JSW Indian Series gets under way with strong male and female events
By SEAN REUTHE
The draw for the 2015 JSW Indian Squash Circuit NSCI Open, PSA M15 and W15 tournaments has been released with Adrian Waller due to head a highly competitive Men’s field when the tournament gets under way at the NSCI Club, Mumbai on Thursday, September 3.
The tall left-hander Waller, who is recognised as one of the fittest players on the PSA World Tour, makes his debut on the Indian Circuit and is looking to add to the four PSA World Tour titles that he has achieved thus far in his career.
Londoner Waller might need to get past Raphael Kandra if he is to take the crown, with the German named as the number two seed. Kandra is the form player heading into the event, having already won a trio of titles in 2015 and is looking to earn back-to-back titles for the third time in his career.
Seeded to meet Waller in the semi-final is Tsz Fung Yip, while on the other half of the draw Mahesh Mangaonkar, the Indian No.2 who is competing in his home-town, could spar against Kandra for a place in the showpiece finale.
World Junior Champion Habiba Mohamed headlines the Women’s event as she looks to continue her meteoric rise on the PSA World Tour but will have to be wary of other highly-regarded players such as Nicolette Fernandes and Joey Chan.
Mohamed could meet Chan at the semi-final stage if both players perform to their seeding while Fernandes has a path to the final that is fraught with danger as she could face both Nouran El Torky and Joshana Chinappa en-route.
“We are delighted to have such a strong line-up for the start of the Indian Circuit,” said Tournament Promoter Raj Arora.
“There are no easy matches for anyone in the draw and it should make for a stunning spectacle.”
2015 Men’s JSW Indian Squash Circuit NSCI Open – Main Draw
 Adrian Waller (ENG) v Peter Creed (WAL)
Joel Hinds (ENG) v  Harinder Pal Singh Sandhu (IND)
 Mohamed Reda (EGY) v [Qualifier]
[Qualifier] v  Tsz Fung Yip (HKG)
 Mahesh Mangaonkar (IND) v [WC] Kush Kumar (IND)
Tom Ford (ENG) v  Jaymie Haycocks (ENG)
 Ben Coleman (ENG) v [Qualifier]
[Qualifier] v  Raphael Kandra (GER)
2015 Women’s JSW Indian Squash Circuit NSCI Open – Women’s Draw
 Habiba Mohamed (EGY) v [Qualifier]
Sarah Cardwell (AUS) v  Laura Pomportes (FRA)
 Nadine Shahin (EGY) v [Qualifier]
[WC] Sachika Ingale (IND) v  Joey Chan (HKG)
 Joshana Chinappa (IND) v Millie Tomlinson (ENG)
[Qualifier] v  Deon Saffery (WAL)
 Nouran El Torky (EGY) v Fiona Moverley (ENG)
[Qualifier] v  Nicolette Fernandes (GUY)