NEW DELHI: The third Mahindra Scorpio Times of India Sports Awards (TOISA) powered by All-Out, is India’s first and largest multi discipline people’s choice sports awards. TOISA is a platform created by the Times Group to recognise and reward Indian sporting talent and achievements on a global scale and will be held soon to honour the lion hearts who have done the country proud.
Ahead of the 2018 TOISA to be held on February 26, here’s a recap of the most successful squash players fared last year.
HARINDER PAL SANDHU
Won four successive PSA World Tour titles from May to July. In May, bagged the Malaysian Tour Leg 9 and the Nissan Makati Open in the Philippines. Beat Henry Leung of Hong Kong in the final of the Malaysian Tour Leg 9 AKA Men’s Squash Tour XI title – the sixth of his career – in Kuala Lumpur. Beat Malaysia’s Mohd Syafig Kamal to win the PSA world tour event Nissan Makati Open.
In July, he won the South Australian Open and the Victorian Open to make it four success PSA World Tour titles. Beat Australia’s Rhys Dowling 11-8, 12-10, 11-4 in the final of the South Australian Open. Beat top seed Rex Hendrick of Australia 12-14, 11-3, 11-4, 11-7 to claim the Victorian Open in Melbourne.
In April, she reached the quarter-finals of the Women’s World Squash Championship where she lost to second seed Camille Serme of France. In May, she won the Asian Championship by overcoming Dipika Pallikal Karthik13-15, 12-10, 11-13, 11-4, 1104 in 78 minutes in the final. In August, won the National Squash Championship beating Lakshya Ravendran 11-6, 8-11, 11-2, 11-4. In September, reached the final of the Hong Kong FC International having stunned top seed Annie Hu in the semi-finals.
Runner-up at the New Zealand International Classic squash tournament, losing to Scotland’s Greg Lobban 11-8, 15-13, 11-6. The 23-year-old had beaten Joe Green, Mohd Syafiq Kamal and Eain Yow Ng to reach the final. Runner-up at the North of Scotland Open, losing to fellow Indian Vikram Malhotra in a closely contested final. Reached the quarter-finals of the Squash XL Open in Auckland. Registered India’s only win of their 1-2 loss to Malaysia at the WSF World Team Men’s Championship in Marseilles, France.
Reached the semi-finals of the Montreal Open and Wimbledon Club Squash Squared Open. Won the National Squash Championship by beating Mahesh Mangoankar 11-8, 11-13, 11-9, 11-6. In August, won the National Squash Championship beating Lakshya Ravendran 11-6, 8-11, 11-2, 11-4. In September, reached the final of the Hong Kong FC International having stunned top seed Annie Hu in the semi-finals. Beat Swiss Nicolas Mueller 11-6, 11-8, 11-8 to win the $50,000 JSW-CCI International Squash Circuit, which was Ghosal’s seventh international title. Made it to the third round of the PSA World Championships, the only Indian to move past round one.
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