Indian World No.20 Saurav Ghosal prevented a huge upset in round one of the 2016 Taeq SquashColombia PSA Open after he came through a highly-entertaining five-game battle against 19-year-old Peruvian World Junior Champion Diego Elias in Cartagena.
In a match that contained a veritable feast of sumptuous winners, high octane rallies and energy-sapping exchanges, Ghosal’s experience and superior fitness eventually made the difference as the 29-year-old took advantage of a tiring Elias to close out the win with an 11-9, 2-11, 5-11, 11-8, 11-6 margin of victory.
“To play against him is really hard so I tried today to play really well, especially in these conditions. I’m happy with my performance today. Maybe I could have focused more in the third game but I think that the key was that he changed his game a little bit in the third.
“I tried to come back again and I’m happy to win in three.”
Egypt’s Tarek Momen, meanwhile, has also seaeled his spot in the next round after coming back from a game down to defeat the tenacious Mexican Cesar Salazar.
An out of sorts Momen started the match slowly, with Salazar’s tactic of cutting the ball out early on the volley in the front of the court proving fruitful as the deceptive Mexican took an unlikely lead in game one. World No.11 Momen soon found his range though and pulled through to complete an 9-11, 11-9, 11-4, 11-7 victory.
“Today I was very focused and I knew that I was playing a very dangerous opponent,” said Momen.
“I wanted to get my revenge because last time we played, he beat me 3-0. I was tired but the only thing that kept me going towards the end was the fact that I knew that he was tired as well. I’m very glad I won today, it was a very good match and I hope I can feel better tomorrow.”
Australian No.1 Cameron Pilley has advanced to the last eight after he powered past South Africa’s Stephen Coppinger. Pilley was highly accurate throughout the 58-minute encounter and gradually upped his pace of attack, with his punishing drives enabling him to control the ’T’ after moving Coppinger into the back of court. The World No.14 will meet Momen for a place in the semi-final.
Results: 2016 Taeq SquashColombia PSA Open – First Round (Bottom Half)
 Tarek Momen (EGY) bt [Q] Cesar Salazar (MEX) 3-1: 9-11, 11-9, 11-4, 11-7 (69m)
 Cameron Pilley (AUS) bt Stephen Coppinger (RSA) 3-0: 11-7, 11-7, 11-3 (58m)
 Saurav Ghosal (IND) bt [Q] Diego Elias (PER) 3-2: 11-9, 2-11, 5-11, 11-8, 11-6 (90m)
 Omar Mosaad (EGY) bt [Q] Zahed Mohamed (EGY) 3-0: 11-4, 11-4, 13-11 (61m)
Draw: 2016 Taeq SquashColombia Open – Quarter-Final
 Mohamed Elshorbagy (EGY) v Tom Richards (ENG)
 Marwan Elshorbagy (EGY) v  Miguel Angel Rodriguez (COL)
 Tarek Momen (EGY) v  Cameron Pilley (AUS)
 Saurav Ghosal (IND) v  Omar Mosaad (EGY)
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