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Squash: Suchude advances to Rhode Island Open quarters, Ghosal loses

November 21, 2009 15:52 IST

Unseeded Indian Siddharth Suchude moved into the quarterfinals of the Rhode Island Open squash tournament in the US, beating Malaysia's Muhd Asyraf Azan in a tough five-game affair.

However, it was curtains for ace players Saurav Ghosal and Dipika Pallikal in the Qatar Squash Classic Open in Doha after the duo made first round exits in the men's and women's event respectively.

Suchude, a Harvard graduate now based in the UK, had to overcome a stiff challenge from sixth seeded Azan but eventually came out victorious 12-10, 11-7, 7-11, 8-11, 11-6 in the pre-quarterfinals of the $10,000 event.

The 24-year-old from Mumbai will now face fourth seeded Liam Kenny of Ireland.

Meanwhile in the Qatar Squash Classic in Doha, both the qualifiers - Ghosal and Pallikal - failed to carry on their form and went down without a fight against their higher ranked opponents.

Ghosal was trounced by sixth seeded Englishman James Willstrop 10-12, 10-12, 4-11 in just 44 minutes in the $147,500 men's event while Pallikal, who went down 9-11, 5-11, 10-12, was no match for seventh seed Laura Massaro of England.

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