X-Mas was Celebrated early @ North India Inter School Open Squash Championships 2010

Juniors in the North started celebrating X-Mas this year around December 20th, 2010 as the first North India Inter School Open Squash Championship came to a close at the Genesis Global School Noida. Organised under the aegis of Uttar Pradesh Squash Rackets Association by Noida Squash the tournament in its first edition saw participation from 2o schools in North India.

The Younger Participants huddle for a Group Photo 

The Participants pose with Director Sports & Estate – Mr Gurbir Singh of Genesis Global School and Mr. Vikas Sharma Secretary DGBNSRA (Noida Squash)

Players, parents and Invitees sitting at the time of Official Opening

Mr Vikas Sharma on behalf of DGBNSRA invites Mr Gurbir Singh to Official Declare the event open

The school and the organisers went the extra mile to make the event a memorable one there was enough fun and surprise mixed mixed making the event truly a remarkable one.  With 100 entries the event saw some healthy competition with some promising youngsters making the most. Noticable among them were Arun K. Chauhan (Chandigarh), Ravish Sharma (Mayo College), Swayam Bhatia and Yash Bhargava.


  • Under 9 & 10 ( Boys & Girls)
    1. Winner         – Swayam Bhatia
    2. Runner-up – Sankalp Anand
  • Under 11 Boys
    1. Winner         – Swayam Bhatia
    2. Runner-up – Sankalp Anand
  • Under 13 Boys
    1. Yash Bhargava
    2. Divyanshu Sharma
  • Under 15 Boys
    1. Juniad
    2. Divyanshu Sharma
  • Under 17 Boys
    1. Sajid Hussain
    2. Arun K. Chauhan
  • Under 13 Girls
    1. Shreya Bhuria
    2. Yumna Urfi
  • Under 15 Girls
    1. Nandani Agarwal
    2. Pankhuri Malhotra
  • Under 17 Girls
    1. Sidra
    2. Pankhiur Malhotra

The Prize distribution was shared and DGBNSRA President – Anil Agarwal and a Senior Teacher  -Ms Shikha Banerjee from Genesis Global School jointly did the honours.

In his closing address – Mr. Anil Agarwal expressed his happiness on behalf of Noida Squash and while congratulating the players spoke of the association’s initiative of getting tournaments organised for the benefit of the local children. He was happy to see the turnout at the event and felt two – three similar events should get organised during the year ensuring local kids who train in the district get enough match practice and continually keep upgrading their game. He was thankful of Ms Banerjee of sparing herself for the function and also of Genesis Global School for coming forward and hosting an event of this nature, emphasising  this would give boost to the development of the sport not only in the school but also in the district.

Reiterating the commitment of the District Association President DGBNSRA highlighted the initiative undertaken at facilitating and conduct of good tournaments in the region.  He was positive with the commissioning of courts in Genesis other schools which have courts will also consider to take Squash as a premier sport thereby building a  base of players from NOIDA. Mr. Agarwal thanked the Secretary DGBNSRA and had a special word for Mr Vijay Rawat the Tournament Convener for this event.

Arun from Chandigarh receiving trophy from Ms Banarjee also seen in the

picture are Mr Agarwal and Vikas Sharma

Ms. Yumna Urfi receiving her prize from Mr. Anil Agarwal

Ms Banarjee handing over a Souviner to Mr Vijay Rawat

for his role as Tournament Convenor

Secretary Noida Squash – stressed on grass root development for the sport and applauded schools like Genesis Global who he felt would reach out to and give a broader base to the sport. Schools and clubs where the facility is available must take lead in putting a structured program in place so that optimum results can be obtained.

A membership announced by the District Body he said was going to structure things and help schools or similar institutions with all the technical help and if needed qualified coaches to put things into perspective.

For more photos from the tournament please click on the following link…….



England quiet literally got over Egypt @ Punj Lloyd PSA Masters 2010 W

Empty spectator galleries continue to haunt Punj Lloyd PSA Masters on what is perhaps one of the greatest initiative undertaken by Corporate India in a game outside cricket. While people can debate if the Mumbai edition was better than the one undergoing in New Delhi….one thing is for sure it really left a whole lot of Indian Squash followers out of breath with some really spectacular squash.

