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Pallikal, Chinappa bow out of World Squash Championship

India's top squash players Dipika Pallikal and Joshana Chinappa fought hard against higher-ranked opponents before losing their respective pre-quarterfinal in the World Championship here.

Pallikal, Chinappa bow out of World Squash Championship

Cairo: India's top squash players Dipika Pallikal and Joshana Chinappa fought hard against higher-ranked opponents before losing their respective pre-quarterfinal in the World Championship here.

World number 16 Pallikal showed promise against third-ranked Raneem El Welily of Egypt before going down 11-7 5-11 3-11 6-11 in 50 minutes in a match played Wednesday night.

22nd-ranked Chinappa got extremely close to the biggest win of her career against world number seven Low Wee Wern of Malaysia. The Indian earned the advantage of having a 2-1 lead in what turned out to be a long intense affair. However, Wee Wern made a decisive comeback in the next two games for a 6-11 11-3 11-13 11-7 11-8 win.

In other matches, England's defending champion Laura Massaro moved one step closer to a third successive appearance in the final of the premier event when she defeated Hong Kong's top-ranked player Annie Au.

But the world number two was pushed all the way in the first two games by Au, the ninth seed, before closing out the match 12-10 12-10 11-2 in 40 minutes.

"The two tie-breaks showed how tight it was," said Massaro. "It's the fifth time I've played her this year - I guess I'm getting to grips with what I've got to do."

The second seed will now line up against fifth-seeded Londoner Alison Waters, the England team-mate with whom she won the world team title last week in Canada.

Waters earned her place in the last eight after an 11-7 11-6 11-3 victory over compatriot Sarah-Jane Perry, the 15th seed who was also a member of the triumphant England team.

The other quarter-final clash will be an all-Egyptian affair El Welily, the third seed, and eighth seed Nour El Tayeb, also from Cairo, both prevailed.

El Tayeb claimed the day's first win - and her maiden appearance in the event's last eight at her sixth attempt - after beating Australian veteran Rachael Grinham 11-8 9-11, 11-8 11-3.

From Zee News

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