Tuesday, May 28, 2024

WEDNESDAY AT A GLANCE…What happened at the Worlds



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Ghosal and Selby gatecrash the Quarter-Finals

It was the last day at the National Squash Centre, with eight round three matches – all on the showcourt – set to determine the quarter-finalists who will appear at the iconic Manchester Central for the final stages of the tournament.

We were guaranteed one unseeded player in the last eight as Saurav Ghosal took on Henrik Mustonen, who came through at the expense of the injured Peter Barker. Nevertheless it was the young Finn who took the first two games before Ghosal settled into his game, and mounted a comeback of increasing authority to become India’s first-ever World quarter-finalist.

His task in that quarter-final will be to take on defending champion Ramy Ashour, the world number one who came from a game down, and then from 7-10 down in the fourth, to maintain his unbeaten record on this court and extend his winning run to 52 matches.

The day opened with a win for England’s two-time champion Nick Matthew who overcame Omar Mosaad in four games. He’ll meet four-time champion Amr Shabana who neutralised speedy Colombian Miguel Rodriguez in straight games.

In the bottom half of the draw James Willstrop became the second Englishman through with a three-nil win over Borja Golan, although the Spaniard made it tough in the final two games. Willstrop will meet Mohamed Elshorbagy in a repeat of their 2012 semifinal after the young Egyptian despatched Germany’s Simon Rosner in similar fashion a comfortable first game followed by two much closer ones.

Daryl Selby made it three home players in the last eight with a gritty five-game win over fifth seed Karim Darwish, finalist last time the event was here in 2008. The last spot was claimed by three-time finalist Gregory Gaultier, the in-form second seed despatching Tarek Momen in straight games.

Quarter-finals take place at Manchester Central, with the top half matches on Thurdsay, bottom half on Friday.

  • Round THREE

    [4] Nick Matthew (Eng) 3-1 [11] Omar Mosaad (Egy) 11-4, 11-7, 11-13, 11-4 (71m)
    Matthew maintains his unbeaten record against Mosaad, despite missing out on two match balls in the third.

    [8] Amr Shabana (Egy) 3-0 [16] Miguel Angel Rodriguez (Col) 11-6, 11-5, 11-9 (37m)
    Four time champion Shabana moves into his 11th World Open quarter-final.

    Saurav Ghosal (Ind) 3-2 Henrik Mustonen (Fin)   5-11, 8-11, 11-8, 11-4, 11-2 (66m)
    Fantastic fightback by Ghosal to become India’s first ever World quarter-finalist

    [1] Ramy Ashour (Egy) 3-1  [14] Cameron Pilley (Aus)  9-11, 11-8, 11-4, 12-10 (62m)
    Defending champion Ashour remains unbeaten on this court, and for 502 matches …

    [3] James Willstrop (Eng) 3-0 [9] Borja Golan (Esp)    11-4, 11-8, 11-6 (48m)
    It was getting tougher as the match went one, but Willstrop through to the quarters …

    [6] Mohamed Elshorbagy (Egy) 3-0 [12] Simon Rosner (Ger) 11-1, 11-9, 11-7
    Shorbagy off to a flier but Rosner really made it tough int he last two games …

    [13] Daryl Selby (Eng) 3-2 [5] Karim Darwish (Egy) 4-11, 11-9, 12-10, 8-11, 11-8
    Fantastic win for Daryl Selby, making his first World Championship quarter-final

    [2] Gregory Gaultier (Fra) v [10] Tarek Momen (Egy)

  • Round TWO:[11] Omar Mosaad (Egy) 3-0 Ong Beng Hee (Mas)  11-5 , 11-4, 13-11 (44m)
    [4] Nick Matthew (Eng) 3-0 Max Lee (Hkg) 11-7, 11-6, 11-6 (41m)[8] Amr Shabana (Egy) 3-1 Mathieu Castagnet (Fra)  11-8, 11-7, 12-14 , 11-6 (55m)
    [16] Miguel Angel Rodriguez (Col) 3-0 Leo Au (Hkg) 11-8, 11-5, 11-8 (38m)Saurav Ghosal (Ind) 3-1 [15] Alister Walker (Bot)  11-7, 11-5, 7-11, 11-7 (55m)
    Henrik Mustonen (Fin) 3-2 [7] Peter Barker (Eng)  2-11, 4-11, 11-6 rtd (36m)[1] Ramy Ashour (Egy) 3-0 [Q] Fares Dessouki (Egy)  11-6, 11-6, 11-4 (23m)
    [14] Cameron Pilley (Aus) 3-1 Nafiizwan Adnan (Mas)  11-9, 11-3, 9-11, 11-6 (80m)[3] James Willstrop (Eng) 3-0 Tom Richards (Eng)  11-8, 11-3, 11-6 (39m)
    [9] Borja Golan (Esp) 3-0 Cesar Salazar (Mex)  11-4, 11-6, 11-3 (30m)[12] Simon Rosner (Ger) 3-0 Abdullah Al Mezayen (Kuw)  15-13, 11-7, 11-5 (59m)
    [6] Mohamed Elshorbagy (Egy) 3-0 Omar Abdel Aziz (Egy)  11-4, 11-5, 11-6 (29m)[5] Karim Darwish (Egy) 3-0 Olli Tuominen (Fin)  11-7, 11-5, 11-3 (33m)
    [13] Daryl Selby (Eng) 3-1 Stephen Coppinger (Rsa)  11-9, 12-10, 9-11, 11-3 (75m)[10] Tarek Momen (Egy) 3-0 Nicolas Mueller (Sui) 5-11, 11-5, 11-4, 11-3 (43m)
    2] Gregory Gaultier (Fra) 3-0 [10] Tarek Momen (Egy)  11-5, 11-6, 11-6 (45m)
    The in-form Frenchman makes the last eight with a polished performance.

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