Indian Open 2018

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Vedanta Indian Open 2018
06-11 Feb, Mumbai, India, $35k

11-Feb, Final:
  [1] Saurav Ghosal (Ind) 3-2 [2] Nicolas Mueller (Sui)
                11/9, 5/11, 6/11, 11/7, 12/10 (67m)

Saurav scores again in Mumbai

Top seed Saurav Ghosal became the inaugural Vedanta Indian Open Champion as he beat second seeded Nicolas Mueller in a five game final in Mumbai.

It was a ridiculous match," Said Ghosal, who also won the last major PSA event india, the CII International.

"Nici has been playing well, I have been watching him all week and he was unbelievable. Today he played so so well if I was off my plan A even for 5 % he was taking advantage.

 I was 2-1 down and I had to come out in the 4th and said to myself I dont think I played so badly, he played the crucial points better than me in the middle of the games

"I was down all the way through the fifth. You go through periods in the match when your paying a tough match and thankfully for me it happened at that point when I really needed it because he was playing so well. I had to do something special for it to happen.

I dont think either of us deserved to lose, but sport is like this, Nicolas has had a really good run and hes going to take confidence from this."


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Indian Open 2018
06-11 Feb, Mumbai, India, $35k
Round One
08 Feb 
09 Feb
10 Feb
11 Frb
[1] Saurav Ghosal (Ind)
11/3, 11/4, 11/6 (44m)
[Q] Karim El Hammany (Egy)
[1] Saurav Ghosal

11/8, 11/6, 11/7 (37m)

[5] Karim Ali Fathi
[1] Saurav Ghosal

11/8, 13/11, 11/6 (54m)

[3] Greg Lobban

[1] Saurav Ghosal


11/9, 5/11, 6/11, 11/7, 12/10 (67m)


[2] Nicolas Mueller

[5] Karim Ali Fathi (Egy)
11/5, 13/11, 11/9 (42m)
Eain Yow Ng (Mas)
[8] Nathan Lake (Eng)
11/7, 12/10, 5/11, 11/8 (51m)
Harinderpal Sandhu (Ind)
Harinderpal Sandhu

9/11, 11/5, 11/9, 11/7

[3] Greg Lobban
[3] Greg Lobban (Sco)
13/11, 11/6, 11/9 (37m)
[Q] Addeen Idrakie (Mas)
[Q] Rex Hedrick (Aus)
11/9, 13/11, 10/12, 11/7 (72m)
[4] Omar Abdel Meguid (Egy)
[4] Omar Abdel Meguid

17/15, 11/8, 12/10 (59m)

[7] Chris Simpson
[7] Chris Simpson

9/11, 11/6, 13/11, 11/4 (54m)

[2] Nicolas Mueller

Mazen Gamal (Egy)
8/11, 11/9, 11/9, 9/11, 11/3 (80m)
[7] Chris Simpson (Eng)
[wc] Mahesh Mangaonkar (Ind)
11/6, 12/10, 11/8 (50m)
[6] Lucas Serme (Fra)
[wc] Mahesh Mangaonkar

11/9, 5/11, 11/9, 11/9 [49m)

[2] Nicolas Mueller
[Q] Ammar Altamimi (Kuw)
11/9, 7/11, 11/4, 11/7 (34m)
[2] Nicolas Mueller (Sui)
Qualifying, 06-07 Feb:

Rex Hedrick (Aus) 3-1 Shehab Essam (Egy)                      11-7, 11-3, 8-11, 11-1
Addeen Idrakie (Mas) 3-0 Auguste Dussourd (Fra)                     11-7, 11-8, 11-9 (43m)
Ammar Altamimi (Kuw) 3-0 Abhay Singh (Ind)                           11-7, 11-7, 11-4 (26m)
Karim El Hammamy (Egy) 3-1 Chi Him Wong (Hkg)            11-8, 13-15, 11-7, 11-7 (62m)

Round One:
Rex Hedrick (Aus) 3-0 Ashish Keskar (Ind)                                11-2, 11-1, 11-4 (20m)
Shehab Essam (Egy) 3-0 Guhan Senthilkumar (Ind)                     11-1, 11-5, 11-8 (34m)
Addeen Idrakie (Mas) 3-0 Aadit Zaveri (Ind)                             12-10, 11-2, 11-3 (30m)
Auguste Dussourd (Fra) 3-2 Aditya Jagtap (Ind)        8-11, 13-15, 11-7, 11-9, 11-8 (83m)
Ammar Altamimi (Kuw) 3-0 Robert Downer (Eng)                          11-7, 11-5, 11-9 (36m)
Abhay Singh (Ind) 3-1 Mohammad Almasoud (Kuw)              11-6, 11-6, 5-11, 11-2 (40m)
Chi Him Wong (Hkg) 3-0 Ravi Dixit (Ind)                                     11-3, 11-4, 11-4 (20m)
Karim El Hammamy (Egy) 3-1 Sandeep Ramachandran (Ind)  11-4, 6-11, 11-4, 11-3 (37m)

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10-Feb, Semis:
Top seeds through to Mumbai final

The final of the Indian Open will be contested by top seeds Saurav Ghosal and Nicolas Mueller, after semi-final victories in Mumbai.

Home favourite Ghosal dismissed third seeded Scotsman Greg Lobban in straight games.

"It was tough match," said Ghosal, "Gregs a very accomplished player. He had an injury last year and hes done very well post injury, so congratulations to him because its not not easy to come back and play so well so quickly.

"I had a certain plan, I watched a little bit of the way he played against Harry yesterday and I executed that plan and again think most of the part I was able to do that. There are still places where I think could have done a bit better, but thats also credit to Greg, he is a good player and puts you under pressure.

"It's difficult, but winning 3-0 against someone of the pedigree of Greg is good result any day of the week and so I take that and hopefully play well tomorrow."

Mueller came from a game down to beat fourth seeded Englishman Chris Simpson.

"It was a very tough match," said Mueller. "I was one down and then won the second, I think the third game was crucial, I managed to win that one saving a couple of game balls. I had a good start in the fourth which was important, a good lead that makes a difference."

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09-Feb, Quarters:
Ghosal carries home hopes into Mumbai semis

Of the three Indians who started today's quarter-finals in Mumbai, only top seed and tournament favourite Saurav Ghosal remains.

Ghosal beat Egypt's Karim Ali Fathi in straight games to set up a semi-final with Scot Greg Lobban, who came from a game down to end the run of Harinderpal Sandhu.

"Last year I lost to Fathi so I knew it was going to be a hard match and I had to be very precise on what I wanted to do," said Ghosal. "Overall I did what I wanted to do, I adapted well to what I was keeping yesterday, and I'am happy to win this game last time.

Lobban said:  "That was a very tough match, especially with the pressure of coming back. Harry is a very tricky player and can get easy points very quickly. The last time Harry won 3-0 so I am happy today that tables turned."

Second seed Nicolas Mueller beat Mahesh Mangaonkar in four games - all three of his wins finishing 11/9 - and in the semis he'll meet England's Chris Simpson, who made it a bad day for Egypt as he won three close games to put out fourth seed Omar Abdel Meguid.

"It was a good match," siad Mueller. "It's always tough to play the local boy and Mahesh had a good win yesterday and was very confident. He was good and I was down in the fourth like 7-2, 7-3 and it is always nice to come back and end up winning as it gives you confidence for the next match."

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