Friday, July 19, 2024

Saurav Ghosal’s glory in Kolkata

Saurav Ghosal in the back corner
Saurav Ghosal in the back corner

Crowd roars as Saurav soars past Marwan Elshorbagy in Kolkata final
By LIESL GOECKER – Squash Mad Correspondent in Kolkata

The crowd was a one-sided beast today, as hometown hero Saurav Ghosal (IND) played the final of the Kolkata International against Marwan Elshorbagy (EGY).

Ghosal was on fire from the first serve, setting a punishing pace that had the bigger player scrambling to keep up.

Ghosal was aided by a couple of strokes in the first game, and spent the next two keeping Elshorbagy from getting in his shots.

It was a vicious circle. As Elshorbagy grew more frustrated, his game saw more errors, and while he gave Ghosal some trouble with his lengths, couldn’t manage to get a rhythm going against the local favourite.

So Ghosal took home his first 35k tournament win on home turf to uproarious applause, 11-7, 11-2, 11-7 in 43 minutes.

Ghosal said: “I am obviously extremely happy to win a 35k final after being in two finals in two months. Doing it in my own club, in my own city is extra special.

“Beating two top-15 players, Stephen in the semi-final and Marwan in the final, is something I can be proud of. Thanks to sponsors JSW, Reliance, and the club and the organisers for making it a great event for PSA players.”

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