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Mahesh Mangaonkar won Open du Gard squash title

Mahesh Mangaonkar began the New Year in the same way he ended 2013 by defeating Greg Lobban to win PSA Tour title at the Open du Gard.

Jan 7, 2014 12:24 IST
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Mahesh Mangaokar of India on 6 January 2014 won the Open du Gard squash title, the PSA Challenger 5 event. Mangaokar (19) of Mumbai defeated the top-seeded Scottish player Scot Greg Lobban 9-11, 11-3, 11-4, 11-5 in the final match played at Squash des Arenes in Nimes, France to claim the tour title.

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Mangaokar from Mumbai defeated Lobban in the IMET Open in December and repeated the same again in the sixth edition of the 5000 dollar PSA Challenger event.

To qualify for the finals, Mangaonkar defeated the second seeded Ammar Alamimi of Kuwait in the semi-finals.  The is the third win of Mangaonkar on the PSA Tour and this also set up a nine-match winning streak for the Indian - the longest of his career.

Results
Semi-finals

• Greg Lobban of Scotland defeated Christophe Andre of France 11-8, 11-5, 11-7
• Mahesh Mangaonkar of India defeated Ammar Altamimi of Kuwait 11-9, 11-2, 11-0

Final
• Mahesh Mangaonkar of India defeated Greg Lobban of Scotland 9-11, 11-3, 11-4, 11-5

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