There was triple delight for home fans at the Vedanta Indian Squash Open in Mumbai as top seed Saurav Ghosal was joined by unseeded Harinder Pal Singh Sandhu and tournament Wildcard Mahesh Mangaonkar in securing a berth in the last eight of the PSA M35 event.
Mangaonkar impressed as he completed a straight games victory over Frenchman Lucas Serme to set up a quarter-final against second seed Nicolas Mueller to follow Ghosal’s comprehensive 3-0 win over Karim El Hammamy.
Sandhu then ensured there would be local interest in three off four quarter-final encounters as he came through a tough four game match with Nathan Lake, recovering from dropping the third game to take a tight fourth 11-8 and move into the last eight.
Results – First Round: Vedanta Indian Squash Open 2018
 Saurav Ghosal (IND) bt [Q] Karim El Hammamy (EGY) 3-0: 11-3, 11-4, 11-6 (44m)
 Karim Ali Fathi (EGY) bt Eain Yow Ng (MAS) 3-0: 11-5, 13-11, 11-9 (42m)
Harinder Pal Singh Sandhu (IND) bt  Nathan Lake (ENG) 3-1: 11-7, 12-10, 5-11, 11-8 (51m)
 Greg Lobban (SCO) bt [Q] Addeen Idrakie (MAS) 3-0: 13-11, 11-6, 11-9 (37m)
 Omar Abdel Meguid (EGY) bt [Q] Rex Hedrick (AUS) 3-1: 11-9, 13-11, 10-12, 11-7 (72m)
 Chris Simpson (ENG) bt Mazen Gamal (EGY) 3-2: 8-11, 11-9, 11-9, 9-11, 11-3 (80m)
[WC] Mahesh Mangaonkar (IND) bt  Lucas Serme (FRA) 3-0: 11-6 12-10, 11-8 (50m)
 Nicolas Mueller (SUI) bt [Q] Ammar Altamimi (KUW) 3-1: 11-9, 7-11, 11-4, 11-7 (34m)
Draw – Quarter-finals:
 Saurav Ghosal (IND) v  Karim Ali Fathi (EGY)
[WC] Harinder Pal Singh Sandhu (IND) v  Greg Lobban (SCO)
 Omar Abdel Meguid (EGY) v  Chris Simpson (ENG)
Mahesh Mangaonkar (IND) v  Nicolas Mueller (SUI)