Chennai: World number 31, Joshna Chinappa beat
higher seeded Rebeca Chiu of Hong Kong 3-1 to help India top
Group-B with a clean slate and set up a clash against Korea in
the semifinal of the team events of the Asian Squash
Championship in progress here.
Chinappa thus avenged her loss to Chiu loss in the
individual event a few days ago. She won 11-4, 11-7, 4-11,
11-7 in 25 minutes.
Chinappa was at her best today and able to play her shots
much deeper. She was deceptive in her shots close to the front
wall. Chinappa also succeeeded in her retrivals and some of
her picks of returns were unbelievable. Chiu on her part, was
under tremendous pressure after trailing 0-2.
Dipika Pallikal then defeated Annie Au 11-6, 11-4,11-8 in
33 minutes. Anaka Alakamony fought gallantly before going
down to highly ranked Joey Chan at 11-3, 6-11,8-11, 5-11 in 35
Indian women, who have lost to Hong Kong in the last
edition, has a fair chance of making the final. Korea is
sixth seeded here and the hosts women have a better rating
than their rivals.
However, with world number one, Nicol David staying back
to help Malaysia to retain the title, it is difficult for the
other continental teams to beat them, as Nicol would be ably
assisted by Delia Arnold and Low Wee Wern. Malaysia take on
Hong Kong in the semifinal tomorrow.
Indian men spearheaded by Saurav Ghosal made sure of their
progress to the last four. India, after defeating China 2-0 in
their last league match this morning, beat a fighting Korea
with an identical margin in the quarterfinal in the evening.
Ghosal contained the challenge of Korea?s top player, Max
Lee 11-7, 12-10, 11-6 in 35 minutes after Harinder Pal Singh
Sandhu put India in the lead with a clear 14-12, 11-2,11-7 win
over Dick Lau.
Earlier in the morning, Ghosal did not exert much
beating Wang Junjie 11-4, 11-4, 11-5 and Sandhu got the
better of Shen Jiaqi 13-11,11-4, 11-9.
India has a tough task ahead in their semifinal against
defending champions Malaysia tomorrow, while Pakistan take on
Kuwait in the other match.