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Kolkata International 2015

Kolkata International 2015
22-27 Sep, Kolkata, India, $35k

Hometown Victory for Surav Ghosal

Indian No.1 Saurav Ghosal secured his first PSA World Tour title since 2012 with an emphatic 3-0 victory over Marwan Elshorbagy in the final of the Kolkata International JSW Indian Squash Circuit, PSA M35 event.

The World No.15 didn’t drop a game throughout the tournament and earned his spot in the final after a superb triumph over second seed Stephen Coppinger in the previous round. Elshorbagy meanwhile came through a five-game-thriller against Rex Hedrick in the quarter-final before dispatching Chris Simpson in the last four.

Cheered on by a partizan home crowd, Ghosal started the match by injecting plenty of pace into proceedings which Elshorbagy struggled to keep up with. A couple of strokes went in Ghosal’s favour in the latter stages of the first game and the 29-year-old rose to a 11-7 victory.

Elshorbagy grew frustrated the longer the match wore on as he started to hit a number of unforced errors to hand Ghosal a further advantage in the second and third games.

Home favourite Ghosal kept up his relentless energy to complete an 11-7, 11-2, 11-7 triumph and lift his fifth career PSA World Tour title and his first PSA M35 crown.

Result – Final: Kolkata International JSW Indian Squash Circuit 2015
[3] Saurav Ghosal (IND) bt [1] Marwan Elshorbagy (EGY) 3-0: 11-7, 11-2, 11-7 (43 mins)

Draw Finalised

The draw for the 2015 JSW Indian Squash Circuit NSCI Open, PSA M15 & W15 tournaments has been released with Adrian Waller due to head a supremely competitive Men's field when the tournament gets underway at the NSCI Club, Mumbai on Thursday September 3.

Waller, who is recognised as one of the fittest players on the PSA World Tour, makes his debut on the Indian Circuit and is looking to add to the four PSA World Tour titles that he has achieved thus far in his career.

The Englishman might need to get past Raphael Kandra if he is to take the crown with the German named as the number two seed. Kandra is the form player heading into the event having already won a trio of titles in 2015 and is looking to earn back-to-back titles for the third time in his career.

Seeded to meet Waller in the semi-final is Tsz Fung Yip while on the other half of the draw Mahesh Mangaonkar, the Indian No.2 who is competing in his home-town, could spar against Kandra for a place in the showpiece finale.

World Junior Champion Habiba Mohamed headlines the Women's event as she looks to continue her meteoric rise on the PSA World Tour but will have to be wary of other highly-regarded players such as Nicolette Fernandes and Joey Chan.

Mohamed could meet Chan at the semi-final stage if both players perform to their seeding while Fernandes has a path to the final that is fraught with danger as she could face both Nouran El Torky and Joshana Chinappa en-route.

“We are delighted to have such a strong line-up for the start of the Indian Circuit,” said Tournament Promoter Raj Arora.

“There are no easy matches for anyone in the draw and it should make for a stunning spectacle.”

Men's JSW Indian Squash Circuit NSCI Open – Main Draw
[1] Adrian Waller (ENG) v Peter Creed (WAL)
Joel Hinds (ENG) v [5] Harinder Pal Singh Sandhu (IND)
[7] Mohamed Reda (EGY) v [Qualifier]
[Qualifier] v [4] Tsz Fung Yip (HKG)
[3] Mahesh Mangaonkar (IND) v [WC] Kush Kumar (IND)
Tom Ford (ENG) v [8] Jaymie Haycocks (ENG)
[6] Ben Coleman (ENG) v [Qualifier]
[Qualifier] v [2] Raphael Kandra (GER)

Women's JSW Indian Squash Circuit NSCI Open – Women's Draw
[1] Habiba Mohamed (EGY) v [Qualifier]
Sarah Cardwell (AUS) v [8] Laura Pomportes (FRA)
[7] Nadine Shahin (EGY) v [Qualifier]
[WC] Sachika Ingale (IND) v [3] Joey Chan (HKG)
[4] Joshana Chinappa (IND) v Millie Tomlinson (ENG)
[Qualifier] v [6] Deon Saffery (WAL)
[5] Nouran El Torky (EGY) v Fiona Moverley (ENG)
[Qualifier] v [2] Nicolette Fernandes (GUY)