New Delhi: Dipika Pallikal`s dream of winning the World Junior Squash Championship title went up in smoke after the Indian suffered a 13-15, 9-11, 9-11 defeat at the hands of fourth seed Nour El Tayeb of Egypt in semifinal at Cologne, Germany.
For the 18-year-old Dipika, who is currently ranked 40 in
WISPA, this was the last opportunity to clinch the title as
she turns 19 in September this year.
Dipika, who had comprehensively beaten another Egyptian
Kanzy El Dafrawy to enter the final-four, put up spirited
fight but failed to fetch some important points during the
semifinal match yesterday.
After winning the first game, Tayeb grew in confidence
and dismantled Dipika`s plan by showing maturity in shot
selection in the remainder of the match.
However, both Dipika and Tayeb often made good use of
their front court play.
Meanwhile, top seed Nour El Sherbini of Egypt went down
to American Amanda Sobhy 10-12, 12-14, 9-11 in the other
Dipika and Sherbini finished third and fourth
Another Indian Anaka Alankamony will play for the seventh
position, while Anwesha Reddy and Aparajitha Balamurukan will
take on each other for the 17th spot.