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Saurav Ghosal of India (left) beat Finland's Henrik Mustonen in five sets in the third round on Wednesday in Manchester to become the first Indian player to reach the quarter-finals of the World Championships. - pic courtesy of PSA
PETALING JAYA: India’s Saurav Ghosal staged a sensational fightback to storm into the quarter-finals of the Men’s World Championships at the National Squash Centre in Manchester on Wednesday.
The world No.17 rallied from two sets down to beat Finland’s Henrik Mustonen 5-11, 8-11, 11-8, 11-4, 11-2 in 66 minutes to become the first ever Indian player to make the last eight at the world meet.
“Personally this is a massive achievement for me because it’s the first time I’ve made it to the quarter-finals of the world meet and it’s huge to be there with the world’s best players,” said the 27-year-old from Kolkata.
“I’ve made it one step further than I have before so I’m going to enjoy it.
“But I’m definitely coming back for the next match and hopefully I can play another good game to give myself another chance of progressing even further.”
Saurav however will have a massive task at hand as he takes on defending champion and world No.1 Ramy Ashour for a place in the semi-finals.
The talented Egyptian survived an incredible effort by Australian No.1 Cameron Pilley, recovering from losing the first set to notch a 9-11, 11-8, 11-4, 12-10 win in 62 minutes.
The biggest upset of the day however was made by England world No.14 Daryl Selby who eliminated world No.5 Karim Darwish of Egypt in an intense five-setter.
The 30-year-old Selby, who played a key role in leading England to the Men’s World Teams title back in June, put in an inspirational shift to beat Darwish 4-11, 11-9, 12-10, 8-11, 11-8 in 85 minutes.
“It’s my first quarter-final of a world championships and what better place than to do it in front of a home crowd,” said a jubilant Selby who has never gotten past the last 16 in six previous attempts since 2007.
“The crowd support really made a difference when it was real close in the fifth. I felt the energy and it pushed me through because I didn’t have much left at the end.”
Selby will face on-form world No.2 Gregory Gaultier of France, who defeated another Egyptian, Tarek Momen 11-5, 11-6, 11-6.
There will be more English interest as top duo Nick Matthew and James Willstrop both secured convincing wins over Egypt’s Omar Mosaad and Spain’s Borja Golan respectively.
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