Ashour moves into final of Challenger squash

March 20th, 2009 - 11:59 pm ICT by IANS  

Kolkata, March 20 (IANS) Fourth-seeded Egyptian Hisham Mohammad Ashour staged an astounding rally after dropping the first two games to stun top seeded Ong Beng Hee of Malaysia and set up a final clash with Englishman Adrian Grant in the $30,000 PSA Indian Challenger squash meet here Friday.
Undeterred by a hip injury, Ashour put up a splendid show to prevail over world number 11 Beng 6-11 5-11 12-10 11-2 and 12-10 at the Calcutta Racket Club.

Two games down, Ashour was trailing 8-10 in the third with Beng on two match points when the script overturned. Ashour kept his cool and took four points in a row to take the game 12-10.

From then on, there was no looking back for Ashour, who fired some splendid shots to take the next three games and finish off the semi final match.

Third seeded Grant also made a roaring comeback after dropping the opening game to win 11-13 11-4 11-5 and 11-5 over second-seed Mohammad Azlan Iskandar of Malaysia in the second semifinal.

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