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India serves up a Danish delight

Sixth seeded India moved into the quarterfinals of the men's World team squash championship with a runaway 2-0 win against giant-killers Denmark, here Wednesday to set up a clash with fourth-ranked Australia.

other Updated: Aug 25, 2011 23:09 IST

Sixth seeded India moved into the quarterfinals of the men's World team squash championship with a runaway 2-0 win against giant-killers Denmark, here Wednesday to set up a clash with fourth-ranked Australia.

It is only the second time in the past three decades that India has reached this stage. The last time was in 2005 when the event was played at the Indian Squash Academy in Chennai.

Harinder Pal Singh Sandhu led the Indian challenge by winning the first match against Morten Sorensen 11-6, 11-1, 11-8 in 29 minutes.

Harinder dominated the match, moving Sorensen at will. The Dane certainly looked to be in some discomfort after his marathon match the previous night when his team shocked Pakistan. However, Harinder kept his focus and maintained pressure to win convincingly, dropping only 15 points.

National champion Saurav Ghosal then confirmed India's place in the quarterfinals when he won a hard-fought second singles against Kristian Frost Olesen 11-6, 11-5, 9-11, 11-9 in 66 minutes.

With India taking an unbeatable 2-0 lead, the third singles between Siddharth Suchde and Ramus Nielsen was not played.