World number one James Willstrop weathered a phenomenal fightback from the best Indian racqueter Saurav Ghosal for a place in the quarters of Canary Wharf Classic.
The two players practice together at Pontefract and are neighbours in Leeds,but there was no room for friendship on court as Willstrop’s was victorious in 84 minutes after a 11-7 7-11 11-4 10-12 11-5.
Yorkshireman Willstrop paid tribute to his 25-year-old opponent,saying: He is so fast around the court and kept getting the ball back. His retrieving was so amazing that I could sense the crowd were getting on his side, said Willstrop.
Ghosal,who has yet to beat Willstrop in a PSA tournament,said This is certainly the best I have played against him in a PSA event. His straight game is so immaculate that he hardly gives you anything to hit.
Odafa scores four
Riding on a four-goal blitz by Odafa Okolie,Mohun Bagan handed Aryan Club a 6-0 defeat in their Calcutta Football League Premier Division encounter. The Nigerian struck four times in the first-half with goals in the 14th,17th,30th and 44th. Once Odafa was replaced,Syed Rahim Nabi (66th) and Manish Mathani 92nd) completed the rout.