Singapore Open: India’s Ramit Tandon marches into finalDecember 10, 2017
CHENNAI: India’s Ramit Tandon, who has been making waves in the Singapore Open, a PSA World tour event, made steady progress in the tournament on Sunday. The 88th ranked Indian, who is seeded six, caused the biggest upset of the meet by beating top seed Henry Leung of Hong Kong for a place in the final.
Tandon needed just 22 minutes to score an 11-3, 11-6, 11-5 win over Leung defying all odds and form book. His amazing feat came after he had retired from a Qatar tournament earlier with a twisted ankle. But he showed no strain while producing a show of master class, according to reports.
Tandon had started the event with a comfortable 11-8, 11-6, 11-5 win over qualifier Benedict Chan of Singapore. A long drawn out battle followed against fourth seed Elvinn Keo of Malaysia next. The Indian won 11-7, 11-8, 2-11, 10-12, 12-10 to enter the semis. In the last four, he beat Leung and now awaits fifth seed James Huang Taipeh for the title clash.
Five Indians in main draw of world championship
Two of the three Indians in fray made into the main draw late on Saturday in the World Squash Championship, being held in Manchester. While Vikram Malhotra lost out in the final round of the Qualifying phase, both Mahesh Mangaonkar and Harinder Pal Sandhu went past the final hurdle to earn a slot each in the main draw which commences on Sunday.
Saurav Ghosal made a direct entry in the main draw.
In the women’s section, Joshna Chinappa is seeded 14th while Dipika Pallikal Karthik will also be in fray for the title.