India’s top seeded squash player Saurav Ghosal advanced into the pre-quarterfinals of the PSA Men’s World Squash Championship with a comfortable victory over the seasoned Frenchman Lucas Serme at the Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex in Doha.
Tenth seeded Ghosal, who has earlier met the Frenchman only twice in his career, put up a stellar performance to outsmart Serme to book his place in the third round in just 33 minutes.
The first game was a little tight as Serme fought well. He did not allow a massive lead to his Indian opponent as he trailed only by a couple of points. However, Ghosal held his nerve and took the first game 11-8 eventually.
Once the first game went into the favour of Ghosal, it was a continuous downward slide for Serme from there on. Ghosal didn’t give him any opportunity and carried his momentum right through.
Ghoasal, after the match, insisted that it was important for him to keep the level of his performance up from the start to the end as he was up against an opponent of very high quality.
“It is the World Championships, so you are playing the best players in every single round. The depth in men’s squash today is unbelievable like you are seeing through this week. Everyone has to be focused from the first point. It is a tough sport so it is good to win 3-0.”, Ghosal was quoted saying in the post-match ceremony.
Before coming into the match against Serme, Ghoshal had to face a tough test against his compatriot Mahesh Mangaonkar in the first round. Mahesh put up a great fight against Ghoshal, but he couldn’t sustain it for a long time and went down 11-7, 11-7, 18-16 eventually.
Ghoshal will now face the Egyptian Mohamed El Shorbagy in the pre-quarter final round. Mohamed El Shorbagy is the no. 2 player in the world at the moment.