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Ghosal Goes For World Junior Gold

16 Aug 2004

India's Saurav Ghosal has been selected as top seed in the Men's World Junior Championship which takes place in Islamabad, Pakistan, from 17-22 August.

The 18-year-old from Chennai was the surprise winner of the British Junior Open title in January - and, if successful in Islamabad, would become the first Indian winner of the World Junior crown since the inaugural biennial event in 1980.

Ghosal is expected to face Pakistan's 3/4 seed Farhan Mehboob, the Asian Junior Champion, in the semi-finals, en-route to a meeting with No2 seed Khalid Atlas Khan, also from Pakistan, in the final.

The line-up of the last 32, according to the seedings, is expected to be:

[1] Saurav Ghosal (IND) v [17/32] Mohd Adnan (MAS)
[9/16] Basit Ashfaq (PAK) v [17/32] Michael Auer (CAN)
[9/16] Andrew Budd (AUS) v [17/32] Jens Schoor (GER)
[5/8] Tom Richards (ENG) v [17/32] Dick Lau (HKG)
[5/8] Ramy Ashour (EGY) v [17/32] Steven Robinson (AUS)
[9/16] James Wright (ENG) v [17/32] Arturo Salazar (MEX)
[9/16] Christopher Gordon (USA) v [17/32] Sebastian Weenink (NED)
[3/4] Farhan Mehboob (PAK) v [17/32] Muhammad Azfar Azan (MAS)
[3/4] Mahmoud Adel (EGY) v [17/32] Ahmed El Swaify (EGY)
[9/16] Campbell Grayson (NZL) v [17/32] Kristen Johnson (SCO)
[9/16] Simon Rosner (GER) v [17/32] Lewys Hurst (WAL)
[5/8] Yasir Butt (PAK) v [17/32] Ali B Al-Ramzi (KUW)
[5/8] Chris Simpson (ENG) v [17/32] Vikas Jangra (IND)
[9/16] Mohamed Anwar (EGY) v [17/32] Kevin Brechbuhl (SUI)
[9/16] Robin Clarke (CAN) v [17/32] Tarek Momen (EGY)
[2] Khalid Atlas Khan (PAK) v [17/32] Craig Heath (ZIM)