New Delhi: Mumbai`s Sandeep Jangra and
Jaipur`s Surbhi Misra clinched the men`s and women`s titles
respectively in the Commonwealth Invitational Squash Test
event at the Siri Fort Sports Complex here on Wednesday.
Jangra earned a hard-fought 6-11, 12-10, 10-12, 11-9, 11-7
win over compatriot and higher ranked Harinder Pal Sandhu
in the 40-minute final match, while Surbhi showed urgency in
going for the finish from short rallies to thrash Harshit Kaur
Jawanda 11-2, 11-5, 11-4.
Sandeep launched a foray of aggressive rallies against
his more fancied opponent after being one game down. The
strategy paid dividends as Sandeep clawed his way back into
the match to level the match 1-1.
After winning the second game, Sandeep failed to wrap up
the third despite leading mid-way mainly due to unforced
Down 1-2, Sandeep then shed his nervousness and came up
with superb returns from his flowing forehands to clinch the
fourth and fifth game and the match in the process.
Surbhi, on the other hand, had a field day against
Jawanda in the women`s final, making her opponent run all
around the court.
Surbhi, world number 83, kept up the pressure on Jawanda
from the very beginning before humbling the latter in just 16
In the semifinals, Sandeep had defeated his brother Vikas
11-7, 7-11, 11-6, 11-4, while Surbhi got the better of Vishrutyi
Sahni 11-2, 11-5, 11-4.