Seeded Sinha reaches quarters of squash championship

Mumbai: Seeded Maharashtra player Abhihav Sinha reached the men`s open quarter-finals of the 38th Bombay Gymkhana Maharashtra State Open Senior Squash Championship here on Wednesday after scoring back to back straight-game wins in the previous two rounds.

Sinha, seeded 5/8, got the better of state rival Sumeet Yadav in round three and then got past Abhishek Agarwal, also from the host state, with a hard-fought 11-9 11-8 11-9 scoreline to enter the last eight stage.

Young Shanay Sanghavi, from hosts Bombay Gymkhana, went down fighting in the second round against professional Ganesh Kadam. He lost 9-11 9-11 11-9 10-12.

Shah siblings Abhimanyu and Chaitanya, also of Bombay Gymkhana, scored impressive wins to make the pre-quarters.

While Abhimanyu had an easy outing, Chaitanya rallied after losing a tight opening set to prevail over Harshvardhan Wadhwa of suburban Otters Club 9-11 11-3 11-3 11-7.

Jindal Academy players Shashi Pandey, Laxman Joshi and Aishwarya Singh also sailed into the pre-quarter-finals.

Vijay Jangra of Mayo College, Ajmer, Manish Chavan, Baban More, Sachin Jadhav and Sanjay Pawar were the significant winners who entered the Professionals` quarter- finals.

West Bengal`s Sourav Ghosal, India`s highest world ranked (15) player, is the no. 1 seed in the tournament who is drawn to meet second seed Harinder Pal Sandhu (world no. 80) of Tamil Nadu in the final.

Maharashtra`s Aditya Jagtap and Tamil Nadu`s Ravi Dixit are seeded 3/4 in the open event.

In the women`s competition former India no. 1 Joshna Chinappa (world no. 26) of Tamil Nadu is the no. 1 seed followed by Urwashi Joshi of Maharashtra.

Results: Men`s open (3rnd round): Abhinav Sinha bt Sumeet Yadav 11-5 11-3 11-2; Abhimanyu Shah bt Aditya Maheshwari 11-5 11-7 11-3; Shashi Pandey bt Aditya Nahata 11-4 11-5 11-8; Chaitanya Shah bt Harshvardhan Wadhwa 9-11 11-3 11-3 11-7; Laxman Joshi bt Karan Mirchandani 13-11 11-8 5-11 11-6; Riyan Bhatia bt Urmil Sodha 11-5 13-11 11-3; Devchand Rai bt Varun Kumar 11-4 1-11 11-1 11-6; Aishwarya Singh bt Arpit Rao 11-1 11-4 11-3; Abhishek Agarwal bt Pramod Kumar 11-3 11-6 11-5.