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Saurav & Joshna best

Calcutta: As expected, both Saurav Ghosal and Joshna Chinappa emerged champions of the 60 th National Squash Championship that concluded on Sunday, at the Calcutta Racket Club.

Just 33 minutes were all that Ghosal took to seal the deal, whipping second seed Harinder Pal Sandhu 11-5, 11-4, 11-3 in the men’s final. While in the women’s section, Joshna won the title, packing off young Anaka Alankamony 11-7, 11-4, 11-8 in a game that lasted just 25 minutes.

Ghosal, continuing from where he had finished off in the previous matches, raced to a 7-2 lead in the opening game, as Sandhu looked clueless and could hardly put up any resistance.

There was no change in the script in the second game, with Ghosal once again having it fairly easy, forcing the opponent to wilt before his quality.

In the third, the world No. 21 seemed to turn his opponent non-existent, winning nine points on the trot to complete the formalities.

“It’s great to win my eighth title at a place where I had won my first,” Ghosal said after the final, adding: “It was a tough game, although the scoreline suggests that I had it very easy.

“Irrespective of how he has performed here today, Harinder certainly has the ability to make it big in future.”

On the other hand, Joshna had to play catch-up in the first game with Alankamony taking a 6-4 lead. However, she raised her game just when it mattered and won four straight points to eventually wrap it up 11-7.

The second game was a one-sided affair with Joshna making short work of the second seed. The third appeared to be an intriguing one, with Alankamony fighting hard to pull one game back.

But at 9-8, Joshna brought her experience into play and showed good control to pocket the match and thereby, the title.