Aditya Jagtap, a 26-year-old from Mubai, India, won the Kiva Club Open, beating American Faraz Khan, 3-1, in Sunday’s final.
The Kiva Club Open started Thursday with 16 players who thrilled spectators with long rallies, great gets and skillful play.
Sunday’s final pitted No. 1 seed Khan against No. 4 seed Jagtap. Jagtap had turned his ankle in an earlier match, but said he felt fine before the final started.
Jagtap won the first game convincingly, 11-7, but the 25-year-old Khan roared back to take the second game, 11-4.
The third game was the longest, going to Jagtap, 14-12.
During the fourth game, Khan injured his hamstring when he lunged into the right front corner to get a Jagtap drop. After Khan lost the point, he halted play for a few minutes, hoping some stretching would restore his leg. Play resumed, but Khan’s mobility was limited, and he lost the game, 11-8, and with it the match.
The Kiva Club Open was sponsored by McGehee Wealth Advisory Group, La Choza and The Shed restaurants, the New Mexico Squash Racquets Association, the Kiva Club and many individuals.
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The Taco Tournament had about 30 entrants, many from out of town — Albuquerque, Los Alamos, Colorado, Ohio and even Georgia. Here’s a list of the winners:
A Doubles: Champions: Todd Lopez and Grant Robinson (Kiva). Finalists: Josh Brown and Drewe Williams (Kiva).
B Doubles: Champions: Jeff Mayorga (Englewood, CO) and Laura Stuto (Denver). Finalists: Josiah Child (Kiva) and Ben Gillock (Santa Fe). Note: Child withdrew before the final match, so the final was not played.
5.5 singles: Champion: Jeff Mayorga (Englewood, CO). Finalist: Chris Fontes (Los Alamos).
4.5 singles: Champion: Gert Nortje (Vail, CO). Finalist: Dave Andes (Sandy Springs, GA).
3.5 singles: Champion: Gert Nortje (Vail, CO). Finalist: Laura Stuto (Denver).
5.5 Hardball: Champion: Jeff Mayorga (Englewood, CO). Finalist: Grant Robinson (Kiva).
4.5 Hardball: Champion: Gert Nortje (Vail, CO). Finalist: Derek Bohannan (Albuquerque).
3.5 Hardball: Champion: Gert Nortje (Vail, CO). Finalist: Laura Stuto (Denver).