Expectedly, India, seeded eighth, lost to England, the second seed, 3-0 in the quarterfinals of the WSF-World men’s team squash championship here on Friday, notwithstanding a fighting performance from India’s top player Saurav Ghosal.
The way Saurav played against Nick Matthew, ranked 10 places below the Briton in the world rankings, at 16, in the first rubber, it looked like the Indian might pull off an upset win. However, Matthew, winner of 35 PSA world tour titles, dug deep to script a 11-6, 6-11, 11-7, 10-12, 11-9 victory.
Saurav impressed with his deception, especially the drop shots that kept the Englishman on his toes.
Use of brains
The fifth and deciding game was evenly contested. At 9-9, Matthew unleashed a fantastic backhand double boast winner, and then won the match ball on a ‘stroke’, which the referee awarded in Matthew’s favour after the video review.
During the on-court interview, the 37-year-old Matthew, attributed the triumph to his experience. “I am a bit slow (due to my age). But I used my brain a little bit more [today]. I also saved the video referral (to the last). That’s because of my experience,” said Matthew, holder of three World championship titles.
England sealed the tie in the second rubber when Daryl Selby outplayed Harinderpal Sandhu 11-2, 11-4, 11-2 in just 38 minutes. In the third ‘dead’ tie, James Willstrop defeated Vikram Malhotra 11-4, 9-11, 11-8.
India will now play for the 5-8th placings.
- England bt India 3-0 (Nick Matthew bt Saurav Ghosal 11-6, 6-11, 11-7, 10-12, 11-9; Daryl Selby bt Harinderpal Sandhu 11-2, 11-4, 11-2; James Willstrop bt Vikram Malhotra 11-4, 9-11, 11-8).