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18/04/2010
INDIAN CHALLENGER No: 7
 

El Shorbagy Celebrates Historic Tour Win In Kolkata

Indian Challenger No: 7 2010
Men's Draw
12-17 Apr, Kolkata, $50k
Round One
14 Apr, 16.00-19.00
Quarters
15 Apr
Semis
16 Apr
Final
17 Apr
[1] Adrian Grant (Eng)
11-7 9-11 11-3 11-7 (60')
[Q] Chris Simpson (Eng)
Adrian Grant
8-11 15-13 11-5 11-7 (87m)
Saurav Ghosal
Saurav Ghosal
5-11 11-9 11-3 14-12(58m)
Mohamed El Shorbagy
Mohamed El Shorbagy
11-7, 3-11, 8-11, 11-8, 11-8 (74m)
Tarek Momen
[8] Saurav Ghosal (Ind)
11-4 11-6 11-5 (42')
Aaron Frankcomb (Aus)
[3] Mohamed El Shorbagy (Egy)
11-2 11-9 11-7
Renan Lavigne (Fra)
Mohamed El Shorbagy
11-6 6-11 11-6 9-11 11-9(64m)
Ong Beng Hee
[5] Ong Beng Hee (Mas)
11-5 11-8 6-11 11-9 (59')
[Q] Muhd Asyraf Azan (Mas)
[Q] Max Lee (Hkg)
11-9 11-7 8-11 11-8 (48')
[7] Tarek Momen (Egy)
Tarek Momen
11-7 11-9 11-6(33m)
Azlan Iskandar
Tarek Momen
11-13 11-9 11-6 11-6(59m)
Cameron Pilley
Siddarth Suchde (Ind)
11-5 11-6 11-5 (42')
[4] Azlan Iskandar (Mas)
Julian Illingworth (Usa)
11-5 11-6 11-7
[6] Jonathan Kemp (Eng)
Jonathan Kemp
12-10 11-9 11-6(50m)
Cameron Pilley
[Q] Nafiizwan Adnan (Mas)
11-6 7-11 11-8 11-6 (59')
[2] Cameron Pilley (Aus)
Indian Challenger No: 5 2010
Women's Draw
12-17 Apr, Kolkata, $8k
Round One
14 Apr
Quarters
15 Apr
Semis
16 Apr
Final
17 Apr
[1] Sharon Wee (Mas)
12-10 11-1 11-6 (23')
Nada Elkalaawy (Egy)
Sharon Wee
11-5 11-4 11-7(20m)
Aparajitha Balamurakan
Sharon Wee
8-11 12-10 11-6 11-9 (39m)
Dipika Pallikal
Dipika Pallikal
11-9, 11-8, 9-11, 11-6 (55m)
Emma Beddoes
[7] Aparajitha Balamurakan (Ind)
11-2 14-12 11-4 (15')
Harshit Kawaur Jawanda (Ind)
[4] Dipika Pallikal (Ind)
11-3 11-2 12-10 (24')
Zephanie Curgeven (Eng)
Dipika Pallikal
11-5 11-2 11-2(19m)
Anaka Alankamony
[5] Anaka Alankamony (Ind)
8-11 14-16 11-6 11-7 11-3 (38')
Surbhi Misra (Ind)
Gaby Schmol (Sui)
2-11 11-4 11-7 11-2 (27')
[8] Anwesha Reddy (Ind)
Gaby Schmol
11-8 11-13 11-5 11-9(48m)
Joshna Chinappa
Joshna Chinappa
11-7 11-4 11-8(28m)
Emma Beddoes
Maggy Marshall (Aus)
11-6 9-11 11-3 11-6 (36')
[3] Joshna Chinappa (Ind)
Catalina Pelaez (Col)
8-11 11-8 11-3 11-7 (37')
[6] Milou Vad Der Heijden (Ned)
Milou Vad Der Heijden
11-1 11-5 11-2(25m)
Emma Beddoes
Ankita Sharma (Ind)
11-2 11-7 11-6 (20')
[2] Emma Beddoes (Eng)

El Shorbagy Celebrates Historic Tour Win In Kolkata

 

Egyptian teenager Mohamed El Shorbagy won the $50,000 Indian Challenger No7 at The Calcutta Racket Club in Kolkata and became the first player in history to secure his maiden PSA World Tour squash title at a 5-star event.

 

The event climaxed in a surprise all-Egyptian final, between 19-year-old El Shorbagy, the third seed from Alexandria, and Cairo-based Tarek Momen, the No7 seed – with both players having reached Tour finals before, but each looking for his first title success.

 

El Shorbagy, ranked 17 in the world, took the early lead - but 22-year-old Momen fought back to move two-games-to-one ahead.

 

The youngster dug deep, however – determined to win his first Tour trophy.  El Shorbagy drew level and, after 74 minutes, finally closed out the match against the world No26, winning 11-7, 3-11, 8-11, 11-8, 11-8 to record his historic success.

 

The triumph marks the latest chapter in El Shorbagy's already distinguished career, which includes winning the world junior title twice and reaching the quarter-finals of the World Open as a 17-year-old qualifier.  The UK-based University student made his debut in the PSA world top 20 last May and at the end of the year was honoured with the PSA Young Player of the Year Award.

 

The final of the $8,000 Women's WISPA Indian Challenger No5 not only produced a sensational local success, but again the maiden Tour title of her career for Dipika Pallikal.

