Chinappa upsets Pallikal to win Chicago Open

New Delhi: India`s Joshna Chinappa scored an
upset 3-2 victory over compatriot Dipika Pallikal to win the
Metrosquash Windy City Open title in Chicago.

Fourth seeded Chinappa, ranked 35th in the world, won
11-4, 6-11, 12-10, 2-11, 11-6 against another Indian Pallikal,
seeded second, in the USD 8,000 WISPA World tour event.

Both the Indians were neck on neck throughout the tie and
matched each other in execution of shots and dead drops for

But Chinappa was able to hold her nerves better and the
third game which she won in deuce put pressure on her higher
ranked opponent.

In the semifinals, Chennai girl Chinappa, ranked 24th in
the world, had defeated top seed Ireland`s Aisling Blake 7-11,
11-5, 5-11, 11-8, 6-11 in 59 minutes.

Pallikal, who recently became the highest ranked Indian
in the world, advanced to the summit clash after her opponent
USA`s Latasha Khan retired in the fifth game.

Both were locked 2-2 (5-11 11-6 8-11 12-10) after the
fourth game.


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