Indian women finish fifth at World Team Squash

Nimes (France): India finished a best-ever fifth by defeating Ireland 2-1 in the classification match of the WSF Women`s World Team Squash Championship here.

Egypt overcame top seeds England 2-1 in the final to emerge champions while Malaysia defeated Australia 3-0 in the 3-4 classification match Saturday.

The championship came to a magnificent conclusion for India when the 10th seeds India beat Ireland, the No. 7 seeds, to win the fifth place. It was the teams` second meeting in five days.

Joshna Chinappa put India in the driving seat by beating Aisling Blake 10-12, 11-8, 11-7, 11-9, but 13-time Irish champion Madeline Perry levelled matters by gaining a revenge win over Indian number one Dipika Pallikal 11-7, 11-5, 15-13.

It was down to teenager Anaka Alankamony to clinch victory for India when the 18-year-old from Chennai defeated experienced Laura Mylotte 11-8, 11-7, 11-8 in the decider.

"It`s been an amazing week and this is so good for India," said Alankamony.

"I played her before on the club courts and beat her, but I like playing on glass so I was confident of beating her again. I think this was a big advantage -- but my team is a big advantage too!"


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