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06/07/2014
CCI INTERNATIONAL 2014
 

Qualifier Farag Takes Title At CCI In Mumbai

CCI International 2014
01-06 Jul, Mumbai, India, $25k
Round One
03 Jul 
Quarters
04 Jul
Semis
05 Jul
Final
06 Jul
[1] Saurav Ghosal (Ind)
10-12, 11-7, 7-11, 11-8, 11-4
[Q] Ali Farag (Egy)
Ali Farag
3-11, 8-11, 11-4, 11-5, 11-5
Kristian Frost
Ali Farag
11-7, 15-13, 10-12, 11-6
Zahed Mohamed
Ali Farag
11-7, 7-11, 5-11, 11-1, 11-9 
Nasir Iqbal
[8] Kristian Frost (Den)
11-4, 11-5, 11-5
Jens Schoor (Ger)
[6] Zahed Mohamed (Egy)
11-5, 8-11, 11-4, 12-10
Ammar Altamimi (Kuw)
Zahed Mohamed
11-6, 11-7, 2-11, 11-9
Harinderpal Sandhu
[4] Ali Anwar Reda (Egy)
8-11, 8-11, 12-10, 11-9, 11-9
[wc] Harinderpal Sandhu (Ind)
[Q] Shehab Essam Hosny (Egy)
11-1, 9-11, 12-10, 11-9
[3] Nasir Iqbal (Pak)
Nasir Iqbal
11-5, 11-8, 11-7
Jaymie Haycocks
Nasir Iqbal
11-8, 11-8, 11-13, 12-10
Mahesh Mangaonkar
[Q] Kush Kumar (Ind)
12-14, 13-11, 3-11, 11-4, 13-11
[5] Jaymie Haycocks (Eng)
Mahesh Mangaonkar (Ind)
11-9, 11-2, 10-12, 11-4
[7] Chris Gordon (Usa)
Mahesh Mangaonkar
 11-6, 11-7, 3-11, 12-10
Ong Beng Hee
[Q] Ramit Tandon (Ind)
11-7, 5-11, 11-5, 11-4
[2] Ong Beng Hee (Mas)

CCI PSA International Championship 2014 - Quarter-final Results

Qualifier Farag Takes Title At CCI In Mumbai

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Egyptian World No.192 Ali Farag (below left) capped a sensational week of squash in the Indian city of Mumbai by defeating Pakistan's number one player Nasir Iqbal (below right) in the final of the CCI PSA International Squash Championship earlier today.
 
Farag triumphed in the final of the International 25 competition courtesy of an impressive 3-2, 11-7, 7-11, 5-11, 11-1, 11-9 victory over high-flying World No.53 Iqbal to cap what has been a momentous week for the the 22-year-old from Cairo.
 
Having only earned his berth in the main draw courtesy of two hard-fought victories in qualification, Farag first stunned tournament favourite and World No.16 Saurav Ghosal in round one before defeating Kristian Frost Olesen and Zahed Mohamed, the tournament's number eight and six seeds, to set up a title-decider with number three seed Iqbal.
 
It was Farag who started brighter in the tournament decider but Iqbal, the 20-year-old from Peshawar, fought back to take a 2-1 lead as he looked to add to the FMC Pakistan International Circuit and Emerson Racquet Club Pro Series titles he won earlier this year. 
 
But Farag showed his composure to force the match into a dramatic decider before prevailing by the narrowest of margins, taking the crucial fifth game 11-9 to win his first PSA World Tour title since 2012.
 
“It was a very tough match,” said Farag in the wake of victory. 
 
“He came back by playing better and smarter especially in the fifth game and all I had to do was keep going.”
 
“It was a close match and anybody could have won,” said runner-up Iqbal. “As much I wanted to win the title, this tournament was very good for me.”
 

Qualifier Farag Books Final Berth At CCI In Mumbai

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Egyptian qualifier Ali Farag, the man who knocked tournament favourite Saurav Ghosal out of the competition in the opening round, booked his place in the final of the CCI PSA International Championship in Mumbai earlier today.
 
22-year-old Faraq continued his sensational form this week, following up his wins over Ghosal and number eight seed Kristian Frost Olesen by scalping compatriot and sixth seed Zahed Mohamed in a 56-minute 11-7, 15-13, 10-12, 11-6 win.
 
Faraq, who last reached a PSA Word Tour final in 2012, will face Pakistan's World No.53 Nasir Iqbal in tomorrow's final after the 20-year-old from Peshawar overcame a determined challenge from Indian No.2 and World No.75 Mahesh Mangaonkar to register an 11-8, 11-8, 11-13, 12-10 win in the second semi-final.
 
It promises to be an absorbing contest between the pairing, with Iqbal hoping to add to the FMC Pakistan International Circuit and Emerson Racquet Club Pro Series titles he has already secured so far on the PSA World Tour in 2014.
 
“It was a very tough match,” admitted Iqbal following his win over the local favourite. 
“Mahesh is in form, especially after beating (second seed) Ong Beng Hee in the quarter-finals. 
 
“I controlled the first two sets though I was loose in the third which gave him a chance to recover. I think in the end he tired out and that gave me a chance to come back and win it.”
 

Shocks Continue In Mumbai

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The shocks continued on the second day of action at the CCI PSA International Championship in Mumbai, as number two seed and World No.30 Ong Beng Hee crashed out to Indian Mahesh Mangaonkar, losing 3-1 to the World No.70.

Mangaonkar, the 20-year-old Mumbai native, put in an imperious performance to see off Beng Hee, the highest ranked Malaysian player in the world, to record an impressive 11-6, 11-7, 3-11, 12-10 victory in just 61-minutes.

That victory comes just one day after tournament favourite and World No.16 Saurav Ghosal lost a shock opening round encounter with Ali Faraq, the 22-year-old Egyptian qualifier who continued his giant-killing form today, rallying from 2-0 down to see of Danish World No.62 Kristian Frost Olesen 3-11, 8-11, 11-4, 11-5, 11-5.

Faraq will face compatriot Zahed Mohamed in the semi-final, after he fashioned a confident 3-1 win over Harinderpal Singh Sandhu of India, while the final semi-final berth is occupied by Nasir Iqbal of Pakistan who overcame fifth seed Jaymie Haycocks of England 11-5, 11-8, 11-7.

“I knew he’s a good player,” said Mohamed after his win. “He played really well in the third game and got me worried again in the fourth when he took that big lead. But I engaged him in long rallies and waited for him to make the mistakes.”