India's Mahesh Mangaonkar is the final of a PSA event in New Zealand.

File Photo : Mahesh Mangaonkar
IANS|10-Jun-2017 19:33

Palmerston North(New Zealand): India's Mahesh Mangaonkar is close to annexing his sixth PSA title having reached the final of the NZ International Classic, a 10,000$ PSA world tour event being held here.

A quarterfinalist in the Welsh Open held last month, Mahesh,the fourth seed, did even better when he got past Malaysia's top junior and current world junior champion Eain Yow Ng in four games 17-11, 11-4, 11-4, 11-5 in the semi-final. Eain had earlier accounted for the top seed Peter Creed of Wales in the quarterfinal. Mahesh is scheduled to meet the third seed Greg Lobban (Scotland) in the final on Sunday.

Mahesh's previous PSA title win was last year in the Sekisui Open in Switzerland. The progress this time was just as promising with a fluent 11-5, 11-6, 11-6 win over Joe Green of England in the first round. Beating Malaysian Mohd Syafiq Kamal next 11-4, 9-11, 11-4, 11-4 gave him the passage to the last four.