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Mueller Upsets Home Hope Ghosal in CCI International Quarter-Finals


Swiss World No.34 Nicolas Mueller ended home representation in the 2016 CCI International JSW ISC event after fighting back from two games down to beat Indian No.1 Saurav Ghosal in the quarter-final stage of the PSA M50 tournament taking place in Mumbai.

Ghosal, who reached the final of this tournament last year, won the pair’s only previous meeting on the PSA World Tour back in 2009, and it was the Kolkata-born World No.21 who edged the opening two games 11-9 and 14-12 to take a two-game lead at the Cricket Club of India.

“I think Niki played really well, so congratulations to him,” said Ghosal.

“Niki’s best was better than me today. I wasn’t able to keep the intensity that I would have liked to have kept, and that could be because of the level of the game he raised to.

“Of course it is really disappointing and this year unfortunately it hasn’t gone the way I wanted it to go. I wish Niki all the best for the rest of the event.”

But a resurgent Mueller battled back from a hand injury sustained towards the end of the second game to halve the deficit in the third for the loss of two points. The 27-year-old then carried his momentum forward to complete a superb comeback, earning him a place in his first PSA M50 semi-final since 2012.

Mueller will go head-to-head with second seed Mohamed Abouelghar for a place in the final after Abouelghar overcame fellow Egyptian Mohamed Reda by a 3-1 margin of victory.

Meanwhile, top seed Fares Dessouky booked his place in the last four courtesy of a 3-1 win over Scotland’s Alan Clyne, with England’s Chris Simpson standing between him and a place in the final thanks to a victory in straight games over Frenchman Lucas Serme.

Results – Quarter-Finals: 2016 CCI International JSW ISC
[1] Fares Dessouky (EGY) bt [6] Alan Clyne (SCO) 3-1: 11-7, 11-8, 4-11, 11-5 (51m)
[3] Chris Simpson (ENG) bt [7] Lucas Serme (FRA) 3-0: 11-4, 11-6, 13-11 (58m)
[5] Nicolas Mueller (SUI) bt [4] Saurav Ghosal (IND) 3-2: 9-11, 12-14, 11-2, 11-9, 11-6 (80m)
[2] Mohamed Abouelghar (EGY) bt [8] Mohamed Reda (EGY) 3-1: 11-6, 10-12, 11-3, 11-6 (50m)

Draw – Semi-Finals
[1] Fares Dessouky (EGY) v [3] Chris Simpson (ENG)
[5] Nicolas Mueller (SUI) v [2] Mohamed Abouelghar (EGY)

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