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Top seed Robert Downer goes down fighting

03:51 AM May 30, 2019 | Free Press Journal Correspondant

Thrilling win for Mumbai’s Abhishek

Mumbai : Mumbai’s Abhishek Pradhan, seeded in the 5-8 bracket, came up with a strong, impressive performance to register a sensationally upset win against top seen Robert Downer of England in a men’s quarter-final match of 42nd Maharashtra State Open Squash tournament, being organised by Bombay Gymkhana under aegis of SRFI and Maharashtra Squash Rackets Association. The tournament is being powered by JSW, while the associate sponsors for the event include Indospace, K Raheja Group, Shoppers Stop, Ellora Project Consultants Pvt. Ltd., Myntra, Cipla Imunno Booster and Nykaa.

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The 24-year-old Pradhan exhibited solid fighting qualities as he matched the the power play of Downer (world rank 207) and engaged the 25-year-old Englishman in long rallies in the five games affair. Pradhan, who lost to ultimate champion Sourav Ghosal in the quarter-finals of the National Championship,  showed good composure and will power to pull through and complete a deserving 11-5, 11-13, 11-1, 10-12, 11-4 victory to advance to the semi-finals.

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Meanwhile, second seed Aditya Jagtap of Maharashtra took his appointed place in the semi-finals. The 25-year-old Jagtap eased past his young Goan opponent Yash Fadte in straight games at 11-7, 11-5, 11-2.

Services seasoned player Sandeep Jangra, the joint 3-4th seed, also crashed out going down rather tamely to Maharashtra’s Abhishek Agarwal in four games. Agarwal fought back well after dropping the first game to snatch a 7-11, 11-6, 11-9, 11-8 win and advance to the last four round.

Delhi’s Gaurav Nandrajog, the joint 3-4th seed completed the semi-final line-up. Nandrajog after encounter initial resistance from Telengana’s Ashray Ohri, found his form and raced to a  12-10, 11-1, 11-6 success.

The top two seeds in the women’s competition, Sachika Ingale of Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra’s Urvashi Joshi marched into the semi-finals without too much of fuss. Top seed Ingale powered her way past Amruta Swami of Maharashtra, recording a convincing 11-0, 11-1, 11-2 win, while Joshi also had thing under control and defeated her compatriot Pranjali Sharma 11-6, 11-8, 11-4.

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