Ghosal through to semifinals

Saurav Ghosal focused overcame Egypt’s Karim Ali Fathi 11-8, 11-6, 11-7 to progress to the semifinals of the Vedanta Indian Squash Open on Friday.

Saurav Ghosal had to slug it out in the quarterfinals.   -  M. Vedhan

Saurav Ghosal focused on his skills to overcome Egypt’s Karim Ali Fathi 11-8, 11-6, 11-7 in the first quarterfinal of the $ 35000 Vedanta Indian Squash Open 2018 at the National Sports Club of Courts on Friday. Ghosal outsmarted Fathi in 37 minutes.

But Harinder Pal Singh Sandhu went down to a stronger Scottish opponent in Greg Lobban in four games. 

A higher ranked player, Ghosal was expected to advance to the semifinals, but he was given a tough fight by a determined rival.

“Last year I lost to Fathi and I knew it’s going to be a hard match. I had to be very precise on what I wanted to do. I think the first game was quiet even, but I think I did well towards the end of the game to win that and then on I got relaxed a little bit more and used my skill, both on the back and front to open up the court to be better. 

“Overall I did what I wanted to do; obviously I would like to play much better, but it is one step at a time and one day at a time with different people and I adapted well . And I am happy to win this game considering the fact that I lost to him last time,” said Ghosal reflecting on his quarterfinal win. 

Results (quarterfinals):

Saurav Ghosal bt Karim Ali Fathi (Egypt) 11-8, 11-6, 11-7; Greg Lobban (Scotland) bt Harinder Pal Singh Sandhu 9-11, 11-9, 11-5, 11-7.