Kolkata International 2008 (3-8 Feb 2008)

Pakistan’s Mansoor Zaman claimed one of the most important triumphs of his career when he upset second-seeded Asian rival Ong Beng Hee in the final of the Kolkata International in India to win the 3-star PSA Tour event at the Calcutta Rackets Club in Kolkata. It was the pair’s 13th senior clash since contesting the Asian Junior Championships final in Beng Hee’s home country Malaysia in 1999 – with the Malaysian boasting a 9-3 head-to-head advantage before their first confrontation on Indian soil. Seeded five, Zaman overcame cousin and former Pakistan number one Shahid Zaman in the quarter-finals before upsetting Egypt’s rising star Omar Mosaad, the No3 seed, in the semis. Zaman raced to a two-game lead over Ong Beng Hee, ranked 18 in the world, in the Kolkata final.  Though the Malaysian came back to take the third game, Zaman stuck to his game-plan and went on to win 11-8, 11-7, 4-11, 11-8 in 54 minutes. It was not only Zaman’s first ever PSA Tour win over Beng Hee, but his first title win from such a low seeding for more than six years.  The win takes his Tour title tally to six.

Final:  
[5] Mansoor Zaman (PAK) bt [2] Ong Beng Hee (MAS)11-8, 11-7, 4-11, 11-8 (54m)   

Semi-finals: 
[5] Mansoor Zaman (PAK) bt [3] Omar Mosaad (EGY) 11-5, 4-11, 7-11, 11-7, 11-9 (45m) 
[2] Ong Beng Hee (MAS) bt [6] Omar Abdel Aziz (EGY) 11-8, 9-11, 6-11, 11-8, 11-4 (70m) 
  
Quarter-final: 
[5] Mansoor Zaman (PAK) bt Shahid Zaman (PAK) 5-11, 11-6, 11-8, 11-6 (40m) 
[3] Omar Mosaad (EGY) bt [7] Saurav Ghosal (IND) 11-8, 4-11, 11-9, 11-1 (38m) 
[6] Omar Abdel Aziz (EGY) bt [4] Aamir Atlas Khan (PAK) 6-11, 11-3, 7-11, 11-1, 11-7 (68m) 
[2] Ong Beng Hee (MAS) bt [8] Farhan Mehboob (PAK) 11-10 (2-0), 11-9, 11-4 (54m)  

1st round: 
Shahid Zaman (PAK) bt [1] Mohd Azlan Iskandar (MAS) 11-3, 11-9, 3-11, 11-6 (38m) 
[5] Mansoor Zaman (PAK) bt [Q] Jethro Binns (WAL) 11-10 (2-0), 11-9, 10-11 (3-5), 11-8 (54m) 
[3] Omar Mosaad (EGY) bt [Q] Gaurav Nandrajog (IND) 11-8, 11-7, 11-9 (26m) 
[7] Saurav Ghosal (IND) bt [Q] Mohamed El Shorbagy (EGY) 10-11(0-2),11-6,11-10(2-0),11-7 (55m) 
[6] Omar Abdel Aziz (EGY) bt [Q] Rob Sutherland (WAL) 11-7, 11-7, 7-11, 11-5 (34m) 
[4] Aamir Atlas Khan (PAK) bt Ritwik Bhattacharya (IND) 11-8, 11-7, 11-6 (33m) 
[8] Farhan Mehboob (PAK) bt Siddharth Suchde (IND) 11-4, 11-5, 11-6 (34m) 
[2] Ong Beng Hee (MAS) bt Amr Mansi (EGY) 11-7, 11-8, 11-2 (29m)  

Qualifying - Round 2                                                    
Mohd El Shorbagy {EGY} beat Naresh Kumar {IND}  11-10 {2-0} 11-2 11-9 {27m}              
Jethro Binns {WAL} beat Mohamed Elkeiy {EGY}  11-5 11-5 11-7 {24m}                         
Gaurav Nandrajog {IND} beat Jonas Laursen {DEN}  11-5 11-3 11-7 {23m}                      
Rob Sutherland {WAL} beat Lukas Jelinek {CZE}  11-7 11-9 11-2 {29m}                         

Qualifying - Round 1                                                       
Naresh Kumar {IND} beat Ravi Dixit {IND}  11-7 11-6 11-9 {23m}                                
Mohamed Elkeiy {EGY} beat Balamurugan {IND}  11-4 11-6 11-3 {21m}                             
Jethro Binns {WAL} beat Navin Samarasinghe {SRI}  11-4 11-5 11-7 {24m}                        
Gaurav Nandrajog {IND} beat Karan Malik {IND}  11-0 11-2 11-7 {16m}                           
Jonas Laursen {DEN} beat Duncan Walsh {ENG}  6-11 11-10 {2-0} 8-11 11-6 11-10 {5-3} {55m}     
Lukas Jelinek {CZE} beat Ramit Tandon {IND}  6-11 11-5 11-10 {2-0} 11-3 {34m}    

       
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About Cyrus Poncha
I was born and lived in Bombay before moving to Chennai in 2001 to coach the Indian national squash team....what a journey its been!!

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