November 2, 2013 2:14:42 am
Saurav Ghosals dream run in the World Squash Championship came to an end when he suffered a straight-game defeat against defending champion and World No.1 Ramy Ashour from Egypt in the quarter-finals,here.
Ghosal,who made history by becoming the first Indian ever to reach the world championship last-eight stage,put up a brave fight before running out of steam against the top seed from Cairo,losing 9-11,5-11,9-11 in a 48-minute contest at Manchester Central late last night.
It was Ashours fourth successive quarter-final berth in the championship,which he won last year and in 2008.
Ghosal,who went into the match without a win against the Egyptian in the last four meetings,made an impressive start as he led 8-4 and 9-6 in the first game. But the 26-year-old,later described by Ghosal as the most original squash player I have ever seen,came up with a
series of scintillating shots to recover from the deficit and take the game.
Ashour raced to a 9-1 lead before taking game two. It was nip and tuck throughout the third until nine-all. After a long rally,Ashour played a deft backhand volley into the nick,then clinched the match after a further lengthy exchange which concluded when Ghosal put the ball into the tin.
Ashour later said that he had a treatment in the morning for a niggle in his leg. I was very happy with the win, Ashour said after his victory. But its not just the win,its the story behind the win! He continued by thanking a host of people enabled him to achieve his victory – adding and the venue here is amazing.
When talking about his opponent later,Ghosal said: Ramy can produce performances right now that nobody can top. I feel privileged to have played in his era – what we have in Ramy is something very special. I think I played pretty well tonight in the first and third games. If Id won the first game,it could have made a big difference, Ghosal said.
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