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Saurav Ghosal (right) in action against Simon Rösner

Canary Wharf RD2: Ghosal Surprises Rösner To Advance

India’s Saurav Ghosal is through to the quarter-finals of the St. James’s Place Canary Wharf Classic after overcoming World No.7 Simon Rösner in an hour-long battle at East Wintergarden.

The Indian No.1 came out firing, and he held the momentum through the middle part of the first game, before he caught the German on his follow-through at 9-5. After a ten-minute blood injury delay, Rösner came back onto court and won five of the next six points, including saving four game balls.

However, it would be Ghosal that took the game, but the German Tree-Chopper fought his way back into the match, restoring parity in the contest by winning the second, despite the Indian saving a game ball in the process.

It would eventually be the ‘Mongoose’ that took the win, only his third over Rösner on the PSA World Tour, as he moves through to the quarter-finals of the PSA Gold tournament in London, where he will face World No.1 Mohamed ElShorbagy on Wednesday.

“I think it was a culmination of a couple of things. I was 9-5 up, the momentum was with me, and especially when you are playing Simon, it is so difficult to get that against him because he has such good power and a great touch art the front of the court,” Ghosal said.

“He stepped up and played some really good stuff but I am glad that I was able to finally win it because I think on the balance of play that I deserved to win it. Beating a player of that quality, in the form that he is in right now, is a really good win for me!”

“At this level, the margins are so tight. I played him in New York a couple of months back. He was doing a lot of the stuff in the front of the court and he has been playing so well. We grew up together in the juniors and he is one of those players who totally deserves to be where he is at.”

Saurav Ghosal (IND) bt [5] Simon Rösner (GER) 2-1: 13-11, 7-11, 11-4 (61m)

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