Omar Mosaad (EGY) bt Saurav Ghosal (IND) 3-1: 13-15, 11-1, 11-7, 11-1 (50m)
2015 World Championship runner-up Omar Mosaad turned his second round encounter with Saurav Ghosal completely on its head to come from one-game down to defeat the Indian national champion in an emphatic performance that went a long way to underline his credentials as a genuine title contender for the 2016 Windy City Open crown.
It was Ghosal who got off to a flying start, playing with high energy and precision as he rocketed into a 5-1 lead in the opening game. Mosaad pushed hard and managed to get back on level terms and force a tie-break when he locked it up at 10-10 but it was Ghosal, courtesy of two tremendous winners, who eventually took it after 20 minutes of high quality, high-tempo play that looked to be ushering what would be a gruelling encounter.
But the powerful Egyptian, who standing almost 20cm taller than Indian at 193cm, turned the match on its head from the every first exchanges of the second as he totally dominated the play, stepping up in the court to attack and pressure Ghosal at every opportunity and he was level within four minutes, taking the second 11-1.
He continued to enjoy total control as he raced ahead 7-1 in the third before Ghosal staged a partial recovery but it wasn’t enough as he fell 2-1 behind.
High on confidence Mosaad surged ahead once again in the fourth, securing the match 3-1 after taking the last three games in the same space of time that Ghosal had taken the first.
With Ghosal regaining his composure in the match after a poor showing in the second game Mosaad managed to show impressive slight of hand to hit a delicate backhand reverse crosscourt kill from the front left hand corner to go 7-3 ahead and halt the Indian’s momentum, powering on to take the match for the loss of just five further points.
Shot of the Match
At 9-10 down in the first game Ghosal hit a truly sumptuous backhand crosscourt volley into the nick with precision to save the game, which he went on to take in what was a very promising start.
Omar Mosaad: “I missed my hammer in first game I think!
“Saurav played played very well in first game and he got me in trouble early on. I found myself struggling a little bit but I think I did well to refocus in the second and I’m very happy with the win.
“Every match in this tournament is important and I’m trying to be at 100 per cent every day. I started slow but managed to push and focus and I’m pleased and I’m looking forward to what should be a good match tomorrow.”