Mahesh goes down fighting

File Photo : Mahesh Mangaonkar
SPORTINGINDIA|16-Jun-2017 18:51

Invercargill (New Zealand): Finalist a week ago in another event, India's Mahesh Mangaonkar went down fighting to the top seed Ivan Yuen of Malaysia in the quarterfinal of the ILY-Community Trust NZ southern open, a PSA world tour tournament here on Friday.

The Malaysian, ranked over 35 rungs above the sixth seeded Indian won but only just at 14-12, 11-6, 6-11, 9-11, 11-9. In March this year, Mahesh had beaten Ivan over a five game thriller in the Wimbledon Club Open in England in a match that went 107 minutes. The essence of the contest was similar this time but a few crucial points eluded him and Ivan ran away winner finally.

Mahesh had in the first round earlier got past Qualifier Chris Van der Salm of New Zealand 11-7, 11-2, 11-6 to reveal a good touch.