Saurav Ghosal and Joshna Chinappa received their opening matches on the CIB Egyptian Open, their first aggressive outing in six months.
- Last Updated: October 12, 2020, 3:27 PM IST
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Cairo: India’s main squash gamers Saurav Ghosal and Joshna Chinappa tasted success in their first aggressive outing in six months, comprehensively profitable their opening matches on the CIB Egyptian Open right here. Ghosal and Chinappa have been in Kolkata and Chennai respectively when the nation extensive lockdown was enforced in March to include the COVID-19 outbreak.
World quantity 13 Ghosal beat 34th-ranked Englishman, Tom Richards, 11-9, 11-4, 11-1 in a second spherical match. World quantity 11 Chinappa dropped the primary sport in opposition to Scotland’s Lisa Aitken earlier than discovering her rhythm for a 7-11, 11-4, 11-3, 11-6 win.
Both Ghosal and Chinappa had obtained a bye in the primary spherical. They subsequent play on Tuesday. “It was good to be back playing again. My basic game was ok, but I was not sharp enough and I was opening the court when I was going short, and he took full advantage of it,” Ghosal informed the match web site.
“I was still a few points ahead, so it gave me a bit of a mental cushion as he always had to catch up. From the second on, I was more incisive, my length got better and he couldn’t fire as much as he wanted.” Due to restricted journey connectivity from India amid the pandemic, Ghosal can be staying again in Egypt forward of the Qatar Classic starting November 1. Chinappa would head again dwelling after her Egyptian Open marketing campaign.
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