Thiruvananthapuram: It proved to be so near yet so far for reigning champion Harinder Pal Sandhu as he went down fighting to his senior and far experienced Saurav Ghosal in five thrilling games in the men's final of the SBT- 63rd senior national squash championship here today.
Ghosal beat Sandhu 8-11 4-11 11-6 11-7 11-6. Two games up and again 6-2 up in the fourth game, Harinder seemed to have got into the groove for another shot at the title but the wily Ghosal is a different player under pressure. He proved it with an outstanding fight back and lunging ahead in the decisive final game. Ghosal thus helped himself to his 10th national title.
The women's final too was well contested though the scoreline didn't suggest so. Chinappa showed experience mattered in the final analysis while dousing the enthusiasm and challenge of national junior champion Harshit Kaur Jawanda 11-6 12-10 11-5.
This was Chinappa's 14th national title as she is well on way to reach that magical number of 16, which is the number of titles that Bhuveneswari Kumari had won for a record total.