Saurav Ghosal to take on Salem in final

Ghosal will meet second seeded Zahed Salem of Egypt in the title clash on Sunday.

India squash star Saurav Ghosal hardly allowed Todd Harrity (USA) any chance in the one-sided match at the Calcutta Racket Club on Saturday.   -  PTI

 

Top seeded Saurav Ghosal of India cruised to the final of the Kolkata International Squash, a PSA Challenger Tour event, beating fourth seeded Todd Harrity of USA in the semifinal at the Calcutta Racket Club here on Saturday.

He will meet second seeded Zahed Salem of Egypt in the title clash on Sunday.

World No. 11 Ghosal was in full command against Harrity (World No. 48). He hardly allowed his American opponent any chance in the one-sided match.

READ| Saurav Ghosal cruises into semifinals

Ghosal won the first game easily (11-4) but encountered some resistance in the second game, where Harrity nosed ahead midway to lead 7-5. But the Indian made a fine comeback earning consecutive 'strokes' against Harrity to level the scores. Eventually, he won the second game 11-7.

After the tough battle in the second game, Harrity looked exhausted in the third and the top Indian player had little difficulty in winning it 11-3 to reach the second professional circuit final of the year in 41 minutes.

Ghosal's previous final was in Vedanta Indian Squash Open, which he won in Mumbai in February this year.

The other semifinal saw Zahed getting the better of unseeded Carlos Cornes Ribadas of Spain in straight games. Zahed, the World No. 27, showed his class right from the start and outclassed Ribadas (ranked 96 in the world) in just 38 minutes.

The results:

Semifinal - Saurav Ghosal (Ind) bt Todd Harrity (USA) 11-4, 11-7, 11-3, Zahed Salem (Egy) bt Carlos Cornes Ribadas (Esp) 11-7, 11-3, 11-9.