Chennai Open 2003
04-07 Dec, Chennai, India

Sun 7th, Final:
[2] Mark Heather (Eng) bt [1] Mike Corren (Aus)
11-15, 15-12, 15-4, 6-1 rtd

Heather takes Chennai Title
England's second seed Mark Heather scored a memorable tournament victory in his first trip to India, beating top seed Mike Corren in the final after the Australian conceded when 2-1 down and trailing in the fourth.

Corren started strongly, but mid-way through the second game the match turned as Heather upped the pace to force a series of errors from Corren to level the match.

Corren complained of a stomach upset that left him feeling drained, and was also out of sorts after a conduct stroke awarded against him in the third for querying a refereeing call.

Heather took the third quickly and established a healthy lead in the fourth before Corren called it a day.

"I knew the best way to keep Mike in check was by making him twist and turn with variations in returns", Heather said. "I don't remember how many tournaments I've played,  but I know I have played several finals", he added with a smile.

Final report from the Hindu

Coverage from
Indian Squash


Chennai Open 2003, $6k
1st Round
Thu 4th
Fri 5th
Sat 6th
Sun 7th
[1] Mike Corren (AUS)
15-5, 15-7, 15-9 (28m)
[Q] Vikas Jangra (IND)
Mike Corren
15-13, 15-10, 12-15, 15-13
Khayal Muhammad
Mike Corren

15-9, 15-9, 11-15,
15-14 (64m)

 Ritwik Bhattacharya

Mike Corren

11-15, 15-12, 15-4, 6-1 rtd

Mark Heather

[5] Khayal Muhammad (PAK)
17-15, 15-8, 15-11 (57m)
Saurav Ghosal (IND)
[3] Ritwik Bhattacharya (IND)
15-7, 15-9, 17-15 (45m)
Sherif Kamel (EGY)
 Ritwik Bhattacharya
15-11, 15-11, 15-5
Stefan Leifels
[6] Stefan Leifels (GER)
15-9, 15-12, 17-15
Gaurav Nandrajog (IND) 
[7] Saeed Hassan (PAK)
15-5, 15-3, 15-4 (18m)
[Q] Sandeep Jangra (IND) 
Saeed Hassan
15-10, 15-6, 7-15, 17-16
Dylan Bennett
Saeed Hassan

15-10, 15-10, 15-9 (34m)

Mark Heather

[4] Dylan Bennett (NED)
 7-15, 15-8, 15-5, 15-7
[Q] Seif Bayoumi (EGY)  
[8] Ashley Flathers (ENG)
15-6, 15-6, 11-15, 15-6
[Q] Supreet Singh (IND)
Ashley Flathers
13-15, 15-8, 15-9, 15-11
Mark Heather
[2] Mark Heather (ENG)
15-5, 15-4, 15-13 (30m)
Simon Pickering (ENG)



Sat 6th - Semis:

Corren ends Bhattacharya hopes in Chennai

Top seed Mike Corren extinguished local interest in the Chennai Squash Open in India when he beat third seed Ritwik Bhattacharya in the semi-finals in Chennai.

Corren's 15-9 15-9 11-15 15-14 victory over the 24-year-old from New Delhi in 64 minutes takes him into his fourth PSA Tour final this year, where he will be looking for his fourth win of the year.

The Australian's opponent will be Englishman Mark Heather, the No2 seed who defeated surprise semi-finalist Saeed Hassan, the 7th seed from Pakistan, 15-10 15-10 15-9 in just 34 minutes.

Semi-final report from the Hindu

Fri 5th - Quarters:
Bhattacharya battles
on in Chennai

Third seed Ritwik Bhattacharya kept local hopes of success in the Chennai Open in India alive when he beat Germany's sixth seed Stefan Leifels 15-11 15-11 15-5 in the quarter-finals in Chennai.

The 24-year-old from New Delhi now faces Australia's Mike Corren in the semi-finals after the top seed was fully extended by fifth seed Khayal Muhammad before overcoming the Pakistani 15-13 15-10 12-15 15-12 in 82 minutes.

There will, however, be unexpected Pakistani interest in the other semi-final after Saeed Hassan upset fourth seed Dylan Bennett, the European Junior Champion from the Netherlands, 15-10 15-6 7-15 17-16.

The seventh seed will take on England's No2 seed Mark Heather, who beat compatriot Ashley Flathers 13-15 15-8 15-9 15-11.

Quarter-final report from The Hindu

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