Indian challenge ends in Hong Kong Squash Open

New Delhi: It was curtains for India in the
Hong Kong Squash Open after national champion Saurav Ghosal
went down fighting to world number three Egyptian Amr Shabana
in the first round men`s singles match of the USD 147,500 PSA
event at HK Squash Centre.

In the women`s section, country`s top ranked players
Joshna Chinappa and Dipika Pallikal too lost their respective
first round matches to crash out of the USD 74,000 WISPA World
Tour squash event.

The third seed from Cairo, looking for his sixth title in
a row, was stretched by the unseeded Indian but Amr held his
nerves to win in 53 minutes.

World ranked 26th Ghosal lost 12-14, 11-3, 8-11, 11-7, 3-11
in the decider of the PSA World Tour squash event - the fifth
PSA Super Series championship of the year in Hong Kong.

"That`s what it`s about, a win`s a win. He stepped up and
kept in front of me in the second, he had a game plan and
stuck to it. I lost my way in the fourth, and the fifth is
always anyone`s, you just hope to get a few points ahead at
the start and hang on to it," said the relieved 31-year-old

"I managed to do that, and he lost his way a bit at the
end," he added.

In the seventh WISPA Gold championship event of the year,
Chinappa after being a game up, went down to 10th seed and
world number 12 Engy Kheirallah of Egypt 11-9, 6-11, 4-11, 10-12
in 36 minutes.

Pallikal, earning a place in the main draw after winning
the qualifying finals, went down fighting to Vanessa Atkinson
of The Netherlands in the opening round.

India`s second ranked player Pallikal lost 9-11, 7-11, 11-6,
7-11 in 34 minutes.