Gaurav, Surbhi clinch CCI-Western India titles

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Mumbai, Nov 22 (UNI) Top seeds Gaurav Nandrajog of Delhi and Surbhi Misra of Rajasthan lived up to their reputations and fashioned contrasting victories to clinch the men's and women's titles, respectively, in the 65th CCI Indiabulls Western India Open Squash Tournament at the CCI here today.

India number four Nandrajog overcame Navy's Vikas Jangra 11-4, 11-5, 11-9 in the Men's Open final to earn a winner's purse of Rs 1,10,000.

A focused and confident Nandrajog capitalised on Jangra's unforced errors in the first two games where the sailor hit the tin too often to allow the Delhi lad a good advantage.

No pushover, Jangra initiated a determined bid to comeback into the match in the crucial third game that went neck-and-neck with Jangra coming up with brilliant backhand drops to even enjoy a 9-8 lead.

But his challenge ended there as he hit the tin again in an error-prone game to allow Nandrajog a chance to take control and seal the match.

''Vikas is playing a lot better than before. But he tired and hit the tin too often. That made it easy for me,'' said a delighted Nandrajog after the match. ''I am happy with my game and will try to improve while working on my volleys and shots.'' said Jangra and adding, ''I tried to play my shots, but didn't succeed. Yes, I should have been fitter because Gaurav was faster.'' In contrast, women's number one, Surbhi Misra rallied from a 1-2 deficit to overcome second seed Mandy Kennedy of England 11-3, 5-11, 7-11, 11-4, 11-7 in an exciting championship round.

In another thrilling final, boys Under-19 third seed Karm Kumar of Delhi shocked top seed Mahesh Mangaonkar of Maharashtra 5-11, 11-9, 11-13, 11-9, 14-12 in a tight contest that went down to the wire and included the third and fifth games stretching into extra points.

But Mangaonkar made amends and avenged the defeat against Kumar as he bagged the under-17 crown as the top seed with an exciting 11-9, 8-11, 11-13, 11-3, 11-6 triumph in another encounter that stretched into the decider.

Among the girls, Saumya Karki helped herself to a double by winning the Under-19 and Under-15 titles, with wins over second seed Shria Khatri in both finals.

Matunga Gymkhana lad Aryan Parekh landed his first major crown since he started playing squash four years back, as he won the under-9 title following a 11-7, 11-7, 12-10 win over second seed Veer Chotrani.

RESULTS (Finals): Men's Open: 1-Gaurav Nandrajog (Del) bt 3/4-Vikas Jangra (Services) 11-4, 11-5, 11-9.

Women: 1-Surbhi Misra (Raj) bt 2-Mandy Kennedy (Mah) 11-3, 5-11, 7-11, 11-4, 11-7.

Boys U-19: 3/4-Karm Kumar (Del) bt 1-Mahesh D Mangaonkar (Mah) 5-11, 11-9, 11-13, 11-9, 14-12.

Boys U-17: 1-Mahesh D Mangaonkar (Mah) bt 2-Karm Kumar (Del) 11-9, 8-11, 11-13, 11-3, 11-6.

Boys U-15: 2-Deepak Mishra (Del) bt 1-Kush Kumar (Del) 11-8, 8-11, 11-4, 11-5.

Boys U-13: 1-Kush Kumar (Del) bt 2-Abhimanyu Shah (Mah) 11-9, 11-6, 8-11, 11-8.

Boys U-11: 1-Ranjeet Singh (UP) bt 2-Rajat A (Mah) 11-7, 11-7, 11-3.

Girls U-19: 1-Saumya Karki (Mah) bt 2-Shria Khatri (Mah) 13-11, 11-4, 9-11, 11-1.

Girls U-15: 1-Saumya Karki (Mah) bt 2-Shria Khatri (Mah) 11-7, 11-1, 11-7.

Under-9: 1-Aryan Parekh (Mah) bt 2-Veer Chotrani (Mah) 11-7, 11-7, 12-10.

Professionals: 3/4-Amjad Khan (Del) bt 3/4-Sanjay Pawar (Mah) 11-3, 11-6, 11-5.

Veterans: 1-Vaman Apte (Mah) bt 5/8-Gopichand Mohite (Mah) 11-7, 15-13, 11-3.

Vintage: 2-Ravi Puri (Mah) bt Mohan Nathani (Mah) 11-9, 11-5, 11-8.

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