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By MICHAEL CATLING – Squash Mad Reporter

WORLD number 15 Saurav Ghosal and Indian number two Joshna Chinappa retained their respective titles at the 38th edition of the Bombay Gymkhana-HSBC Maharashtra State Open Senior Squash Championship, with resounding victories in Mumbai.

Ghosal, who made history by becoming the first Indian to reach the quarter-finals of the World Championships last month, outclassed world number 80 and second seed Harinder Pal Sandhu to win 11-4 11-6 11-5.

“I played clinically and Harry must be pretty disappointed that he made quite a few errors. But it was tough for both of us at the end of a tiring season,” said the 27-year-old from Kolkata.

In the women’s section, world number 26 Chinappa thrashed Aishwarya Bhattacharya 11-1 11-1 11-3 in just 20 minutes.

Bhattacharya upset second-seed and 2012 runner-up Urwashi Joshia in the semi-finals, but she was no match for the 11-time Indian Nationals champion who won her second trophy in her homeland this year.

The 27-year-old and Ghosal will return to action at the Tournament of Champions next month, with world number ones Ramy Ashour and Nicol David both set to feature.

Men’s Final Result:

Saurav Ghosal 3-0 Harinder pal Singh Sandhu 11-4 11-6 11-5 (40m)

Women’s Final Result:

Joshna Chinappa 3-0 Aishwarya Bhattacharya 11-1, 11-1, 11-3 (20m)

Men’s Semi-Final Results:

Saurav Ghosal 3-1 Aditya Jagtap 11-5, 11-6, 11-13, 11-4
Harinderpal Singh Sandhu 3-0 Ravi Dixit 11-6, 12-10, 13-11

Women’s Semi-Final Results:

Aishwarya Bhattacharya 3-1 Urvashi Joshi 11-9, 8-11, 11-9, 11-9
Joshna Chinappa 3-0 Nikita Joshi 11-9, 11-5, 11-6.

Picture by Steve Cubbins (SquashSite)

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