WJM – Day 3

Vikram Malhotra is known for his flair and stylish play and when on song he plays absolutely brilliant squash. This is exactly what happened today in the pre-quarterfinal against the no. 2 seed and tournament favourite Mohd. El Shorbagy of Egypt. Vikram had Shorbagy on his back foot on several occasions, in fact Vikram had a 5-0 lead in the first game. Shorbagy know for his aggressive style of play did not relent and fought back to take the first game 9-7. Vikram continued with a game that comprised deception, floating lobs, medium paced drives and overhead smashes in to the front corners and every time when it appeared that Vikram was on his way to win the game, Shorbagy hung on to take it away from the grasp of Vikram. This happened in all the 3 games as Vikram went down fighting 9-7, 9-7, 9-7 34m. Earlier, in the round of 32, Vikram defeated Petrucci Camille from France fairly easily 9-3, 9-7, 9-1 35m while Aditya Jagtap who has had an impressive run so far and one who eligible for the World Juniors in 2 years could not match up with his more experienced opponent seeded 9/16 Herik Mustonen from Finland going down 0-9, 0-9, 6-9 in 32m.

The players have a few days off and are gearing up for the team championships which commences on august 2, 2008.

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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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