The 3-0 result that world No 3 Karim Darwish had in his favour against Omar Mosaad in the final of the Kolkata international PSA squash championships at the Calcutta Racket Club on Sunday did not quite reflect how competitive the match was.
A battle of 91 grueling minutes for a straight-set win was a reflection of how the two Egyptians fought for each and every point. Mosaad, currently ranked 17th in the world, had lost in the semi-finals two years back here and was not overwhelmed by playing someone ranked 14 places above him. He looked composed and kept anticipating Darwish's angles extremely well.
The 12-10 scorelines of the first two games showed how Mosaad kept breathing down the neck of Darwish. But then Darwish came out on top at crucial points of the game. This was coupled by some poor shots by Mosaad after dictating a rally. On the other hand there were hardly any unforced errors by Darwish.
"I am recovering from a hamstring injury and so I wanted to come here and win so that I can take a few points. It would help my ranking," said Darwish, who had lost in five sets to Mosaad the last time they played which was in April 2010 at the Heliopolis Open.