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OPEN du GARD 2014

Mahesh Marches To Nimes Success

Open du Gard 2014
Nîmes Arčnes - France
3rd to 5th Jan 2014, $5k
Round One
03 Jan
04 Jan
04 Jan
05 Jan
[1] Greg Lobban (Sco)
11/6, 13/11, 11/7 (41mn)
Adam Murrills (Eng)
Greg Lobban
 11/5, 11/4, 14/12 (29mn)
Tom De Mulder
 Greg Lobban
 11/8, 11/5, 11/7
Christophe André
Greg Lobban
9/11 11/3 11/4 11/5
Mahesh Mangaonkar
Jonathan Geekie (Sco)
 11/8, 11/6, 11/8 (30mn)
[8]Tom De Mulder (Bel)
[6] Thoboki Mohohlo (Rsa)
11/4, 11/6, 3/11, 8/11, 11/7 (80mn)
Christophe André (Fra)
Christophe André
11/4, 11/8, 8/11, 7/11, 11/2 (70mn)
Alejandro Garbi
[Q] Arthur Moineau (Fra)
11/4, 11/13, 12/10, 3/1 point then match penalty (50mn)
[4] Alejandro Garbi Caro (Esp)
[3] Mahesh Mangaonkar (Ind)
11/4 retired injured
[Q] Ollie Holland (Eng)
Mahesh Mangaonkar
11/6, 8/11, 11/4, 11/5 (54mn)
Youssef Abdalla
Mahesh Mangaonkar
11/9, 11/2, 11/0 (28mn)
Ammar Altamimi
Youssef Abdalla (Eng)
11/9, 7/11, 11/5, 11/1 (47mn)
[5] Kevin Moran (Sco)
[7] Bader Al Hussaini (Kuw)
11/8, 12/14, 18/16, 2/11, 11/5 (56mn)
[Q] Jonas Daehler (Sui)
 Bader Al Hussaini
3/11, 11/9, 12/10, 11/9 (62mn)
 Ammar Altamimi
[Q] Cedric Kuchen (Sui)
11/7, 11/8, 11/3 (24mn)
[2] Ammar Altamimi (Kuw)

RESULTS: PSA Challenger 5 Open du Gard, Nimes, France

Mahesh Marches To Nimes Success

Mahesh Mangaonkar began the New Year the way he ended 2013 - with title success on the PSA World Tour!

The Indian teenager claimed the first Tour title of the year when he despatched top-seeded Scot Greg Lobban in the final of the Open du Gard, the PSA Challenger 5 squash event marking its sixth year at Squash des Arenes in Nimes, France.

Third seed Mangaonkar made his breakthrough in the semi-finals when he crushed second-seeded Kuwaiti Ammar Altamimi in just 28 minutes,

Now in the fourth Tour final of his career, the 19-year-old from Mumbai had a point to prove when he faced Lobban, a 21-year-old from Edinburgh enjoying his eighth Tour final.

Mangaonkar's success in last month's Imet Open in Slovakia came after a five-game final victory over Lobban - the result of which is that both now players share a World No.82 ranking.

Revenge looked on the cards when Lobban (pictured above, left, with Mangaonkar) took the opening game - but Mangaonkar struck back to win the next three to claim his 9-11, 11-3, 11-4, 11-5 title triumph in 64 minutes.

The win, his third on the PSA Tour, also set up a nine-match winning streak for the Mumbai teenager - the longest of his career.

"First win of 2014 in Nimes," Mangaonkar told his Twitter followers later. "Hopefully more to come this year. Now preparing for German league in January and Finland next month."