As we reach the end of another season, the PSA’s Matt Coles has been talking to the stars of the PSA World Tour about their 2018/19 campaigns. Here he catches up with World No.10 Saurav Ghosal.
Having been in the top 30 in the World Rankings for almost a decade, Saurav Ghosal has finally breached the top ten, as he finishes the 2018-2019 season at World No.10.
The Indian reached the mark in April, and has stayed there since, and he admits that he wishes it could have happened sooner.
“Making the top ten has been a goal of mine for a very long time. I wish I had gotten there sooner but better late than never!” Ghosal exclaimed.
“I felt a multitude of emotions when I made top ten. There was happiness, a sense of relief, pride, and a determination to do more!”
As well as making the top ten of the World Rankings, Ghosal has made the quarter finals of several major events.
The Indian reached the last eight at the Channel VAS Championships, Black Ball Open, CCI International, World championships, Grasshopper Cup and Macau Open.
With all these results, along with victory at the Asian Championships, Ghosal believes that the 2018-2019 season was his best to date.
“I feel my performance levels were on an improvement on previous seasons. I am happy that the work I put in paid dividends,” he admitted.
“Overall, I am happy with making the top 10 and also winning the Asian Championships for the first time. However, there is a lot more to achieve. So, hopefully the 2019/20 season will be even better!”
Ghosal after winning the Kolkata International
Along with those quarter final appearances, Ghosal was victorious in his home country. The Indian won the Kolkata International in November, beating Zahed Salem in the final.
That 3-2 victory over the Egyptian earned Ghosal his ninth title on the PSA World Tour, and he said that the atmosphere was special.
“There is a sense of comfort of playing at home. There’s no travelling, sleep on my own bed, eat home food, see familiar faces everyday and of course, play on a court that I have known for so very long,” the Indian explained.
“The people who come to watch me play and create a brilliant atmosphere all add up to make playing at home super special.”
After a break to recharge over the summer, Ghosal is back in training for the new season, and his goals are relatively simple.
“Win a platinum event and make the top five [in the World Rankings].”
Keep a look out for the next player’s review of the 2018-19 season in the coming days, as England No.1 Sarah-Jane Perry reviews her campaign.