Sau­rav Ghosal bags sec­ond PSA World Tour ti­tle

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In­dia’s squash ace Sau­rav Ghosal picked up his sec­ond PSA World Tour ti­tle this year af­ter beat­ing sec­ond seed Za­hed Salem of Egypt in the fi­nal of the $30,000 Kolkata In­ter­na­tional PSA Chal­lenger.

Play­ing in front of a par­ti­san home crowd at the Cal­cutta Racket Club, world No. 11 Ghosal made a bril­liant start but lapsed into oc­ca­sional er­rors to be stretched by the world No. 27.

Ghosal, who beat for­mer World No. 1 Mar­wan El Shorbagy to tri­umph in a sim­i­lar World Tour event in Kolkata in 2015, proved his worth in a gru­elling match last­ing ■6 min­utes.

The 32­year­old In­dian won the first game 11­5 show­ing con­trol and ag­gres­sion against the 26year­old Egyp­tian, but failed to main­tain the mo­men­tum in the sec­ond, where the lat­ter pro­duced a num­ber of spec­tac­u­lar win­ners to make it 1­1 (■­11). Ghosal came back strongly in the third to win 11­■ (2­1), but squan­dered two cham­pi­onship points while lead­ing the fourth 10­■, from which po­si­tion Salem re­claimed the game (11­13) to make it 2­2.

Ghosal was back at his best in the de­cider, which he won 11­5 to se­cure his sec­ond PSA ti­tle af­ter the Vedanta In­dian Squash Open in Mum­bai in Fe­bru­ary.

AMITABHA DAS SHARMA

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