India’s main squash gamers Saurav Ghosal and Joshna Chinappa tasted success of their first aggressive outing in six months, comprehensively profitable their opening matches on the CIB Egyptian Open right here.
Ghosal and Chinappa had been in Kolkata and Chennai respectively when the nation huge lockdown was enforced in March to comprise the COVID-19 outbreak.
World quantity 13 Ghosal beat 34th-ranked Englishman, Tom Richards, 11-9, 11-Four, 11-1 in a second spherical match.
World quantity 11 Chinappa dropped the primary sport towards Scotland’s Lisa Aitken earlier than discovering her rhythm for a 7-11, 11-Four, 11-Three, 11-6 win.
Each Ghosal and Chinappa had obtained a bye within the first spherical. They subsequent play on Tuesday.
“It was good to be again taking part in once more. My primary sport was okay, however I used to be not sharp sufficient and I used to be opening the courtroom after I was going quick, and he took full benefit of it,” Ghosal informed the match web site.
“I used to be nonetheless a couple of factors forward, so it gave me a little bit of a psychological cushion as he all the time needed to catch up. From the second on, I used to be extra incisive, my size obtained higher and he couldn’t hearth as a lot as he wished.”
Attributable to restricted journey connectivity from India amid the pandemic, Ghosal could be staying again in Egypt forward of the Qatar Basic starting November 1. Chinappa would head again house after her Egyptian Open marketing campaign.