Ghosal battles into Bordeaux squash final

September 13th, 2008 - 9:56 pm ICT by IANS  

Bordeaux (France), Sep 13 (IANS) India’s national squash champion Saurav Ghosal scored his second successive upset in the Ornano International Open to reach the final of the inaugural $15,000 PSA Tour event here.In the semi-finals Friday, sixth seed Ghosal faced fifth seed Egyptian Amr Swelim. The marathon encounter lasted 74 minutes with underdog Ghosal ultimately surviving a fifth game tie-break to win 10-12, 11-2, 11-2, 3-11, 14-12.

Celebrating his sixth appearance in a PSA Tour final, Ghosal takes on Italian Davide Bianchetti, the third seed who outplayed surprise opponent Bradley Hindle, the eighth seed from Australia, 11-8, 11-9, 11-4 in the other semi-final.

World No.30 Bianchetti from Brescia, is marking his 18th Tour final appearance and will be meeting his Indian opponent for the first time for more than two years.

The Kolkata-born 22-year-old Ghosal made his breakthrough in the quarter-finals when he toppled top seed Renan Lavigne in four games - dashing hopes of local success in the event.

Results:

Quarter-finals: (6) Saurav Ghosal (IND) bt (1) Renan Lavigne (FRA) 7-11, 15-13, 11-5, 11-5 (63 minutes); (5) Amr Swelim (EGY) bt (4) Julien Balbo (FRA) 11-6, 11-5, 8-11, 11-5 (45 minutes); (3) Davide Bianchetti (ITA) bt (7) Ritwik Bhattacharya (IND) 11-8, 11-3, 11-8 (49 minutes); (8) Bradley Hindle (AUS) bt (2) Joey Barrington (ENG) 11-9, 13-11, 11-9 (73 minutes)

Semi-finals: (6) Saurav Ghosal (IND) bt (5) Amr Swelim (EGY) 10-12, 11-2, 11-2, 3-11, 14-12 (74 minutes); (3) Davide Bianchetti (ITA) bt (8) Bradley Hindle (AUS) 11-8, 11-9, 11-4 (68 minutes)

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