Chinappa the flagbearers of Indian squash for the past decade, were stretched in the finals by Lakshya Ravendran and Mahesh Mangaonkar respectively before getting home in four games.
Top seed Chinappa, who had lost to Dipika Pallikal in the final last year, regained the trophy with a 11-6 8-11 11-2 11-4 victory over Lakshya Ravendran. Joshna Chinappa, the World No 14 is now has equalled Bhuvneshwari Kumari’s record of 16 national titles.
Chinappa’s main rival and longtime teammate, Pallikal, had pulled out of the tournament at last minute due to an ankle strain.
It was the second year in a row that squash nationals offered equal prize money with eventual winners receiving Rs 1.5 lakh each. The total prize money of the tournament was a little over Rs 11 lakh.