junior Women’s Championships.
One of his protégé, a 17 year old made it to the finals of his 1st ever PSA tournament. And female was the 1st Winner of a British Junior Open Championships.
He has been working with players of all ages ranging from 7-19.
The results of his players and teams in international events have been absolutely REMARKABLE.


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Post by kathiresan_v » Sat Dec 13, 2003 3:43 am

The Men’s World Open Championship will take place at Lahore, Pakistan from 14 – 21 Dec ’03. The qualifying draw matches started yesterday and the lone entry from India is Riwik Bhattacharya. Perhaps, he is the only one eligible with the current world ranking of 83.

Here is the first qualifying round result for him.
Ritwik BhattaCharya (Ind) bt Shahnawaz (Pak) 15-11, 13-15, 15-13, 15-7 (56m)

However, there is another Indian name in the qualifying draw;
Raj Nanda (Aus) bt Zubiar Ali Khan (Pak) 15-13, 15-11, 15-8 (24m)

Nice to see both of them beat the Pak players :D

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Post by kathiresan_v » Sat Dec 13, 2003 4:28 am

Men’s World Open Championship:
The draw size is 64 and the direct entry closes at (??) world ranking. Can’t find out the entry close rankings. It’s a bit of surprise that Ritwik is not a direct entry

There are 8 qualifying slots and Ritwik is one among the 31 (one 1st round bye) in the qualifiers draw vying for a qualifying slot.

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Post by BSharma » Sat Dec 13, 2003 6:49 am

The full revised first round draw is:

[1] Peter Nicol (ENG) v Hisham Moh'd Ashour (EGY)
[30] Davide Bianchetti (ITA) v Gavin Jones (WAL)
[10] Gregory Gaultier (FRA) v Jonathan Kemp (ENG)
[26] Rodney Durbach (RSA) v Qualifier
[7] Karim Darwish (EGY) v Qualifier
[29] James Willstrop (ENG) v Lee Drew (ENG)
[13] Mansoor Zaman (PAK) v Lars Harms (SUI)
[21] Olli Tuominen (FIN) v Cameron White (AUS)
[3] David Palmer (AUS) v Moh'd Essam Hafiz (EGY)
[28] Moh'd Azlan Iskandar (MAS) v Glenn Keenan (AUS)
[9] Amr Shabana (EGY) v Bradley Ball (ENG)
[22] Adrian Grant (ENG) v Peter Genever (ENG)
[5] Anthony Ricketts (AUS) v Cameron Pilley (AUS)
[31] Wael El Hindi (EGY) v Alister Walker (ENG)
[15] Simon Parke (ENG) v Ben Garner (ENG)
[20] Mohammed Abbas (EGY) v Viktor Berg (CAN)
[25] Renan Lavigne (FRA) v Dan Jenson (AUS)
[16] Mark Chaloner (ENG) v Michael Corren (AUS)
[19] Nick Matthew (ENG) v Qualifier
[6] Ong Beng Hee (MAS) v Laurens Anjema (NED)
[24] Shahier Razik (CAN) v Qualifier
[12] Martin Heath (SCO) v Tommy Berden (NED)
[18] Omar Elborolossy (EGY) v Qualifier
[4] Thierry Lincou (FRA) v Shahid Zaman (PAK)
[23] Nick Taylor (ENG) v John Williams (AUS)
[14] Graham Ryding (CAN) v Qualifier
[32] Farrukh Zaman (PAK) v Borja Golan (ESP)
[8] Lee Beachill (ENG) v Qualifier
[17] Alex Gough (WAL) v Joey Barrington (ENG)
[11] Joseph Kneipp (AUS) v Liam Kenny (IRL)
[27] Stefan Casteleyn (BEL) v Qualifier
[2] John White (SCO) v Jean-Michel Arcucci (FRA)

Three seeded players withdrew yesterday - Welshman David Evans, the 2000 British Open champion, Evans' British Open final opponent Paul Price, and English veteran Del Harris, runner-up in 1995. Pakistan's world No38 Farrukh Zaman (seeded 32 now), Australia's Glenn Keenan and England's Joey Barrington replace the three players who withdrew.

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Post by BSharma » Sat Dec 13, 2003 7:23 am

Can’t find out the entry close rankings. It’s a bit of surprise that Ritwik is not a direct entry -Kathir
Alister Walker of England is the lowest ranked player (#70) to make the main draw, I believe. Raj Nanda (Australia) is ranked 82 and Ritwik is 83.

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Post by kathiresan_v » Sat Dec 13, 2003 8:01 am

ooh...thanks,

Let's hope Ritwik can make it to the main draw, if he made in I think he will be the first Indian to do so (or) anyone made it before!!!

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Post by BSharma » Sat Dec 13, 2003 9:23 pm

:D :D :D

Ritwik and Raj Nanda qualify for the Men’s World Open Championship!

Qualifying finals:
Arshad Iqbal Burki (PAK) bt Phillip Barker (ENG) 15-2, 6-15, 14-17, 15-13, 15-9
Ritwik Bhattacharya (IND) bt Khalid Atlas (PAK) 15-8, 16-17, 13-15, 15-7, 15-6
Saeed Hassan (PAK) bt Timothy Manning (AUS) 15-10, 15-12, 12-15, 15-12
Raj Nanda (AUS) bt Naveed Atlas (PAK) 15-13, 15-13, 12-15, 15-8
Safeerullah Khan (PAK) bt Majid Khan (PAK) 5-15, 16-17, 15-12, 15-9, 15-12
Peter Barker (ENG) bt Farhan Mehboob (PAK) 15-7, 15-10, 15-4
Shamsul Islam Khan (PAK) bt Dylan Bennett (NED) 15-6, 17-15, 15-8
John Rooney (IRL) bt Yasir Butt (PAK) 17-16, 15-10, 12-15, 15-10

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Post by kathiresan_v » Sun Dec 14, 2003 2:53 am

heyyyy.....good to see that :bounce:

again two Pak players are the victims :D

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Post by david » Sun Dec 14, 2003 3:07 pm

But Pak also claimed four of the eight qualifier places available

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Post by Dhruv » Sun Dec 14, 2003 3:16 pm

Yeah Pakistan is a big squash powerhouse. It's not just the Khans, they have almost a squash player factory there, similar to the Russian tennis player factory :)

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