First, he needed to finish the rescheduled semi-final with home favourite Kamran Khan, whose contributed injury forced the match to be postponed, then he beat fellow non-seed Harinderpal Sandhu in straight games 11/6, 11/5, 11/5 to claim the title.
Sandhu on standby for final opponent in KL
It was Harinderpal Sandhu who won the all-Indian first semi-final in KL, beating Ravi Dixit in straight games.
He won’t know his opponent until Sunday though, when the match between Kamran Khan and Nasir Iqbal was interrupted due to a ‘contributed injury’ to Khan, and the match will be resumed tomorrow.
Indian finalist guaranteed in KL
If we thought the upsets were at an end, think again, the quarter-finals saw just one of the seeds progress to the last four, ans a guaranteed Indian finalist.
Qualifier Ravi Dixit lost the first two games to top seed Abdullah Al Mezayen, but after taking the third and leading 3/0 in the fourth the Indian accepted his opponent’s hand in retirement.
Harinderpal Sandhu ended the run of lucky loser Sanjay Singh in four games to set up an all-Indian semi-final.
Fourth seed Kamran Khan ensured home interest in the semis as he beat English qualifier Nathan Lake in straight games, but his expected all-Malayasian semi-final won’t be, after young Pakistani Nasir Iqbal beat Muhd Asraf Azan, who won the ProSquash Kansai in Japan last week, in straight games.