MUMBAI, Aug 9 (PTI): Top seed and India number 3 Mahesh Mangoankar warmed up nicely for his stint in the Asian Games later this month by taking his appointed place in the final of the Maharashtra State Men’s Open Squash tournament on Thursday.
It was a close first game with both the players notching points in quick intervals but the local playerregained control of the game winning the tiebreaker 16-14.
But he could not maintain the momentum and lost the second 9-11 making the scores level.
Later, Pradhan did not waste much time and quickly finished off his opponent with a 16-14, 9-11, 11-3, 11-5 scoreline to reach the final.
“It is always fun playing with Mahesh. While we have played a lot against each other as juniors the last time I played him in a final was eight years ago. I look forward to playing against him and with his current form he is going to be a very tough competitor and it will be an exciting finish to this tournament,” Pradhan said about Friday’s summit contest.