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Reda Beats Bhattacharya For Chennai Title

Chennai Open 2007 - Circuit 2
13-18 August
Round One
15 Aug
16 Aug
17 Aug
18 Aug
[1] Ritwik Bhattacharya (Ind)
11-6, 11-4, 11-8 (28m)
Gaurav Nandrajog (Ind)
Ritwik Bhattacharya
11-7, 7-11, 11-10 (2-0) (41m)
Sayed Mahmoud Ali
Ritwik Bhattacharya
11-10 (2-0), 4-2 ret.
Omar Tarek Mahm Aly
Ritwik Bhattacharya

2-11, 11-6,
11-5, 7-11, 11-6 (56m)

Mohd Ali Anwar Reda
[7] Parth Sharma (Ind)
11-3, 11-8, 3-11, 9-11, 11-7 (40m)
[Q] Sayed Mahmoud Ali (Egy)
[3] Dick Lau (Hkg)
11-6, 11-8, 11-6 (32m)
Karim AGA Samy (Mas)
Dick Lau
9-11, 11-8, 11-8, 11-4 (41m)
Omar Tarek Mahm Aly

[8] Jonas Laursen (Den)
11-4, 11-9, 11-7 (20m)
Omar Tarek Mahm Aly (Egy)
[Q] Hitham Ashoush (Egy)
11-3, 8-11, 11-4, 5-11, 11-2 (43m)
[5] Naresh Kumar (Ind)
Naresh Kumar
11-10 (2-0), 10-11 (15-17), 7-11, 11-6, 11-1 (79m)
Harinderpal Sandhu 16.15
Harinderpal Sandhu
11-9, 11-4, 11-7 (41m)
Mohd Ali Anwar Reda
Siddarth Suchde (Ind)
11-2, 11-4, 7-11, 3-11, 11-9 (51m)
[4] Harinderpal Sandhu (Ind)
[Q] Akshay Deepak (Ind)
11-5, 11-4, 11-3 (12m)
[6] Parthiban Ayappan (Ind)
Parthiban Ayappan
11-6, 11-5, 11-5 (28m)
Mohd Ali Anwar Reda
[Q] Andrew Wagih (Egy)
-6, 11-5, 11-10 (3-1) (30m)
[2] Mohd Ali Anwar Reda (Egy)


Finals, 14-Aug:
Akshay Deepak (Ind) bt Ali Miski (Leb) 11/5, 11/9, 7/11, 11/5 (24m)
Andrew Wagih Shoukry (Egy) bt Max Lee (Hkg) 11/8, 11/4, 11/3 (18m)
Mohd. Sayed Mahmoud Aly (Egy) bt Ahmed Khalil (Egy) 11/8, 11/8, 11/8 (29m)
Hitham Ashoush (Egy) bt Cheng Yao Huang (Tpe) 11/9, 11/7, 2/11, 8/11, 11/8 (41m)

First Round, 13-Aug:
Max Lee (Hkg) bt Paramit Singh (Ind) 11/6, 11/7, 11/2 (18m)
Andrew Wagih (Egy) bt Ravi Dixit (Ind) 11/6, 11/5, 11/9 (22m)
Akshay Deepak (Ind) bt Masoud Gharehzyaldini (Iri) 9/11, 11/7, 12/10 (28m)
Ali Miski (Leb) bt Ramit Tandon (Ind) 11/8, 8/11, 12/10, 11/9 (34m)
Sayed Mahmoud Aly (Egy) bt Shakti Singh (Ind) 11/1, 11/8, 11/7
Ahmed Khalil (Egy) bt B Balamurugan (Ind) 11/7, 11/7, 11/5 (24m)
Hitham Ashoush (Egy) bt Hariom Tripathi (Ind) 11/1, 11/7, 11/6 (12m)
Cheng Yao Huang (Tpe) bt Karan Malik (Ind) 11/3, 11/2, 12/10 (19m)


Reda Beats Bhattacharya For Chennai Title


Egypt's second seed Mohd Ali Anwar Reda beat India's top seed Ritwik Bhattacharya in an absorbing five-game final of the 5th ICL Chennai Open - Circuit 2 to win the PSA Tour event at the ICL Squash Academy in the Indian city of Chennai in almost an hour.

The match started at an aggressive phase with 27-year-old Bhattacharya, from New Delhi, controlling the ‘T’. Pinning his Egyptian opponent to the back with his aggressive drives and forcing him to play several loose shots to the front, Bhattacharya used his drops and delayed drives to collect numerous points. It was almost a walk in the park for the Indian favourite in the first game.

The second game started rather differently with 18-year-old Reda slowing down the game with beautiful lobs and maintaining his straight and cross court drives for which he is now renowned. Bhattacharya appeared overconfident and, in the process, lost focus and made several unforced errors. It was the same story in the third game as the Cairo teenager moved 2/1 ahead.

However, Ritwik came back in the fourth once again with aggressive shots and waited for the opening in the front which he put away brilliantly. The decider looked even for a while, but as the match wore on, so Ritwik tired - and the Indian started making unforced errors off Reda’s beautifully struck straight and cross court shots.

An excited Reda gave an ear-piercing yell as he clinched the final point - and the title - by a 2-11, 11-6, 11-5, 7-11, 11-6 scoreline after 56 minutes. The triumph marked the fifth PSA Tour title of the teenager's career - but his fourth this year!

