Wimbledon Cup: Saurav Ghosal moves into the semifinal

The top seeded Ghosal was up against the English player Joe Lee and it took time for the Indian to get his game to work the way he wanted.

Ghosal won the match 12-10, 11-5, 11-7.   -  Ritu Raj Konwar

Only Saurav Ghosal survived to reach the semifinal as both Mahesh Mangaonkar and Vikram Malhotra fell in the quarters late on Wednesday in the Wimbledon Club Squash Squared Open in London.

The top seeded Ghosal was up against the English player Joe Lee and it took time for the Indian to get his game to work the way he wanted. Though he raced to early leads, Lee showed the pluck to fight back and forced the first game to extra points. Once Ghosal won that first game, things settled down better for the Indian. With better feel of the ball and showing the tactics in finding placements, Ghosal swiftly brought things his way to finish off winning 12-10, 11-5, 11-7.

But it was tough going for both Mangaonkar and Malhotra. The former faced the third seed Tom Richards of England and showed good fight to keep the scores moving neck and neck initially. But showing the diffidence at crucial moments, the Indian fell back and that proved dear. It proved a great match but only it was Richards who drew advantage when most required to win 11-9, 12-10, 11-7.

For Malhotra it was expected to be tough facing the second seed Nafizwan Adnan of Malaysia. Yet the Indian caught the eye with some great play as he had his higher ranked rival at the receiving end in the first game. But from 10-9, he slipped and the Malaysia drew away. The Malaysian eased to win the second game and even though Vikram took the third, it was Adnan in the final straights so to say to carve out a 12-10, 11-7, 8-11, 11-8 win.