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PTI 09 Aug 2018, 02:05 PM India

Top seed and India number 3 Mahesh

Mangoankar warmed up nicely for his stint in the Asian Games

later this month by taking his appointed place in the final of

the Maharashtra State Men's Open Squash tournament today.

Mangoankar will take on second seed Abhishek Pradhan

tomorrow in an all-Mumbai title clash of the edition of the

tournament at the Bombay Gymkhana.

In the semi-final round, Mangaonkar brought out his

best game against giant killer Yash Fadte of Goa who could not

match the speed and skills of the top seed and was beaten

11-2, 11-7, 11-3.

In the other semi final clash, second seed Pradhan had

to work hard for his victory over 4th seed Gaurav Nandarjog,

of Delhi who is also a senior player.

It was a close first game with both the players

notching points in quick intervals but the local player

regained control of the game winning the tiebreaker 16-14.

But he could not maintain the momentum and lost the

second 9-11 making the scores level.

Later, Pradhan did not waste much time and quickly

finished off his opponent with a 16-14, 9-11, 11-3, 11-5

scoreline to reach the final.

"It is always fun playing with Mahesh. While we have

played a lot against each other as juniors the last time I

played him in a final was eight years ago. I look forward to

playing against him and with his current form he is going to

be a very tough competitor and it will be an exciting finish

to this tournament," Pradhan said about tomorrow's summit

contest.

(This story has not been edited by Devdiscourse staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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