Joshna Chinappa leads India to semis

Updated: May 05, 2010, 20:36 PM IST

Chennai: Joshna Chinappa led Indian women
squad booked a semi final berth, winning both their matches in
the 15th Asian Senior Squash championship here today.

Indian men also clinched their first win in the three team
round robin league match, beating Japan 3-0 in Group-C.
The hosts highest rated player, Saurav Ghosal spearheaded
India’s win in straight games 11-9, 11-7, 11-6 in 27 minutes,
beating Shinosuke Tsukue, while Harinder Pal Singh saw off
Bumpei Kawano 11-6, 11-5, 11-6 in 29 minutes.

Ritwik Bhattacharya dropped a game before getting the better
of Takanori Shimizu 11-9, 12-14, 11-6, 11-7. With Japan
having completed their outings with a win and a loss in the
three team pool, India plays China tomorrow.

On the distaff side, Chinappa, Anaka Alankamony and Surbhi
Misra won their matches against their Sri Lankan rivals in the
morning. In the evening match, Chinappa disposed off China?s
top player Jiangli 11-5, 11-5. 11-3 in 18 minutes. Dipika
Pallikal made it 2-0 with an easy 11-4, 11-8, 11-2 win in 20
minutes over Xiu Chen and then Alankamony scored over Gu
Jinyue 11-4, 11-5, 11-9.

In the four team Group-B,both Hong Kong and Indian women
have won two matches each to make the semifinal would be
playing tomorrow to decide the group winners. China and Sri
Lanka have lost both their matches.

In three-team Group-A, defending women`s champions Malaysia
and Korea, both having won against Japan, would clash tomorrow
to decide the group leader.