Ghosal Makes History With Record 11th Indian Nationals Win
World No.17 Saurav Ghosal lifted a record 11th Indian Nationals title after beating 2014 champion Harinder Pal Singh Sandhu 3-1 in the final in Mumbai – surpassing RK Narpat Singh’s tally of 10 set in 1955.
Ghosal, a six-time PSA World Tour title winner, is the highest-ranked male Indian player of all time and recovered from 2-1 down to beat Vikram Malhotra in the last four before repeating the feat against World No.84 Sandhu.
“To win once is hard,” said Ghosal to Sport Star Live.
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“I did not win the junior title until I was 15. I lost three before winning it at the fourth attempt. Then I was lucky enough to win three under-19s.
“Growing in the sport, it was just about being a national champion. The record is there, it’s mine now, I’m extremely proud.
“For me, it’s really to take squash forward and reach the top five. That will be much more than 20 national titles. I hope myself and anyone around me can do that.
“We already have the strongest team ever, men and women. This is the golden period of Indian squash.”
The Women’s event saw World No.19 Dipika Pallikal end a five-year boycott to win her second Indian Nationals crown, beating close friend and Indian No.1 Joshna Chinappa in the final.
Pallikal had been absent from the tournament since 2011 as a protest over the disparity in prize money but, after the event pledged to provide an equal prize purse, the 24-year-old returned to beat 14-time winner Chinappa, with whom she won gold in the 2014 Commonwealth Games Women’s Doubles, to the title.