"Bhattacharya, who is coming back from a long lay-off due following knee surgery, gave a good account of himself," commented Major S. Maniam, Consultant Coach to the Squash Rackets Federation of India


Ritwik & Reda Reach Chennai Final

Top seeds Ritwik Bhattacharya and Mohd Ali Anwar Reda claimed their anticipated places in the final of the 5th ICL Chennai Open - Circuit 2 after contrasting victories in the semi-finals of the PSA Tour event at the ICL Squash Academy in the Indian city of Chennai.

There was little to differentiate between the two players in the first semi-final as Reda, the No2 seed from Egypt, and local hero Harinder Pal Sandhu probed each others defences in the first game. 'Harry', the 18-year-old fourth seed from Chennai, had shown all week his ability to put balls away.

However, at nine-all, an unforced error by the Indian and a brilliant finish in the rally thereafter sealed the game for the much relieved Reda.

The 18-year-old from Cairo maintained his supremacy in the next two games, ultimately winning 11-9, 11-4, 11-7 in 41 minutes to reach the seventh PSA Tour final of his career - and his sixth of the year!

The second semi-final was also an Indian/Egyptian clash, between Ritwik Bhattacharya, the 27-year-old favourite from New Delhi, and Omar Tarek Mahm Aly, an unseeded 18-year-old from Alexandria.

Local squash enthusiasts had enjoyed Reda's repertoire of shots: His delays, deception and ability to put the ball away from the most difficult of positions had endeared him to the fans. Bhattacharya, however, remained unperturbed by the Egyptian's brilliant skills - and kept his basic game tight, choosing his shots aptly to win the first game after a tie-break.

But, with the score standing 4-2 in the second game, Reda conceded the match - citing an ankle injury. "Apparently Tarek had been carrying this injury well before the tournament started and it got worse with every match he played," said tournament organiser Cyrus Poncha.

The brief outcome takes Bhattacharya into the eighth PSA Tour final of his career - but his first of the year.


Sandhu Survives Marathon Quarter In Chennai

In a dramatic match featuring one of the longest tie-break games on record, fourth seed Harinder Pal Sandhu fought back from 2/1 down to beat Indian compatriot Naresh Kumar in the quarter-finals of the 5th ICL Chennai Open - Circuit 2 to claim his anticipated place in the semi-finals of this PSA Tour event at the ICL Squash Academy in the Indian city of Chennai.

After winning the first game in a tie-breaker, the 18-year-old from Chennai saw the second end the same way. But this time, the 40-minute game saw both players fighting for every inch of the court - with both evenly serving for the game before Kumar eventually prevailed 27-25!

The 19-year-old fifth seed from Delhi also took the third, but Sandhu reclaimed the initiative and - after 79 minutes - clinched the match 11-10 (2-0), 10-11 (15-17), 7-11, 11-6, 11-1.

Omar Tarek Mahm Aly showed his repertoire of short kills en-route to upsetting Hong Kong's No3 seed Dick Lau 9-11, 11-8, 11-8, 11-4. The unseeded Egyptian will now face India's top seed Ritwik Bhattacharya, who survived two tie-break games to beat Egyptian qualifier Mohd Sayed Mahmoud Aly 11-10 (2-0), 11-7, 7-11, 11-10 (2-0).


Egyptians Lead Upsets In Chennai

Teenagers Mohd Sayed Mahmoud Aly and Omar Tarek Mahm Aly boosted Egyptian interest in the quarter-finals of the 5th ICL Chennai Open - Circuit 2 after causing notable upsets in the first round of the PSA Tour event at the ICL Squash Academy in the Indian city of Chennai.

Mohd Sayed Mahmoud Aly became the only qualifier to make the last eight when he beat India's No7 seed Parth Sharma 11-3, 11-8, 3-11, 9-11, 11-7 in 40 minutes. The 17-year-old from Cairo now faces Ritwik Bhattacharya after the top seed from India, playing his first match in a few months, convincingly defeated compatriot Gaurav Nandrajog 11-6, 11-4, 11-8.

Unseeded Omar Tarek Mahm Aly, 18, from Alexandria, despatched Denmark's No8 seed Jonas Laursen 11-4, 11-9, 11-7 to set up a clash with Hong Kong's Dick Lau, the third seed who beat UK-based Egyptian Karim AGA Samy 11-6, 11-8, 11-6.

ICL Academy's Harinder Pal Sandhu avenged his defeat on Sunday at the 1st SPA Classic (a national event) when he defeated fellow countryman Siddharth Suchde in a thrilling five-game encounter. Exceptional retrieving from both players was the order of the day with fourth seed Harinder coming from 4-7 down in the fifth with three amazing forehand kills to win his first match against Siddharth 11-2, 11-4, 7-11, 3-11, 11-9 in 51 minutes.

Teenager Deepak Delivers In Chennai

Akshay Deepak, a 14-year-old trainee at the ICL Squash Academy who was playing in his first PSA Tour event, made it to the main draw of the 5th ICL Chennai Open - Circuit 2 after surviving today's (Tuesday) qualifying finals.

Deepak, playing his characteristic unorthodox shots from all around the court, foxed his opponent Ali Miski from Lebanon on many occasions. After just 24 minutes, the youngster clinched the match 11-5, 11-9, 7-11, 11-5 - and will now face Indian compatriot Parthiban Ayappan, the No6 seed, in the first round.

The remaining qualifying slots at the ICL Squash Academy were taken by Egyptians - two of whom, Andrew Wagih Shoukry and Hitham Ashoush, are also celebrating their debuts in the main draw of a PSA Tour event.