Saurav Ghosal (IND) 2-0 Charlie Lee (ENG) 12-10, 11-4 (31m)
Charlie will be kicking himself all the way back to Rob Owen I feel. First of all, when you make 6 unforced errors, your opponent have to score 5 points only. And when you are up 7/2, 8/6, 10/8, losing the game 12/10 is not the game plan you had in mind!
To be fair, it’s all credit to the Indian learning to dance under the rain, weather the Charlie’s storm, then finding his own rhythm on the court, taking control of the T and forcing the errors out of the English.
18m of hard work in the opener, and Saurav never looked back, 5/1, 9/3, 11/4 in 10m, again, far too many errors from Charlie to have much say on the game, 6m.
“First of all, we have to give credit to Charlie. He came out quick out of the blocks, let his arm go, and hit some very good shots, which I wasn’t reading.
“When I was down, I was just trying to find my way back onto the match, lengthen the rallies, and get good length and width as much as possible. Even if I did lose the first, i was going to make him work for it, thankfully I won it which is always a help so the second was better. It is good to get into the match and the tournament, so it is good to get through today!
“If I am playing, I want to play with the top guys, beat the top guys and play in the deep end of events. I am working hard to achieve that goal and that is the ambition, the goal. Mentally and physically, I want to push myself! I think when I was younger, I didn’t have as many matches as some of the other guys, which is an advantage for me now. i have to keep putting the work in, and doing the right things and the wins will come for me soon!”