Mahesh Marches Into Mumbai Quarters

Indian hopes in the inaugural CCI PSA Squash Challenger 15 in the country's biggest city Mumbai rest solely on the shoulders of Mahesh Mangaonkar after the 19-year-old despatched Jordanian Ahmad Al-Saraj in the opening round of the PSA World Tour Challenger 15 event at the Cricket Club of India.

"I'm happy to win 3-0," said the Mumbai-based teenager, ranked outside the world's top 100, after his 11-3, 11-6, 11-4 victory. "I was very focused today and played with the right game plan. Big for me tomorrow as I will play my first top 30 player Mohamed Ali Reda. I'm very excited to play him in front of my home crowd. Hopefully I will play well and win."

Second seed Mohd Ali Anwar Reda, the world No47 from Cairo, defeated Egyptian qualifier Ahmed Atef 11-3, 13-11, 11-4.

Unseeded Indian Harinder Pal Sandhu took the opening game against Omar Abdel Meguid - but the third-seeded Egyptian soon imposed himself on the match to secure his anticipated win by a 3-11, 11-2, 11-9, 12-10 margin.

"It was a good first match for me," said the 25-year-old from Giza. "Harry played really well in the first game and the crowd were cheering him off so that got me pumped and I started playing well in the next games. Hopefully I'll be playing better tomorrow."

Wildcard Ravi Dixit took Elvinn Keo the full distance, but the higher-ranked Malaysian ultimately won 11-5, 11-13, 11-2, 8-11, 11-7.

"Ravi showed a superb performance," said an event spokesman. "But he could have done better as he was leading 4-1 in the fifth. Unfortunately, Ravi made many unforced errors which gave Elvin an 8-7 lead and from there on Elvin managed to close it 11-8."

RESULTS: PSA CCI Challenger 15, Mumbai, India

1st round:
[1] Alan Clyne (SCO) bt Ammar Altamimi (KUW) 9-11, 11-9, 11-6, 12-10
Greg Lobban (SCO) bt [Q] Abhimanu Shah (IND) 11-3, 11-3, 11-6
Elvinn Keo (MAS) bt [WC] Ravi Dixit (IND) 11-5, 11-13, 11-2, 8-11, 11-7
[4] Mazen Hesham Ga Sabry (EGY) bt [Q] Gaurav Nandrajog (IND) 11-4, 11-4, 13-11
[3] Omar Abdel Meguid (EGY) bt Harinder Pal Sandhu (IND) 3-11, 11-2, 11-9, 12-10
Ivan Yuen (MAS) bt [Q] Adam Murrills (ENG) 11-5, 11-4, 11-9
Mahesh Mangaonkar (IND) bt Ahmad Al-Saraj (JOR) 11-3, 11-6, 11-4
[2] Mohd Ali Anwar Reda (EGY) bt [Q] Ahmed Atef (EGY) 11-3, 13-11, 11-4
 
Quarter-final line-up:
[1] Alan Clyne (SCO) v Greg Lobban (SCO)
[4] Mazen Hesham Ga Sabry (EGY) v Elvinn Keo (MAS)
[3] Omar Abdel Meguid (EGY) v Ivan Yuen (MAS)
[2] Mohd Ali Anwar Reda (EGY) v Mahesh Mangaonkar (IND)
 
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