Guatam Das reports
Highest world ranked Indian star Dipika Pallikal clinched her maiden national title when she dropped a game before winning against Tamil Nadu’s Anaka Alankamony 11-7, 8-11, 11-4, 11-7, while Defending men’s champion Saurav Ghosal came from behind to beat HarinderPal Sandhu 8-11, 11-6, 11-3, 11-1 in the finals of the National Squash Championship here today.
In the women’s final, Anaka gave good account of her game against a highly seeded world star but Dipika made short work in clinching the title.. Anaka tried her best keep Dipika in check but the latter always wriggled out of the rival clutches to come up with some delectable shots for points. In earlier years, Dipika’s try at the title were ended by Joshna Chinappa, who could not compete in this nationals due to injury problems
The men’s final seem to be heading for a tight finish as both Saurav and Harinder were going neck to neck and it looked as though Harinder was not going to give away easily. Harinder clinched the first game withhis strategy to stay at back court and keeping the pace at high levels and then get his shots to success. However, Saurav, who has bundle of experience having been in the circuit for longer time meant business and kept Harinder at bay in the next three games.
Saurav’s tactic of keeping the ball away from his opponent worked wonders. Though Harinder, at times, tried to make good to deny Saurav the ground to play his shots from back court, the latter refused to give in and merely kept the volleys long and then went for his shots to upset Harinder.
Later, M.Vijayakuar I.A.S, Member Secretary, Sports Development Corporation of Tamil Nadu and Srivastan Subramaniam , Secretary General SRFI gave away the prizes to the winners.
Tournament Page with full results: www.squashsite.co.uk/2009/indiannationals20111.htm