Sandhu enters semi-finals of PSA challenger

Chennai, Nov 19 ( Harinder Pal Singh Sandhu kept Indian hopes alive by advancing to semi-finals in the PSA Challenger Series-5 squash tournament here Thursday even as his compatriots fell by the way side.

Sandhu was kept on court for 69 minutes by junior player Abhishek Pradhan before he pulled through in five games.

In the WISPA Challenger series event being run concurrently, India’s Anaka Alankamony and Anwesha Reddy crashed out and with their exit, the home challenge ended.

The results (Quarter-finals):

Men: Harinder Pal Singh Sandhu (3-India) bt Gaurav Nandrajog (India) 13-11, 7-11, 16-14, 11-9, 11-4 (69 mins); Andrew Wagh Shoukry (1-Egypt) bt Chong kam Hing (7-Malaysia)11-8, 11-8, 11-4 (20 mins); Ahmed Hawas (5-Egypt) bt Ravi Dixit (India) 1-11, 11-5, 11-7, 9-11, 11-9 (43 Mins); James Snell (2-England) bt Naresh Kumar (6-India) 13-11, 11-4, 11-8 (37 mins).