Golan causes upset in Punj Lloyd PSA Masters

New Delhi: World number 34 Borja Golan of Spain registered an upset victory over higher-ranked England`s Adrian Grant to advance to the second round of the Punj Lloyd PSA Masters, the final PSA World Series squash event of the year, on Monday.

Golan defeated the world ranked 18th Grant 12-10 11-6 11-4 in the first round of the USD 1,65,000 event at the Siri Fort Sports Complex.

The Spaniard kept the ball very tight throughout and did not allow the Englishman to come to the front of the glass court.

Other matches of the day, meanwhile, went on as expected with sixth seed Mohamed El Shorbagy of Egypt (world no 7) defeating Stephen Coppinger of South Africa 3-1 (11-7, 13-15, 11-6, 11-5), while eighth seed Laurens Jan Anjema of the Netherlands thrashing Mohd Ali Anwar Reda of Egypt 3-0 (11-7, 11-6, 11-9).

Ninth seed Omar Mossad of Egypt also managed to outplay Chris Ryder of England 3-1 (8-11, 11-3, 11-7, 11-9).

In the battle between Shorbagy and Coppinger, after one game all, the former upped the ante and started hitting the ball low to keep it tight.

Coppinger could not reach the ball and his unforced errors saw him losing the match.

In another contest, Anjema dominated the proceedings as he was in full control of the game and made his Egyptian rival move all over the court with his drops and cross-court shots.

Meanwhile, Mossad who beat Ryder in 50 minutes, lost the first game but came back strongly with more volleys. The 22-year-old Egyptian then cut the ball early, which helped him win three consecutive sets and move into the second round of the tournament.


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