CCI PSA International $25k (1-6 Jul’14)

Egyptian World No.192 Ali Farag capped a sensational week of squash in Mumbai by defeating Pakistan’s number one player Nasir Iqbal in the final of the CCI PSA International Squash Championship.

Farag triumphed in the final of the International 25 competition courtesy of an impressive 3-2, 11-7, 7-11, 5-11, 11-1, 11-9 victory over high-flying World No.53 Iqbal to cap what has been a momentous week for the the 22-year-old from Cairo.

Having only earned his berth in the main draw courtesy of two hard-fought victories in qualification, Farag first stunned tournament favourite and World No.16 Saurav Ghosal in round one before defeating Kristian Frost Olesen and Zahed Mohamed, the tournament’s number eight and six seeds, to set up a title-decider with number three seed Iqbal.

Earlier, Mahesh Mangaonkar of India shocked second seed Ong Beng Hee of Malaysia 3-1 to storm into the semi-finals with a 11-6, 11-7, 3-11, 12-10 win over the former world No. 7 in a quarter-final contest that lasted 61 minutes.
In the quarterfinals, sixth seed Zahed Mohamed of Egypt fashioned a confident 3-1 win over Harinderpal Singh Sandhu who had upset the fourth seed Mohd. Ali Anwar Reda in the first round.

[Q] Ali Farag (EGY) bt [3] Nasir Iqbal (PAK) 3-2: 11-7, 7-11, 5-11, 11-1, 11-9 
Mahesh Mangaonkar (India) bt 2-Ong Beng Hee (Mal) 11-6, 11-7, 3-11, 12-10
Nasir Iqbal (Pak) bt 5-Jamie Haycocks (Eng) 11-5, 11-8, 11-7
6-Zahed Mohd (Egypt) bt Harinderpal Singh Sandhu (India) 11-6, 11-7, 2-11, 11-9
Ali Farag (Egypt) bt 8-Kristian Frost Olesen (Denmark) 3-11, 8-11, 11-4, 11-5, 11-5.
1st Round:
6-Zahed Mohd (Egypt) bt Ammar Altamimi (Kuwait) 11-5,8-11, 11-4, 12-10
8-Kristian Frost Olesen (Denmark) bt Jens Schoor (Ger) 11-4, 11-5, 11-5
5-Jamie Haycocks (Eng) bt Kush Kumar (India) 12-14, 13-11, 3-11, 11-4, 13-11
Nasir Iqbal (Pak) bt Shehab Essam Hosny (Egypt) 11-1, 9-11, 12-10, 11-9
Ali Farag (Egypt) bt Saurav Ghosal (India) 10-12, 11-7, 7-11, 11-8, 11-4
Harinderpal Singh Sandhu (Egypt) bt 4-Mohd. Ali Anwar Reda (Egypt) 8-11, 8-11, 12-10, 11-9,11-9
2-Ong Beng Hee (Malaysia) bt Ramit Tandon (India) 11-7, 5-11,11-5, 11-4
Mahesh Mangaonkar (India) bt 7-Christopher Gordon (US)11-9, 11-2, 10-12, 11-4.
Final Qualifying round:
Shehab Essam Hosny (Egypt) bt Sandeep Jangra (India) 11-9 11-6 11-8
Kush Kumar (India) bt Ravi Dixit (India) 11-4 11-1 11-5
Ramit Tandon (India) bt Vrishab Kotian (India) 8-11 11-1 11-2 11-3
Ali Farag (Egypt) bt Karim El Hammamy (Egypt) 11-4, 11-8, 11-5.
1st Qualifying Rd:
Kush Kumar (India) bt Karm Kumar (India) 11-7, 11-7, 11-5
Ravi Dixit (India) bt Vikas Jangra (India) 11-6, 11-7, 11-3
Sandeep Jangra (India) bt Arjun Agnihotri (India) 11-6, 11-2, 11-5
Ramit Tandon bt Abhimanyu Shah 11-4, 11-3, 11-3
Vrishab Kotian bt Abhinav Sinha 10-12, 11-8, 11-6, 11-9.


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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