While most critics would write this after the show is over I do now – it continues to surprise me why we make so much effort at taking this wonderful game to the Olympics when actually we do not have too many actually viewing it when it really happens.  What one saw recently at the commonwealth games and the Punj Lloyd PSA Masters was in sharp contrast to what one would usually see in Chennai…where ISA center Court would actually be packed for not so prime a line-up. We still have to do a lot of work in our country to see the game where we all want in our hearts.

Anyway coming back to the action on center court at Srifort CWG Squash Complex the PSA Masters say England win over Egypt to get ready for an all England final showdown. Nick Mathew got the better of Amr Shabana as Shabana retired hurt after loosing the first two games. On the other side James Willstrop got the better of Hashim Ashour the older brother of Ramy Ashour in three straight games.

North India Inter School Open got underway @ Genesis Global School today

The event was officially declared open by a former Olympian and President of Net Ball Association of India Mr. Gurbir Singh who voiced his thoughts about the significance of sports in school and its resultant benefits. Applauding all participants he reassured the players with benefits they all derive from choosing a sport.

Secretary District Gautam Buddh Nagar Squash Rackets Association – Vikas Sharma invited all players once again to the Districts within a short span of two months after the successfully concluded Jaypee Lotto Italia Open that got played in October – 2010. The players assembled for group photographs with the dignitaries before the matches progressed.

The updated scores are available on the link … Day One Results

Day two schedule can be seen on the following link…..  Day Two Schedule

It is getting down to England vs Egypt @ Punj Lloyd PSA Masters

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As the final countdown begins it appears to be getting down to a fight between the conventional style of squash of the English and the unorthodox but crafty skills of the Egyptians at New Delhi. Delhi is only hoping that the Egyptians who have mesmerized one and all with their crafty skills on court are able to stop another all England Final which was witnessed not so long ago during the Commonwealth Mens Final.

17 Dec 10

Victory in today’s quarter-finals of the $192,500 Punj Lloyd PSA Masters in the Indian capital New Delhiensures that Englishman Nick Matthew will regain his world number one ranking in next month’s Professional Squash Association (PSA) list.

The 30-year-old event favourite from Sheffield needed 56 minutes to see off England team-mate Daryl Selby11-9, 11-7, 13-11 for a place in the semi-finals of the tenth and final PSA Super Series squash championship of the year at the Sirifort CWG Block.

The best year of his squash life is coming to a spectacular climax after Matthew became the first Englishman for six years to top the world rankings in June. He made up for the disappointment of slipping to second place three months later by winning two Commonwealth Games gold medals in October – on the same all-glass court in Delhi which is hosting this week’s PSA Masters.

Then, earlier this month in Saudi Arabia, Matthew romped through a star-studded World Open field to become England’s first ever world champion.

“This tournament means a lot to me, because the ranking points involved will now make it possible for me to end the year as world number one,” said the jubilant Yorkshireman to Indian media today.

“I have very fond memories of the Sirifort Complex where I won two gold medals during the Commonwealth Games. It is surreal to be back at the venue of those achievements.”

Matthew will now take on third seed Amr Shabana, the former world number one from Egypt who beat fellow countryman Mohamed El Shorbagy 11-8, 11-9, 11-9.

The other semi-final will also be an Anglo/Egyptian affair, between Englishman James Willstrop and Cairo-basedHisham Mohd Ashour. Second seed Willstrop, runner-up to Matthew in this month’s World Open final, secured his anticipated place in the last four with a 12-10, 11-1, 11-3 victory over Australia’s No10 seedCameron Pilley.

But 14th seed Ashour, the older brother of the current world number one Ramy Ashour, pulled off his second upset in a row when he beat fourth-seeded Frenchman Thierry Lincou 11-7, 6-11, 12-10, 11-5 in a dramatic 51-minute encounter.

Ashour senior’s win – his first ever over the distinguished Frenchman who was celebrating his ninth successive Super Series quarter-final appearance – takes the 28-year-old from Cairo into his first 2010 Super Series semi.

