Ghosal goes down to Beng from a high

March 20th, 2009 - 12:01 am ICT by IANS  

Kolkata, March 19 (IANS) India’s top ranked squash player Saurav Ghosal stared at defeat from the verge of victory as he went out of contention from the $30,000 PSA Indian Challenger squash meet here Thursday.
National champion Ghosal faltered two points away from pulling off a big upset against top seeded Ong Beng Hee of Malaysia to lose the quarter final match 11-3, 8-11, 11-8, 10-12, 6-11, much to the disappointment of a capacity crowd at the Calcutta Racket Club.

The sixth seeded Indian was up 2-1 and ahead 9-7 in the fourth game when Hee used all his experience to stage a fine come-back from the brink to win the game. All keyed up after this, world number 11 Hee crushed Ghosal in the fifth and final game to sneak into the semifinal, where he takes on Hisham Mohammed Ashour of Egypt Friday.

“I lost out to his experience. But I really thought I could win today,” a disappointed world number 34 Ghosal said after the 74-minute tie.

Ashour whizzed past countrymate Mohammed Abbas 11-5, 11-3, 11-8 in barely 28 minutes to make it to the last four.

Second seeded Azlan Iskandar of Malaysia cruised into the other semifinal after an indisposed Australian Aaron Frankcomb retired in the midst of the second game after losing the first 6-11. Frankcomb was trailing 1-6 in the second when he quit.

Iskandar will face third seeded Adrian Grant of England, who came back after losing the opening game against Egypt’s Amr Swelin to register a 3-11, 11-8, 11-7, 11-4 triumph in a little over an hour.

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