The year has been a rollercoaster ride for Saurav Ghosal. The highest-ranked Indian in world squash traversed from the high of winning bronze at the 2010 Guangzhou Asian Games, to witnessing seeing a dip in ranking, and finally clawing his way back.
"I couldn't play for almost four months after getting injured during a tournament in April. My ranking dipped from 23 to outside top-30," said Ghosal, who was crowned the national champion, for the sixth successive time, last week. The title in Chennai has given him the confidence which he feels was lacking after the comeback. "I played in the World Open in October and two more tournaments after that. It took me time to regain my standing but I am hoping to finish the season on a high," said the 25-year-old, who is aiming to break into the top-20 next year.
Ghosal will face England's Peter Barker in the second round of the PSA Masters at the Siri Fort Sports Complex on Thursday.
Results: Mohamed El Shorbagy (EGY) bt B Golan (ESP) 3-1 (11-6, 11-8, 6-11, 11-7), Karim Darwish (EGY) bt Tom Richards (ENG) 3-0 (11-3, 11-4, 11-6), G Gaultier (FRA) bt Mohd Azlan Iskander (MAS) 3-0 (11-7, 11-6, 11-8). Laurens Jan Anjem (NED) bt Omar Mossad (EGY) 3-1 (11-4, 7-11, 11-7, 11-5).