Semi-final line-up:

[2] James Willstrop (ENG) v [14] Hisham Mohd Ashour (EGY)
[1] Nick Matthew (ENG) v [3] Amr Shabana (EGY)

[2] James Willstrop (ENG) bt [10] Cameron Pilley (AUS) 12-10, 11-1, 11-3 (38m)
[14] Hisham Mohd Ashour (EGY) bt [4] Thierry Lincou (FRA) 11-7, 6-11, 12-10, 11-5 (51m)
[3] Amr Shabana (EGY) bt [8] Mohamed El Shorbagy (EGY) 11-8, 11-9, 11-9 (47m)
[1] Nick Matthew (ENG) bt [9] Daryl Selby (ENG) 11-9, 11-7, 13-11 (56m)

Pictures Emerging out of Punj Lloyd PSA & WISPA – 2010

This is how the players have played so far…….

[2] James Willstrop (ENG) v [14] Hisham Mohd Ashour (EGY)
[1] Nick Matthew (ENG) v [3] Amr Shabana (EGY)
[2] James Willstrop (ENG) bt [10] Cameron Pilley (AUS) 12-10, 11-1, 11-3 (38m)
[14] Hisham Mohd Ashour (EGY) bt [4] Thierry Lincou (FRA) 11-7, 6-11, 12-10, 11-5 (51m)
[3] Amr Shabana (EGY) bt [8] Mohamed El Shorbagy (EGY) 11-8, 11-9, 11-9 (47m)
[1] Nick Matthew (ENG) bt [9] Daryl Selby (ENG) 11-9, 11-7, 13-11 (56m)
2nd round:
[2] James Willstrop (ENG) bt [11] Omar Mosaad (EGY) 11-7, 11-6, 11-9 (50m)
[10] Cameron Pilley (AUS) bt [6] Wael El Hindi (EGY) 7-11, 11-3, 14-12 ret.
[4] Thierry Lincou (FRA) bt [13] Olli Tuominen (FIN) 14-12, 11-8, 11-2 (49m)
[14] Hisham Mohd Ashour (EGY) bt [7] Laurens Jan Anjema (NED) 6-11, 11-6, 9-11, 11-8, 11-6 (59m)
[8] Mohamed El Shorbagy (EGY) bt [12] Ong Beng Hee (MAS) 11-8, 12-10, 11-7 (39m)
[3] Amr Shabana (EGY) bt [15] Saurav Ghosal (IND) 11-5, 11-6, 6-11, 11-9 (42m)
[9] Daryl Selby (ENG) bt [5] Peter Barker (ENG) w/o
[1] Nick Matthew (ENG) bt [16] Jonathan Kemp (ENG) 11-6, 11-4, 4-11, 11-2 (29m)
1st round:
[2] James Willstrop (ENG) bt Mohd Ali Anwar Reda (EGY) 11-13, 11-5, 11-2, 11-9
[11] Omar Mosaad (EGY) bt Harinder Pal Sandhu (IND) 11-8, 12-10, 12-10
[6] Wael El Hindi (EGY) bt [Q] Siddharth Suchde (IND) 12-10, 11-5, 11-7
[10] Cameron Pilley (AUS) bt Sandeep Jangra (IND) 11-2, 11-2, 11-7
[4] Thierry Lincou (FRA) bt [Q] Joe Lee (ENG) 11-8, 11-2, 11-4
[13] Olli Tuominen (FIN) bt [Q] Campbell Grayson (NZL) 13-11, 11-6, 11-3
[7] Laurens Jan Anjema (NED) bt [Q] Kamran Khan (MAS) 11-7, 11-4, 11-5
[14] Hisham Mohd Ashour (EGY) bt [Q] Chris Simpson (ENG) 11-7, 11-6, 11-6
[12] Ong Beng Hee (MAS) bt Aaron Frankcomb (AUS) 11-8, 11-6, 11-9 (45m)
[8] Mohamed El Shorbagy (EGY) bt Mohammed Abbas (EGY) 11-9, 15-13, 3-11, 11-7 (52m)
[15] Saurav Ghosal (IND) bt [Q] Adrian Waller (ENG) 11-7, 12-10, 11-6 (40m)
[3] Amr Shabana (EGY) bt [Q] Stephen Coppinger (RSA) 11-7, 11-6, 11-4 (28m)
[9] Daryl Selby (ENG) bt Joey Barrington (ENG) 11-6, 12-10, 11-9 (48m)
[5] Peter Barker (ENG) bt Omar Abdel Aziz (EGY) 12-10, 8-11, 11-6, 11-2 (48m)
[16] Jonathan Kemp (ENG) bt Tom Richards (ENG) 11-3, 1-11, 11-3, 11-9 (37m)
[1] Nick Matthew (ENG) bt [Q] Dick Lau (HKG) 11-6, 11-4, 11-4 (26m)
Qualifying finals:
Stephen Coppinger (RSA) bye
Adrian Waller (ENG) bt Deepak Mishra (IND) 11-2, 11-8, 11-3
Dick Lau (HKG) bt Sandeep Jangra (IND) 14-12, 11-3, 9-11, 11-9
Campbell Grayson (NZL) bt Ivan Yuen (MAS) 13-11, 15-13, 8-11, 11-4
Chris Simpson (ENG) bt Gaurav Nandrajog (IND) 11-3, 11-6, 11-9
Joe Lee (ENG) bt Kush Kumar (IND) 14-12, 11-2, 11-6
Siddharth Suchde (IND) bt Ravi Dixit (IND) 11-3, 11-1, 11-4
Kamran Khan (MAS) bt Martin Knight (NZL) 12-10, 11-8, 11-6

