India's Mahesh Mangaonkar marked his maiden appearance in a PSA World Tour final in style by winning his first title at the Prague Open, the PSA Challenger 5 event at Squash Club Praha in the Czech Republic capital.

Seeded four, the 18-year-old from Mumbai made his breakthrough in the semi-finals when he upset French favourite Julien Balbo in four games.

His opponent in the final was also a Frenchman - unseeded Lucas Serme who secured his fifth Tour final appearance by upsetting third-seeded fellow countryman Joan Lezaud in the other semi.

"The ultimate contest between the Indian and the Frenchman lasted almost two hours," said event spokesman Adam Englund. "Both of the finalists reached the bottom of their strength reserves - the cramps got them during the third game. Nonetheless, they endured and provided the audience with a spectacle they are not likely to forget.

"Until the last minute, it was unclear who would win - but then there it was. Mahesh won his first PSA tournament in an incredible fashion and can now be officially titled the 'squash maharaja'."

Mangaonkar (pictured with Serme) was delighted with his 5-11, 11-5, 9-11, 11-9, 11-9 victory: "It was brutally hard and excruciatingly long. I'm totally dead. This was definitely the number one match for me," said the exhausted Indian after the match.

Final:
[4] Mahesh Mangaonkar (IND) bt Lucas Serme (FRA) 5-11, 11-5, 9-11, 11-9, 11-9

Semi-finals:
[4] Mahesh Mangaonkar (IND) bt [1] Julien Balbo (FRA) 11-2, 11-6, 9-11, 12-10
Lucas Serme (FRA) bt [3] Joan Lezaud (FRA) 12-10, 11-8, 11-9

Quarter-finals:
[1] Julien Balbo (FRA) bt [Q] Chris Fuller (ENG) 11-6, 11-8, 11-4
[4] Mahesh Mangaonkar (IND) bt Reiko Peter (SUI) 16-14, 11-2, 11-3
[3] Joan Lezaud (FRA) bt [Q] Andre Haschker (GER) 11-9, 11-9, 11-9
Lucas Serme (FRA) bt [2] Davide Bianchetti (ITA) 11-7, 13-15, 8-11, 11-0, 11-5

1st round:
[1] Julien Balbo (FRA) bt [Q] Carlos Cornes Ribadas (ESP) 11-7, 11-8, 11-7
[Q] Chris Fuller (ENG) bt Omar Mohie Elddin Marei (EGY) w/o
Reiko Peter (SUI) bt Nathan Lake (ENG) 11-7, 8-11, 6-11, 11-7, 11-9
[4] Mahesh Mangaonkar (IND) bt [Q] Matias Tuomi (FIN) 10-12, 11-0, 11-4, 11-7
[3] Joan Lezaud (FRA) bt Ondrej Ertl (CZE) 11-9, 11-6, 5-11, 11-4
[Q] Andre Haschker (GER) bt Adam Murrills (ENG) 5-11, 12-10, 11-8, 12-14, 12-10
Lucas Serme (FRA) bt Alex Ingham (ENG) 11-4, 11-5, 11-6
[2] Davide Bianchetti (ITA) bt Abdulla Mohd Al Tamimi (QAT) 11-7, 8-11, 13-11, 11-7

Qualifying finals:
Carlos Cornes Ribadas (ESP) bt Roman Svec (CZE) 11-7, 11-2, 11-9
Andre Haschker (GER) bt Daniel Mekbib (CZE) 11-8, 11-8, 11-2
Chris Fuller (ENG) bt Bart Ravelli (NED) 9-11, 11-5, 3-11, 11-4, 11-3
Matias Tuomi (FIN) bt Alex Phillips (ENG) 5-11, 9-11, 12-10, 13-11, 11-7

1st qualifying round:
Carlos Cornes Ribadas (ESP) bt Petr Martin (CZE) 11-5, 14-12, 9-11, 11-3
Roman Svec (CZE) bt Jakub Solnicky (CZE) 11-7, 11-2, 11-4
Daniel Mekbib (CZE) bt Tom de Mulder (BEL) 4-11, 11-7, 11-5, 11-4
Andre Haschker (GER) bt Miroslav Celler (SVK) 11-8, 11-3, 11-4
Chris Fuller (ENG) bt Richard Nadvornik (CZE) 11-8, 11-6, 11-6
Bart Ravelli (NED) bt Ondrej Uherka (CZE) 11-5, 9-11, 11-6, 11-3
Alex Phillips (ENG) bt Martin Svec (CZE) 9-11, 11-9, 11-7, 11-2
Matias Tuomi (FIN) bt David Zeman (CZE) 11-4, 11-0, 11-2