Mahesh, Joshna are National squash champions
It was a heady climax as Joshna Chinappa won her 16th title and Mahesh Mangaonkar pipped Vikram Malhotra in a thriller to win his maiden crown in the HCL 75th National Squash Championship at the HCL Hub in New Delhi.
Watched by an appreciative audience in the picturesque setting of the HCL headquarters, Joshna overcame a stiff start to outplay the second seed Urwashi Joshi 911, 111, 116, 115.
With the title, Joshna, who had won her maiden women’s crown in 2000 as a 14yearold, equalled Bhuvaneshwari Kumari’s record of 16 national titles.
Much in contrast, topseed Mahesh survived three championship points and an intense battle to beat Vikram 114, 1315, 112, 511, 1513, in an entertaining battle that kept everyone glued to the action match officials on their toes.
Mahesh had lost the final to 12time national champion Saurav Ghosal last year, and was forced to earn the title the hard way.
Praising Bhuvaneshwari for winning 16 titles on the trot in the National championships, Joshna was quite clear that she would love to have more titles and be the highest ever.