Calcutta: Saurav Ghosal and Dipika Pillikal did India proud, emerging champions in their respective age groups in the German Junior Open squash championship on Sunday. Another Indian, Joshna Chinappa emerged runner-up in the girls’ category.
According to information received here on Monday, city boy Saurav scraped past Germany’s No. 1 Patrick Gassler 3-2 (9-0, 4-9, 4-9, 10-8, 9-6) in the boys’ under-19 category final to clinch the crown at Gerlingen, Stuttgart.
Saurav, now a trainee of Chennai-based India Cements/TNSRA Squash Academy, had a stupendous run in the tournament. He created a flutter in the semi-finals, upsetting Europe No. 1 Dylan Bennet 3-1 (9-4, 3-9, 9-6, 9-7).
Pallikal earned the top honours in the under-13 girls event, winning it in straight sets. Chinappa, on the other hand, lost the final 2-3.
Bengal Veterans’ Table Tennis Association (BVTTA) has planned to embark on a coaching programme in collaboration with the state body. BVTTA officials said on Monday that the programme will concentrate on players in the districts.
Meanwhile, BVTTA won 10 medals in the veterans’ national in Chandigarh.