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India’s Saurav Ghosal (front) produced an outstanding performance to beat Alister Walker of Botswana 11-7, 11-5, 7-11, 11-7. - Photo copyright PSA
PETALING JAYA: Malaysia’s interest in the Men’s World Championship ended after Ong Beng Hee and Mohd Nafiizwan Adnan failed to upstage higher ranked opponents in the second round in Manchester on Tuesday.
It was a case of one Egyptian too many for the 33-year-old Beng Hee.
After needing five sets to dispose off Karim Abdel Gawad in the first round, national champion Beng Hee found towering world No. 10 Omar Mosaad too big a hurdle, going down 5-11, 4-11, 11-13 in 44 minutes.
“He (Omar) just played extremely well,” said Beng Hee.
“I thought I played well ... otherwise I would have lost in 20 minutes. But I’ll meet him again soon in the Qatar Classic (Nov 8-15) ... maybe it’ll be third time lucky for me.”
National No. 2 Nafiizwan gave a good fight before going down 9-11, 3-11, 11-9, 6-11 to world No. 13 Cameron Pilley.
Nafiizwan, who also had a gruelling first round match, was definitely tired and Pilley seized the early initiative.
The Terengganu-born player, however, did well to snatch the third set to give himself some hope.
Pilley, however, sealed the fourth set and the match in 80 minutes.
“I knew he had a hard game in the first round so I thought if I could get him to have a few extra miles in his legs, it could get him to a point where his movement gets laboured,” explained Pilley.
The Australian No. 1 will meet world No. 1 and defending champion Ramy Ashour in the third round.
Ashour barely broke sweat as he ended the gallant run of compatriot and world No. 111 Fares Dessouki 11-6, 11-6, 11-4.
Meanwhile, India’s Saurav Ghosal kept Asia’s interest alive with an outstanding performance to beat 15th seed Alister Walker of Botswana 11-7, 11-5, 7-11, 11-7 in 55 minutes.
“I’m happy to win today and I felt that I certainly played well in the first two games,” said world No. 17 Ghosal.
“I’m not playing well just for myself. It’s for the rest of India as well and, hopefully, my results will help popularise the sport back home and maybe one day we’ll have 15 Indian players in the main draw of the world meet.”
Ghosal faces another unseeded player – Henrik Mustonen of Finland– for a place in the quarter-finals.
Mustonen earned a lucky break after Malaysian Open champion Peter Barker of England retired with an injury while leading 11-2, 11-4, 6-11.
Home favourites Nick Matthew and James Willstrop cruised into the third round with straight-set wins.
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