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.)