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Saurav Stretches Ong Beng Hee In Kolkata Challenger

19 Mar 2009

Top seed Ong Beng Hee was taken the full distance in today's quarter-finals of the PSA Indian Challenger No2 before beating local hero Saurav Ghosal in a 73-minute marathon in the $30,000 3-star PSA Tour squash event at The Calcutta Racket Club in Kolkata, India.

The Kolkata-born sixth seed twice led Beng Hee - and took the world No11, ranked 23 places higher, to a tie-break in the fourth game before the favourite finally emerged victorious, winning 3-11, 11-8, 8-11, 12-10, 11-6.

Ong Beng Hee, who like Ghosal is UK-based, will now face Hisham Mohd Ashour after the fourth seed beat fellow Egyptian Mohammed Abbas 11-5, 11-3, 11-8 in just 28 minutes.

The other semi-final will also feature Malaysian interest after second seed Mohd Azlan Iskandar played just a game and a half before Australian opponent Aaron Frankcomb retired injured, with the score standing at 11-6, 6-1.

Iskandar will meet third seed Adrian Grant, who recovered from a game down to beat Egypt's No8 seed Amr Swelim 3-11, 11-8, 11-7, 11-4.

Quarter-finals:
[1] Ong Beng Hee (MAS) bt [6] Saurav Ghosal (IND) 3-11, 11-8, 8-11, 12-10, 11-6 (73m)
[4] Hisham Mohd Ashour (EGY) bt [5] Mohammed Abbas (EGY) 11-5, 11-3, 11-8 (28m)
[3] Adrian Grant (ENG) bt [8] Amr Swelim (EGY) 3-11, 11-8, 11-7, 11-4 (66m)
[2] Mohd Azlan Iskandar (MAS) bt [7] Aaron Frankcomb (AUS) 11-6, 6-1 ret. (21m)