Ghosal wins thriller to make squash final

Bogota (Colombia), Aug 8 (IANS) India’s top squash professional Saurav Ghosal recorded one of the biggest wins of his career, beating top seed and home favourite Miguel Rodriguez of Colombia in a five-game semi-final thriller here to reach the final of the Albierto Colombiano squash tournament.

Ghosal, who had come to Colombia nearly a week ago to adapt, and this included sparring with local hero Miguel, virtually left the local crowd speechless with his gritty show on Friday.

The Indian led by two games and then saw that advantage nullified by the World No.4. In the deciding fifth game, Ghosal was down 7-10, but staged a dramatic recovery as he reeled away five points in a row for a sensational win in 101 minutes. The scoreline read 11-8, 12-10, 7-11, 4-11, 12-10.

“I am delighted to have won today,” said the sixth seeded Ghosal and India’s national champion on the unbelievable success. “I guess it required a special match and performance to beat Miguel.”

On a day when things went topsy-turvy for the seeded players, the other semi-final also produced an unlikely winner in qualifier Alferdo Avila of Mexico who sent out second seed Peter Barker of England in five games.

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