first_img(Reopens SPB2) (Reopens SPB2) “I think I had the upper hand till the third game,” Sandhu said after his loss. “The first game is crucial. I was up 6-2 in the third, then I lost my consistency there. Mazen drew level and he got the confidence. He went for all the attacking shots and got everything,” he added. World no. 15 Saurav Ghosal of India expectedly won his first round encounter against countryman Kush Kumar in straight games, winning 11-2, 15-13, 11-4 in 39 minutes. Ghosal dominated at the start, closing out a quick first game from the middle, 11-2. But Kumar came back with a plan in the second, mixing up shots to send Ghosal scrambling. He settled into a better accuracy that forced several key errors from Ghosal, who otherwise played a tight game throughout. But the extra time spent chasing extra points in the second cost Kumar in the third. Kumar seemed to tire, and many of Ghosals shots came from his opponents unforced errors, sending the match his way. “Im happy to have won,” eight-time national champion Ghosal said. “I played Kush two months back in Nationals and it was a really hard 3-1 win. I think I played better today. Its good to start the tournament with a 3-0 win. The second game was tight. Full credit to Kush, he fought really well and had some good counterattacks. All in all a good days work,? he added. PTI SSR RSY BS AT BASlast_img

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