VEDANTA INDIAN SQUASH OPEN 2018

Saurav Ghosal
INDIA

World Ranking:16
World Series Ranking:25
Birthplace:Kolkata, India

 
Saurav Ghosal became the first Indian player to claim a place in the world’s top 20 in February 2013 and has continued to be his country’s leading squash player.

Ghosal, from Kolkata, won his first PSA World Tour title at the Otters Open in August 2006.
He also became the first Indian ever to reach the quarter-finals at the World Championship in 2013, narrowly losing out to Ramy Ashour.
 
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Nicolas Mueller
SWITZERLAND (SUI)

World Ranking: 23
World Series Ranking: 31
Birthplace: Winterthur, Switzerland

 
Nicolas Mueller is the only Swiss player to have broken into the top twenty in the world rankings, achieving the feat in 2012.

Since joining the PSA in 2005, Mueller has gone on to establish himself as Switzerland’s greatest player.
He won his first PSA World Tour title at the Russian Opportunities Fund Championships in 2008.

2011 was a good year for Mueller and the Swiss star had a number of high finishes in high-profile events, including a semi-final place at the Rocky Mountain Open in March and a quarter-final finish at a PSA World Series event, the Qatar Classic, which saw him awarded with the 2011 PSA Young Player of the Year.
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Greg Lobban
SCOTLAND

World Ranking: 31
World Series Ranking: 25
Birthplace: Inverness, Scotland

 
Inverness-born Greg Lobban is one of Scotland’s best current players on the PSA World Tour.

He first showed his mettle at the 2012 IMET Open, claiming the title after being seeded eighth for the tournament.

Lobban broke the world’s top 100 in March 2013 and his fifth PSA World Tour title came at the Steel City Open, beating George Parker in the final.

It was in his home-country of Scotland that Lobban lifted his first PSA M10 crown when he beat Joel Hinds in the final in April 2015.

 
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Omar Abdel Meguid
EGYPT

World Ranking: 34
World Series Ranking: 36
Birthplace: Egypt

 
Omar Abdel Meguid has built up a decent tally of PSA World Tour title since joining the tour at 17 years of age.

Meguid captured his first title at the Prague Squash Open in 2008 and followed that up with a win in Russia a year later at the Saint-Petersburg Open.

The Egyptian claimed his first PSA M5 title at the Kean Delft Open in November 2011 final and followed that up with a maiden PSA M10 crown during the Atlanta Open where he defeated compatriot Andrew Wagih Shoukry in the final.

 
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Karim Ali Fathi
EGYPT

World Ranking: 35
World Series Ranking: 29
Birthplace: Cairo, Egypt

 
A promising Egyptian, Karim Ali Fathi has an extensive number of PSA World Tour titles to his name.

The first of those titles came at the Rocafort Open in 2012 where a dogged performance against top seed Julien Balbo meant that unseeded Fathi opened his account in superb style.

He went on to win four more titles in 2012 alone with the last of those coming at the London Open in November, again after the Egyptian had started the tournament unseeded.

 
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Lucas Serme
FRANCE

World Ranking: 41
World Series Ranking: 25
Birthplace: Créteil, France

 
Lucas Serme has made fine progress on the World Rankings in recent years and is the brother of 2015 British Open winner Camille Serme.

The Frenchman claimed his maiden PSA World Tour title at the Imet Open in 2010 but would have to wait three years for his next one where he took the Open du Gard crown on home-soil.

Further triumphs came at the Swiss Open and Rochester ProAm later that year before he lifted his fifth title at the Australian Open with a superb defeat of Kristian Frost Olesen in the showpiece event in March 2014.

 
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Chris Simpson
ENGLAND

World Ranking: 44
World Series Ranking: 29
Birthplace: Guernsey, UK

 
Chris Simpson earned his first PSA World Tour title in 2008 at the Taiwan Open and followed that up with a victory at the Edmonton Open in December of that year.

The next few years saw Simpson prove to be prolific, with wins at the Bankers Hall Club Pro-Am in both 2011 and 2012 serving as valuable additions to his repertoire.

He celebrated a successful 2013, emerging victorious at both the Nottingham Open and the Jersey Classic. He also narrowly missed out on winning the London Open at the end of the year.

 
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Nathan Lake
ENGLAND

World Ranking: 47
World Series Ranking: 45
Birthplace: Cheltenham, England

 
Nathan Lake joined the PSA World Tour in 2010.

In his first season on the PSA World Tour the Englishman reached the semi-finals of the Progetto 6 Open, where he was defeated in straight games by Abdullah Al Muzayen.

Lake was then forced to wait until 2013 for his next semi-final appearance, this time at the Nottingham Open where he lost to fellow Englishman Declan James over four games, these finishes saw Lake break into the World’s top 100 for the first time in his career that year.

 
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Mazen Gamal
EGYPT

World Ranking: 51
Birthplace: RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA

 
Mazen Gamal joined the PSA World Tour in 2008 and won back-to-back Tour titles the following year at the International Fajr No. 1 and International Narooz.

The following year Gamal claimed two more titles with a victory over David Vidal at the PSA Magdalena Squash Open and a win over four games against Charles Sharpes at the Petersburg Squash Cup. Gamal saw out the year with a runner-up finish at the Greek Open, where he lost out to Jens Schoor in straight games.

The Egyptian’s next title then did not come until five years later when he won the Gauteng Open in 2015 after a gruelling five-game encounter with Angus Gillams. Gamal then got the better of Gillams once more when he claimed silverware at the Western Province Open.

 
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Harinder Pal Singh Sandhu
INDIA

World Ranking: 52
World Series Ranking: 36
Birthplace: Chandigarh, India

 
Harinder Pal Singh Sandhu has proved himself as something of a specialist when it comes to events in his home country of India.

Sandhu lifted his first two PSA World Tour titles at the Indian Challenger series in 2009 but would face a five year wait for his next titles which came at the Indian Circuit.

2014 was also the year that he helped India to a gold medal at the Asian Games.

 
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Eain Yow Ng
MALAYSIA

World Ranking: 54
Birthplace: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

 
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Mahesh Mangaonkar
INDIA

World Ranking: 73
Birthplace: Mumbai, India

 
Mahesh Mangaonkar joined the PSA World Tour in 2009 but had to wait for three years before claiming his first title.

It came at the Prague Open at the expense of Lucas Serme in the final and the Indian would go on to claim back-to-back wins over Greg Lobban in the final of the IMET Open and the Open du Gard in 2013 and 2014, respectively.

He helped India to a gold medal at the 2014 Asian Games in October 2014 and claimed victory at the Indian Circuit 2 later that month.

 
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