North India Inter School Gets Underway

Amidst all the PSA action taking place @ Srifort Sports Complex in Delhi Genesis Global School and District Gautam Buddh Nagar Squash Rackets Association – Noida Squash jointly stage the first edition of North India Inter Public School Open Squash Championship – 2010.

Players from over 20 schools are participating in the said championship drawing in a fair representation and more than 100 entries for the said event. The event starts tomorrow at 9.30 am with a small innaguration ceremony to be carried out by Directors of the institutionand matches get underway immediately after that.

For the first days Schedule please click on the link…..        Schedule Day One


For Details on the draw kindly click on the following link…..   The Draws


Tournament Convener – Mr Vijay Singh

Tournament Director – Mr. Gurbir Singh (Genesis Global School)

Tournament Technical Delegate – Ms Shubhra (Goel) Agarwal


Noida Squash

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Punj Lloyd PSA Masters – 2010 (Revised Draws)

Punj Lloyd PSA Masters 1st round draw:

[2] James Willstrop (ENG) v Mohd Ali Anwar Reda (EGY)

[11] Omar Mosaad (EGY) v Harinder Pal Sandhu (IND)

[6] Wael El Hindi (EGY) v [Q] Siddharth Suchde (IND)

[10] Cameron Pilley (AUS) v Sandeep Jangra (IND)

[4] Thierry Lincou (FRA) v [Q] Joe Lee (ENG)

[13] Olli Tuominen (FIN) v [Q] Campbell Grayson (NZL)

[7] Laurens Jan Anjema (NED) v [Q] Kamran Khan (MAS)

[14] Hisham Mohd Ashour (EGY) v [Q] Chris Simpson (ENG)

[12] Ong Beng Hee (MAS) v Aaron Frankcomb (AUS)

[8] Mohamed El Shorbagy (EGY) v Mohammed Abbas (EGY)

[15] Saurav Ghosal (IND) v [Q] Adrian Waller (ENG)

[3] Amr Shabana (EGY) v [Q] Stephen Coppinger (RSA)

[9] Daryl Selby (ENG) v Joey Barrington (ENG)

[5] Peter Barker (ENG) v Omar Abdel Aziz (EGY)

[16] Jonathan Kemp (ENG) v Tom Richards (ENG)

[1] Nick Matthew (ENG) v [Q] Dick Lau (HKG)

Qualifying finals:

Stephen Coppinger (RSA) bye

Adrian Waller (ENG) bt Deepak Mishra (IND) 11-2, 11-8, 11-3

Dick Lau (HKG) bt Sandeep Jangra (IND) 14-12, 11-3, 9-11, 11-9

Campbell Grayson (NZL) bt Ivan Yuen (MAS) 13-11, 15-13, 8-11, 11-4

Chris Simpson (ENG) bt Gaurav Nandrajog (IND) 11-3, 11-6, 11-9

Joe Lee (ENG) bt Kush Kumar (IND) 14-12, 11-2, 11-6

Siddharth Suchde (IND) bt Ravi Dixit (IND) 11-3, 11-1, 11-4

Kamran Khan (MAS) bt Martin Knight (NZL) 12-10, 11-8, 11-6