The Telegraph
Saturday , December 22 , 2012
Since 1st March, 1999
CIMA Gallary

Saurav, Joshna in semis

- I am not really concerned about my ranking, says Ghosal
Sachika Ingale (from left), Mahesh Mangaokar and Vrishrutyi Sahni . Telegraph pictures

Calcutta: Going by Saurav Ghosal’s form, he looks to be on course for his eighth national title.

On Friday, he stormed into the last-four stage of the 60th National Squash Championships, at the Calcutta Racket Club, defeating Gaurav Nandrajog of Delhi.

Ranked 21 in the world, the top-seeded Saurav eased past Nandrajog 11-6, 11-6, 11-7 to set up a semi-final clash with Ravi Dixit of Tamil Nadu.

Saurav was pleased with his performance. “I tried quite a few experiments. I’m glad that it came off well,” Saurav said.

Saurav, who started the year ranked 25, jumped four places. Asked what will be his target in 2013, Saurav said: “I am not really concerned about ranking. The only thing that matters is my performance. If I can play well, my ranking will automatically improve.”

Saurav said he will be taking a 10-day break after the tournament.

Talking about other matches, there were no major upsets as all the top seeds qualified for the last-four stage.

In the men’s section, second seed Harinder Pal Sandhu of Tamil Nadu defeated Services’ Sandeep Jangra 12-10, 11-9, 11-13, 11-9, while Maharashtra’s Mahesh Mangaonkar beat Abhinav Sinha of Maharashtra 11-3, 11-6, 11-3.

In another match, Ravi Dixit of Tamil Nadu defeated Vikas Jangra of Services 9-11 11-6 11-2 11-7.

In the women’s section, top seed Joshna Chinappa got a walk over after Kiran Katoch of Jammu and Kashmir pulled out due to injury. Joshna will now take on Vrishrutyi Sahni of Maharashtra, who defeated Janet Vidhi of Delhi 7-11, 11-9, 5-11, 13-11.

The other semi-final will be played between second seed Tamil Nadu’s Anaka Alankamony and Delhi’s Sachika Ingale. While Sachika beat Aishwarya Bhattacharya of Maharashtra 11-4, 11-7, 11-4, Anaka thrashed Tamanna of Uttar Pradesh 11-0, 11-0, 11-2.