Last Updated on 2 min readThe biggest tournament in squash-PSA World Championship is going to kickstart in Manchester, London from December 8 – 17.
The birth of the world championship Men and Women can be traced back to 1976. The whole tournament of Men’s World Championship was conducted in the home of English Football, Wembley Stadium in London, England while Women’s World Championship began in Australian soil, Brisbane, Australia.
In early ages of Squash World Championship tournament Australian player were having their supremacy in both Men’s and Women’s Championships.
Geoff Hunt (AUS) in Men’s and Heather McKay (AUS) in Women’s were legends in that era.
The south-east Asian subcontinent has also had a remarkable presence in Squash World Championship with two players from Pakistan winning 14 individuals titles in total. Jahangir Khan claiming 6 titles while Jansher Khan lifted 8 individual titles. The two Khan’s are the most decorated players to have graced the World Championship.
When it comes to India, hopes are elevated from 2013 when first ever Indian Saurav Ghosal etched his name in history books by becoming first ever Indian player to reach quarter-finals of PSA World Championship. This year India has pretty good representation in both Men’s and Women’s categories. Men’s squad include Saurav Ghosal seed 21, Vikram Malhotra, Mahesh Mangaonkar, Harinder Sandhu and in Women’s squad Joshna Chinappa seed 14, Deepika Pallikal seed 20.
Arjuna Awardee Saurav Ghosal outclassed his performance throughout the years. The latest strike of Ghoshal is the JSW Indian Squash, 73rd and 74th National Squash Championships and many more.
With former national champion Harinder Pal Sandhu, 2014 Asian games Gold medalist Mahesh Mangaonkar, and another spectacular player with a great performance in PSA history, Vikram Malhotra Indian Men’s squad looks strong.
Indian Women team doubles partners Joshua Chinappa and Deepika Pallikal will be playing to earn PSA Squash Women’s World Championship title in individuals.
Joshana Chinappa won historic Asian Squash title, 74th National Squash Championship with her 15th crown for the National Championship.
A lot of medals won at national, international circuits gave them a hunger for winning a strike, with fantastic performances by Indian Squash players throughout the year in numerous tournaments, performance bar is now set to bring titles to the Indian soil.
Everything looks quite easy and eye-catching with the performances of these players but reality can take a U-turn. This will be a golden opportunity for Indian players to mark their presence.
The question is can they keep their temperament throughout the season? If they can India can definitely bag the title.
Every question has a binary answer; either yes or no. Let’s keep our probability high for yes, Indian can win and we can expect to see world-class performances from every player.