Kolkata International: Saurav Ghosal cruises into semifinals

The World No. 11 defeats El Hammamy 11-5, 11-7, 11-2.

File Photo: Saurav Ghosal is the highest-ranked Indian player in the world tour.   -  Ritu Raj Konwar

Saurav Ghosal, the top seed and the highest-ranked Indian squash player in the world tour, continued to prove too good for his challengers as he blanked fifth seeded Karim El Hammamy 3-0 to move into the semifinals of the Kolkata International USD 30,000 PSA event here on Friday.

Looking to break into the top-10 PSA world tour rankings, Ghosal, the World No. 11, defeated El Hammamy (World No. 51) 11-5, 11-7, 11-2 in the quarterfinals to storm into the last-four stage. Ghosal, who had blanked Mohammad Syafiq Kamal of Malaysia in the pre-quarterfinals, will meet fourth seeded Todd Harrity of the U.S. in the clash for the final spot.

In a major upset, unseeded Carlos Cornes Ribadas of Spain continued his giant-killing run, downing third seeded Youssef Soliman of Egypt in another quarterfinal match. Ribadas had seen the end of eighth seeded Ramit Tandon of India in the previous round.

The results (quarterfinals)
  • Saurav Ghosal (Ind) bt Karim El Hammamy (Egy) 11-5 11-7 11-2,
  • Todd Harrity (USA) bt Nathan Lake (Eng) 11-13, 11-7, 11-3, 5-11, 11-8,
  • Carlos Cornes Ribadas (Esp) bt Youssef Soliman (Egy) 12-14 11-6 11-8 13-11.