Ghosal makes first round exit in El Gouna Squash Open

New Delhi: The Indian challenge in the inaugural edition of El Gouna International Squash Open came to an end after national champion Saura Ghosal went down fighting to Gregory Gaultier of France in the first round of the PSA Super Series event in Alexandria, Egypt.

World No 26 and the country`s top ranked player, Ghosal lost 5-11 6-11 2-11 to fourth seed Frenchman in 45 minutes in the USD 142,500 event at the Alexandria Sporting Club last night.

The 24-year-old racqueter Ghosal was featuring in his first tournament after the Commonwealth Games here. The unseeded Kolkata player had a rather disappointing outing at the October 3-14 event where he lost to England`s Peter Barker in the pre-quarter finals of the men`s singles event.

The El Gouna championship is the seventh 2010 PSA Super Series event and the second this year to be staged in Egypt.