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Otters Squash: Saksham downs 2nd seed Tushar, enters final

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

Saksham Choudhary produced a brilliant performance to defeat second seed 7-11, 11-8, 9-11, 12-10, 11-5 in an epic five game thriller in the semi-final of the Otters Club Squash Open on Friday.

Saksham, who is playing his first tournament after a gap of six months due to injury,faced his biggest challenge in the second seed

Tushar started attacking from the onset and took the first game 11-7.

Saksham bounced back, but faced a lot of resistance before winning the game 11-8 to make it 1-1.

Saksham fought hard in the third set, tiring Tushar by making him play longer rallies. But Tushar prevailed to take the third game 11-9.

With constant long rallies, Tushar was starting to lose steam and Saksham took the advantage to score back to back winners and race to an 8-0 lead. But Tushar pushed himself to the extreme and went on to score multiple winners to take the game to a 10-10 tie-breaker before Saksham managed to survive the scare, winning the game 12-10 with the match tied at 2-2.

Tushar, however, succumbed to a 5-11 defeat in the final game helping Saksham win the tie 7-11, 11-8, 9-11, 12-10, 11-5.

In another match, top seed Veer Chotrani survived the first game scare to beat 8-11, 11-3, 11-8, 13-11 in a hard-fought semi-final match Results Boys U-19 Saksham Choudhary[3/4] bt [2] 7-11, 11-8, 9-11, 12-10, 11-5; Veer Chotrani [1] bt 8-11, 11-3, 11-8, 13-11

Results Girls U19 [3/4] bt Bhavna Goyal [2] 11-4, 11-4, 11-7; Aishwarya Khubchandani [5/8] bt Mithali Surana 11-2, 11-3, 11-6.

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First Published: Fri, April 12 2019. 19:05 IST