Mumbai :  Qualifier Ali Farag of Egypt shocked top seed Saurav Ghosal of India in a 3-2 first round thriller to give the main draw an explosive start, in the 2nd CCI PSA International Squash Championship, at the CCI on Thursday.

Farag systematically overwhelmed the World No. 16 ranked Indian 10-12, 11-7, 7-11, 11-8, 11-4.

The win was the Egyptian’s first ever over Ghosal. Farag ignored the 1-2 deficit after dropping the first and third sets. He launched a late recovery with some memorable shots as he forced the decider in which Ghosal committed a slew of errors. Those blemishes by Ghosal gave Farag 10-3 lead before a verdict that disappointed the favourite and the packed gallery.

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