 

The No4 seed from Chennai faced Emma Beddoes, the second seed from England.

 

But, boosted by her dismissal of top seed Malaysian Sharon Wee in the previous round, Pallikal battled determinedly for 55 minutes to overcome Beddoes 11-9, 11-8, 9-11, 11-6 and celebrate her second appearance in a WISPA Tour final with her maiden win.

 

El Shorbagy Shelves Saurav's Home Town Dream In Kolkata

 

Egyptian teenager Mohamed El Shorbagy ended the dream run of local hero Saurav Ghosal in the semi-finals of the Men's Indian Challenger No7 to set up a surprise all-Egyptian final of the $50,000 PSA World Tour squash event at The Calcutta Racket Club in Kolkata.

 

Ghosal, the seventh seed who was born in Kolkata, achieved a career-best win 24 hours earlier when he ousted top seed Adrian Grant, the world No13 from England.

 

The 23-year-old dominated the first game, producing winners against a tentative El Shorbagy, the No3 seed.  Ghosal, enjoying his best international ranking at 29 – the highest-ranked Indian of all-time - looked to be at ease with his all-court game and led the second game 7-4 against the 19-year-old.

 

Things turned the other way thereafter as El Shorbagy turned to his front game and successfully finished a series of returns to make it 7-10 before levelling the match.

 

Playing in his first semi-final of a five-star PSA Tour event, Ghosal started feeling the heat of El Shorbagy’s command on the front-court game - which came at its best in the third game, won by the Egyptian for the loss of just three points.

 

The home hero, who had a record of winning both his matches in the previous two meetings against the Egyptian, was back in contention in the fourth game, managing an 8-4 lead.  But repeating his move in the second game, El Shorbagy showed why he is the world No17 as he won five consecutive points to make it 9-8. 

 

Ghosal salvaged a match ball and earned two game balls as the game slipped into a tie-break.  But El Shorbagy held his nerve to produce successive winners to clinch the match 5-11, 11-9, 11-3, 14-12 in 58 minutes.

 

Now in his third PSA Tour final, El Shorbagy will be hoping that it will be 'third time lucky' as he bids to win his maiden Tour title.

 

His opponent also produced an upset to earn his place in the climax:  Tarek Momen, the No7 seed from Cairo, overcame a single game deficit to beat second-seeded Australian Cameron Pilley 11-13, 11-9, 11-6, 11-6 in just a minute longer. 

 

Like his fellow countryman, Momen is also hoping to make his Tour title breakthrough after finishing as runner-up in three previous finals.

 

Dipika Pallikal carried Indian hopes in the $8,000 Women's WISPA Indian Challenger No5 after beating top-seeded Malaysian Sharon Wee.  The 18-year-old No4 seed from Chennai recovered from a game down to defeat Wee, ranked eight places higher in the world, 8-11, 12-10, 11-6, 11-9.

 

Pallikal’s doubles partner Joshna Chinappa was not so fortunate, crashing out of the event 11-7, 11-4, 11-8 in only 28 minutes to Emma Beddoes, the second seed from England.

 

Beddoes, the world No34 from Nottingham, is celebrating her eighth WISPA Tour final and looking for her fourth win – while Pallikal is marking her second final appearance, with sights on her maiden title success.

 

Ghosal Rises To The Early Challenge In Kolkata

 

India's Saurav Ghosal marked a successful return to the city of his birth when he beat Australian Aaron Frankcomb in straight games in the first round of the Men's Indian Challenger No7, the $50,000 PSA World Tour squash event at The Calcutta Racket Club in Kolkata.

 

It took the country's 23-year-old national champion just 42 minutes to win 11-4, 11-6, 11-5 and book a berth in the quarter-finals – Frankcomb simply having no answers to his winners and precise drop-shots.

 

The first game was just a mere formality as Frankcomb was all at sea, adjusting to the pace and bounce of the court before committing plenty of unforced errors.  The world number 43 from Hobart did put up a fight in the second game to take a 4-2 lead.  But the Australian squandered the advantage, while Ghosal lifted his game during crucial periods to pile on the agony.

 

However, Ghosal’s real test lies in the next round when he locks horns with top seed Adrian Grant, the Englishman who beat fellow countryman Chris Simpson 11-7, 9-11, 11-3, 11-7 in 60 minutes.

 

"I need to play much better than how I did today," explained Ghosal.  "It’s important not to let Adrian gain his rhythm.  I will have to create a structure that puts Adrian out of his comfort zone," he stressed.

 

Second seed Cameron Pilley eased into the last eight with an 11-6, 7-11, 11-8, 11-6 win over Malaysian qualifier Mohd Nafiizwan Adnan.  The Australian will now face England's sixth seed Jonathan Kemp.

 

There was a sole upset in the Women's $8,000 WISPA Indian Challenger No5 when unseeded Swiss player Gaby Schmohl defeated local hope Anwesha Reddy, the No8 seed from Chennai, 2-11, 11-4, 11-7, 11-2.

 

But both local favourites Joshna Chinappa and Dipika Pallikal had easy rides in the first round.  Pallikal, the 18-year-old fourth seed from Chennai, made short work of England’s Zephanie Curgenven, brushing her aside 11-3, 11-2, 12-10 in just 24 minutes.

 

Third seed Chinappa, the reigning Indian women's national champion from Chennai, had a minor hiccup in the second game, but went on to beat Australian Maggy Marshall 11-6, 9-11, 11-3, 11-6.