Ghosal downs world no.8 to reach China Open quarters

Ghosal fought back to beat his Colombian rival 11-9, 8-11, 8-11, 11-9, 11-5 in the opening round of the event.

Published: 02nd September 2016 12:08 PM  |   Last Updated: 02nd September 2016 12:09 PM   |  A+A-


SHANGHAI: India's Saurav Ghosal upset world number 8 Miguel Rodriguez of Colombia to advance to the quarterfinals of the PSA China Open here.     

Ghosal fought back to beat his Colombian rival 11-9, 8-11, 8-11, 11-9, 11-5 in the opening round of the USD 100,000 men's event yesterday.

The world number 21 from India had also defeated Rodriguez in Bogota last year.

The unseeded Ghosal plays sixth seed Karim Abdel Gawad of Egypt later today.

In the USD 70,000 women's event, Joshna Chinappa entered the quarterfinals with a 8-11, 11-8, 11-4, 11-7 win over Egyptian qualifier, while teammate Dipika Pallikal lost to third seed, another Egyptian Nouran Gohar, in straight games.

Chinappa, who is back in the top-10 in the latest world rankings, faces top seed Laura Massaro of England in the last eight match later today.

Chinappa is the second Indian to break the top-10 barrier after Pallikal, who is currently ranked 19th.

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