Saurav Ghosal kept Indian hopes alive after the second seed dished out a fighting 11-7, 13-11, 9-11, 9-11, 11-9 victory over fourth seed Mazen Hesham of Egypt in the JSW Indian Squash Circuit semi-final at the Cricket Club of India's squash courts on Saturday.
Saurav Ghosal returns to Egypt's Mazen Hesham during the Indian Squash Circuit semi-final at Cricket Club of India on Saturday
In today's final, Ghosal will take on top seed Spain's Borja Golan, who was leading 11-7, 10-8 after his opponent Shaun Le Roux conceded the match due to a muscle pull in the other semi-final.
Ghosal called the shots in the first game, wrapping up the contest 11-7 with relative ease. However, Ghosal seemed to lose his control a bit in the second game.
Unforced errors from Ghosal gave the Egyptian 8-5 lead before the Indian ace fought back to equalise 11-11. Riding on the momentum, Ghosal clinched two consecutive points to take a 2-0 lead.
Ghosal allowed Hesham to claw back into the contest as the Egyptian capitalised on his chances to win the third game 11-9.
Both players adopted an aggressive approach in the fourth game, but it was Hesham, who emerged victorious to take the match into the decider.
Crowd cheers for Ghosal
Tied at 5-5, the crowd rallied behind Ghosal as both players fought hard for every point. The see-saw battle finally ended after Ghosal went all out in the end to take the deciding set 11-9.
Ghosal was surprised by Hesham's fight back. "I didn't expect him to win two consecutive games. Some of his shots were brilliant and that surprised me," said Ghosal.
Meanwhile, Le Roux suffered an on-court collision with his semi-final opponent Spain's Golan which forced him to retire.