Ghosal advances in British Open; Joshna bows out in Cairo

New Delhi: Ace Indian men’s squash player Saurav Ghosal sailed into the second round of the ROWE British Grand Prix in Manchester, beating Chris Ryder of England in four games.

Ghosal, seeded 14th in the USD 92,500 PSA Super Series event, defeated unseeded Ryder 11-6 11-4 9-11 11-8 in just 54 minutes at the National Squash Centre last night.

However, Ghosal’s compatriot Siddharth Suchde was shown the door in the qualifying round by local lad Chris Simpson, who defeated the Indian 11-8 11-8 11-4.

In an other development, Nick Matthew, the top-ranked Englishman who was hoping to reclaim his world number one status in the British Grand Prix, pulled out of the event today, less than two hours before his opening match because of illness.

“During my practice session yesterday afternoon, I felt strange - my heartbeat was going at about 200 beats a minute and by the time I got back to my hotel room I was really shivering,” Matthew told reporters in Manchester after seeing the EIS (English Institute of Sport) doctor.

“I woke in the middle of the night with a heavy fever and covered in sweat. I left it as long as I could today before making my decision, but the doctor has advised me not to play,” said the Yorkshireman.

Meanwhile, in the Egyptian capital Cairo India’s top ranked women’s player Joshna Chinappa lost to Australia’s Rachael Grinham in the semifinals of the El-Kersh Women’s Heliopolis Squash Open.

Third seeded Joshna lost to Grinham, accorded top billing in the USD 25,300 event, 1-11 7-11 5-11 in just 19 minutes at the Heliopolis Sporting Club.


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