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Rosner rallies to win marathon in Manhattan

2014 J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions – Round 1, Day 2 Results
[3] Mohamed Elshorbagy (EGY) bt [WC] Todd Harrity (USA) 11-3, 12-10, 11-2
Tarek Momen (EGY) bt [Q] Omar Abdel Meguid (EGY) 11-5, 11-6, 11-8
Chris Simpson (ENG) bt [Q] Ali Farag (EGY)  9-11, 11-0, 12-10, 11-5
[8] Daryl Selby (ENG) v [Q] Adrian Waller (ENG)11-9, 11-7, 11-5
[5] Karim Darwish (EGY) bt Omar Mosaad (EGY)  6-11, 11-13, 11-7, 11-5, 11-9
Simon Rosner (GER) bt Saurav Ghosal (IND)  12-14, 16-14, 4-11, 11-9, 11-5
Alister Walker (BOT) bt Miguel Angel Rodriguez (COL)  13-11, 11-7, 18-16
[1] Gregory Gaultier (FRA) bt Tom Richards (ENG)  11-4, 11-8, 11-6


 Rosner rallies to win marathon in Manhattan

German squash star Simon Rosner survived an epic 100-minute encounter against Indian No.1 Saurav Ghosal during the second day of action at the J.P Morgan Tournament of Champions in New York.

16-14TC9101In a contest which saw both players give their all, Rosner twice came from behind to eventually triumph 12-14, 16-14, 4-11, 11-9, 11-5 and record his first ever PSA World Tour win over Ghosal.

“I knew it would be a really tough match,” said Rosner. “Saurav is a great player with lots of skill. Whenever we’ve played before the matches have always been very close.

“The first few games today were crazily intense and we both played some great squash. He played some unbelievable shots throughout the match so I’m just really happy to win.

“I ended 2013 on a high so hopefully I can continue to build on that now. I’ve got nothing to lose going into the next round so I’m going to enjoy it and give it my best.”

15-14TC8790Rosner will take on No.5 seed Karim Darwish in the second round on Monday after the Egyptian former World No.1 survived a similarly dramatic encounter against countryman Omar Mossad.

Former World No.1 Darwish was forced to dig deep and showed his championship pedigree, coming from 2-0 down to record a 3-2 victory in an 81-minute match-up.

“It was a very tough match, especially for a first round of an event,” said Darwish. “He’s is in the top ten but that is just a sign of how tough squash is right now.

12-14TC8168“I was 2-0 down but I told myself to relax and enjoy myself. I had to change a few things in my game and my tactics and thankfully I came back strongly and won.

“This tournament is a very special event in the PSA calendar. There are thousands of people passing by every day and it’s a great feeling to play here as a player and credit goes to John Nimick who runs the tournament for making it such a great event.”

Elsewhere England’s Chris Simpson recorded his first ever victory on the glass court at Grand Central, surviving an early scare against Egyptian qualifier Ali Farag to prevail 3-1 after losing the opening game.

04-14TC7050Farag was forced off court during the second game due to a facial injury suffered when Simpson accidentally caught him with his racquet and it proved a vital moment as the Englishman went on to win the game in emphatic fashion 11-0 before clinching the match.

“That was my first win on the glass court here which was very special for me and I thoroughly enjoyed it,” said Simpson.

“During the injury break I was telling myself to keep warm and keep focused. I felt that I had found a bit of a zone before it happened so I didn’t want momentum to shift and I managed to do come out with a good win.”

No.1 seed Gregory Gaultier and No.3 seed Mohamed Elshorbagy began their title campaigns with comfortable 3-0 victories over Tom Richards and Todd Harrity, respectively, while Tarek Momen, Daryl Selby and Alister Walker also booked their places in round two.


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