London: Only Saurav Ghosal survived to reach the semi-final where both Mahesh Mangaonkar and Vikram Malhotra fell in the quarters late on Wednesday in the Wimbledon Club Squash Squared Open, a PSA event here.
The top seeded Ghosal was up against the English player Joe Lee and it took time for the Indian to get his game to work the way he wanted. Though he raced to early leads, Lee showed the pluck to fight back and forced the first game to extra points. Once Ghosal won that first game, things settled down better for the Indian. With better feel of the ball and showing the tactics in finding placements, Ghosal swiftly brought things his way to finish off winning 12-10, 11-5, 11-7.
Bur it was tough going for both Mahesh and Vikram. Mahesh faced the third seed Tom Richards of England and showed good fight to keep the scores moving neck and neck initially. But showing the diffidence at crucial moments, the Indian fell back and that proved dear. It proved a great match but only it was Tom who drew advantage when most required to win 11-9, 12-10, 11-7. For Vikram it was expected to be tough facing the second seed Nafizwan Adnan of Malaysia. Yet the Indian caught the eye with some great play as he had his higher ranked rival at the receiving end in the first game. But from 10-9, he slipped and the Malaysia drew away. The Malaysian eased to win the second game and even though Vikram took the third, it was Adnan in the final straights so to say to carve out a 12-10, 11-7, 8-11, 11-8 win.