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13/02/2012
WINDY CITY OPEN 2012
 

Ghosal Grabs Career-Best Windy City Win

Windy City Open 2012
07-12 Feb, Chicago, $25k
Round One
09 Feb
Quarters
10 Feb
Semis
11 Feb
Final
12 Feb
[1] Saurav Ghosal (Ind)
6/11, 8/11, 11/2, 11/6, 11/6 (76m)
Cesar Salazar (Mex)
Saurav Ghosal
5/11, 11/7, 11/4, 14/12
Olivier Pett
Saurav Ghosal
11-4, 11-5, 11-6
Alan Clyne
Saurav Ghosal
11-8, 15-13, 10-12,
11-5

Yasir Butt
Ong Beng Hee (Mas)
11/8, 11/6, 11/7 (39m)
[Q] Olivier Pett (Eng)
Ryan Cuskelly (Aus)
 11/6, 11/7, 11/8 (37m)
[Q] Chris Gordon (Usa)
Ryan Cuskelly
 8/11, 11/4, 13/11, 11/9
Alan Clyne
[Q] Matthew Karwalski (Aus)
11/13, 11/4, 13/11, 11/6 (52m)
[4] Alan Clyne (Sco)
[3] Ali Anwar Reda (Egy)
11/9, 11/3, 12/10  (34m)
Shahjahan Khan (Usa)
Ali Anwar Reda
 14/12, 2/11, 11/7, 11/8
Arturo Salazar
 Ali Anwar Reda
9-11, 11-2, 8-11, 12-10, 11-3
Yasir Butt
Martin Knight (Nzl)
6/11, 11/9, 11/3, 11/4 (44m)
Arturo Salazar (Mex)
Marwan El Shorbagy (Egy)
11/9, 11/9, 5/11, 11/5 (42m)
[Q] Yasir Butt (Pak)
Yasir Butt
 
11/7, 9/11, 11/9, 9/11, 11/9 (80m)
Shawn Delierre
Shawn Delierre (Can)
7/11, 11/8, 11/8, 11/7 (93m)
[2] Shahier Razik (Can)

Ghosal Grabs Career-Best Windy City Win

India's Saurav Ghosal celebrated the biggest PSA World Tour title win of his career at the METROsquash Windy City Open, the PSA International 25 squash event at the University Club of Chicago in Chicago, USA.

The top seed from Kolkata faced Pakistan qualifier Yasir Butt, a 23-year-old from Lahore whose giant-killing run in the event included the scalps of three higher-ranked opponents.

"Yasir came out firing, with precision short shots catching Saurav a little of guard, taking early leads in the first three games," explained tournament spokesman Yoni Ellous. "Saurav knuckled down in each with some phenomenal retrieving causing Yasir to get frustrated."

Ghosal recovered to win the first two games, but Butt reduced the deficit after the third.

The six-time Indian champion neutralised Butt from the start of the fourth, quickly establishing a 5-1 lead. The Pakistani was unable to close the gap as Ghosal powered on to secure his title-winning 11-8, 15-13, 10-12, 11-5 victory.

"Won 3-1 today!" tweeted the world No27 after the biggest win of his career. "Yasir was really good...he CAN play! Great final! I'm so happy to be the METRO WINDY CITY CHAMPION! Woohooo"

The success marks the fifth Tour title of Ghosal's career.

Butt Battles Into Windy City Open Final

Pakistan qualifier Yasir Butt continued his giant-killing run in the METROsquash Windy City Open when he beat third seed Mohd Ali Anwar Reda to reach the final of the PSA World Tour International 25 squash event at the University Club of Chicago in Chicago, USA.

The 23-year-old from Lahore saved two match balls in the fourth game before going on to defeat Egyptian Reda 9-11, 11-2, 8-11, 12-10, 11-3.

"Mohd hurt his hand in the beginning of the fifth and then seemed to lose his way," said tournament spokesman Yoni Ellous. "He never looked the same and Yasir never looked back, cruising to an easy close out in the fifth."

Butt, now in the tenth PSA Tour final of his career, will face top seed Saurav Ghosal. The six times Indian champion recorded his first straight games win in the event when he despatched Scotland's No4 seed Alan Clyne 11-4, 11-5, 11-6.

Ghosal, the world No27 from Kolkata, is celebrating his eighth Tour final.

Ghosal Punishes Pett In Chicago

Top seed Saurav Ghosal signalled the end of the road for title-holder Olivier Pett when he beat the English qualifier in four games in the quarter-finals of the METROsquash Windy City Open, the PSA World Tour International 25 squash event at the University Club of Chicago in Chicago, USA.

Ghosal, the world No27 from India, fought back from a game down to overcome Pett, ranked almost 40 places lower, 5-11, 11-7, 11-4, 14-12.

"Both played beautifully, moving the ball around well, attacking with precision and getting just about everything back," said tournament spokesman Yoni Ellous. "But in the end it was Saurav that managed to outlast Ollie to a standing ovation from the crowd."

Ghosal tweeted later: "Won 3-1 today! Pett played very well. Definitely one to look out for. Didn't realise he was defending champion! No wonder he pushed like mad!"

The six times Indian champion goes on to meet Scotland's Alan Clyne following the fourth seed's 8-11, 11-4, 13-11, 11-9 win over Australian Ryan Cuskelly.

But in the lower half of the draw, Pakistan qualifier Yasir Butt continued his giant-killing run in the event by upsetting Canada's Shawn Delierre 11-7, 9-11, 11-9, 9-11, 11-9.

The 23-year-old from Lahore will now face Egyptian Mohd Ali Anwar Reda. The No3 seed from Cairo ended Mexican interest in the event when he beat Arturo Salazar 12-14, 11-2, 11-7, 11-8.

"Arturo got the best of Mohd in the first game after a tie-breaker, only for Mohd to come out flying to take the second," explained Ellous. "Even though the third and fourth were evenly matched it was Mohd kicking into a higher gear at the end of each game."

Delierre Downs Razik To Lead Chicago Upsets

Shawn Delierre overcame second seed and fellow Canadian Shahier Razik in a 93-minute marathon to record the biggest upset on the opening day of the METROsquash Windy City Open, the PSA World Tour International 25 squash event at the University Club of Chicago in Chicago, USA.

In the longest match of the day, the world No56 recovered from a game down to topple Torontonian Razik, ranked 24 places higher, 7-11, 11-8, 11-8, 11-7.

The 29-year-old from Montreal will now face Yasir Butt after the Pakistan qualifier sprung a surprise by beating fast-rising Egyptian Marwan El Shorbagy 11-9, 11-9, 5-11, 11-5 in a fast attacking game.

Olivier Pett, the Englishman who progressed through the 2011 event to win the title as a qualifier, has continued his Chicago form this week.

The 23-year-old from Sussex again had to battle through the qualifiers - then faced higher-ranked Ong Beng Hee, the rejuvenated Malaysian who last month won the Motor City Open in Detroit.

Pett pulled out all the stops and put Beng Hee away, winning 11-8, 11-6, 11-7 in 39 minutes to secure a place in the last eight.

Another upset seemed on the cards when unseeded Mexican Cesar Salazar took a two-game lead over top seed Saurav Ghosal in a bid to join his twin brother Arturo Salazar in the quarter-finals.

But Indian star Ghosal, the world No27 from Kolkata, reclaimed the advantage to close out the match 6-11, 8-11, 11-2, 11-6, 11-6 after 76 minutes.

"Won 3-2 after being 2-0 down!!! Really glad to win that match," tweeted the UK-based 25-year-old. "Hopefully body will recover for my match tomorrow!"