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Top-Seeded Malaysians Conquered In Kolkata

20 Mar 2009

The top two seeds Ong Beng Hee and Mohd Azlan Iskandar crashed out of the PSA Indian Challenger No2 today as third seed Adrian Grant and fourth seed Hisham Mohd Ashour secured surprise places in the final of the $30,000 3-star PSA Tour squash event at The Calcutta Racket Club in Kolkata, India.

Malaysian favourite Ong Beng Hee led by two games and had a pair of match-balls in the third against Egyptian Hisham Mohd Ashour. But the 26-year-old world No29 from Cairo kept his focus to record a sensational 6-11, 5-11, 12-10, 11-2, 12-10 upset after 58 minutes.

The win takes Ashour into his sixth Tour final - where he will face England left-hander Adrian Grant, the world No13 from London.

Grant overcame a first game deficit to defeat second seed Iskandar, also from Malaysia, 11-13, 11-4, 11-5, 11-5 in 75 minutes. The result brings to an end a four match winning sequence by the Malaysian over the Londoner.

Grant is celebrating the 23rd Tour final appearance of his career - and his third this year.

Semi-finals:
[4] Hisham Mohd Ashour (EGY) bt [1] Ong Beng Hee (MAS) 6-11, 5-11, 12-10, 11-2, 12-10 (58m)
[3] Adrian Grant (ENG) bt [2] Mohd Azlan Iskandar (MAS) 11-13, 11-4, 11-5, 11-5 (75m)