Harinder Pal Sandhu Upsets Top Seed To Reach Final

Reigning national squash champion Harinder Pal Sandhu caused a major upset as he reached the final of Doubledot Media Christchurch International on Saturday. Sandhu stunned the top-seeded Raphael Kandra of Germany in a hard-fought four-game battle 12-10, 11-6, 15-13, 11-7 in 63 minutes. The 26 year old will now square off against 4th seeded Declan James for the title.


Harinder Pal Sandhu shocked Raphael Kandra to reach the final of the Doubledot Media Christchurch International

Confident show from Harinder Pal Sandhu

The third-seeded Harinder Pal Sandhu eked out the first game 12-10 with sheer display of speed and precision.  The 50th ranked Raphael Kandra came back into the match in the second game. The left-handed German was in total control of the second game and clinched it 11-6.

The third game saw some exhilarating squash from both the players. In a battle of long and draining rallies, it was Sandhu who emerged victorious with a score of 15-13.

That gave him oodles of confidence to nudge ahead in the fourth. The 61st ranked Harinder Pal Sandhu took the fourth game 11-7 and the match 3-1 to march into the final of this 10k event.

The Indian will challenge fourth-seeded Declan James for the title on Sunday.

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