Squash: Joshana Chinappa makes maiden World Series quarters

Last Updated: Friday, December 6, 2013 - 15:55

Hong Kong: India`s Joshana Chinappa pulled off a sensational second successive upset in the second round of the Women`s Hong Kong Open to claim her first ever quarter-final berth in a WSA World Series squash event.

After making her breakthrough in the first round where she upset No.7 seed Natalie Grinham, the 27-year-old stunned Denmark`s No.15 seed Line Hansen 12-10, 11-8, 9-11, 11-5 in 44 minutes to become the only unseeded player to reach the last eight of the final World Series Gold event of the year at the Hong Kong Squash Centre here Thursday night.

Currently just two places below the career-high world No.24 ranking she achieved two months ago, 11-time Indian national champion Chinappa made her WSA World Series championship debut in the Kuwait Open qualifiers in March 2005.

Now, 28 World Series events later, the Chennai-born Indian star is making her long awaited quarter-final debut.

"I hadn`t played Line for five years but she`s had some good results recently so I knew it would be tough," Chinappa told www.squashsite.com later. "I really like it here in Hong Kong and seem to play well. That`s two good wins for me."

Chinappa will now face Alison Waters, the No.4 seed from England who took only 23 minutes to dismiss Welsh qualifier Tesni Evans 11-2, 11-4, 11-5. It was Waters that Chinappa met in the first qualifying round in Kuwait in 2005.

"It will be very different tomorrow on the glass court, but I had a great time on there last year (beating Annie Au) so I hope to do well on there again tomorrow," concluded Chinappa.

Two greats of the women`s game will meet in the quarter-finals when defending champion Nicol David, the top seed from Malaysia, takes on 2010 runner up Jenny Duncalf, the fifth seed from England.

In a repeat of last year`s final, David beat France`s Camille Serme - but had to recover from a game down to overcome the No9 seed 7-11, 11-4, 11-6, 11-5 in 41 minutes.

Duncalf was taken the full distance by rising Guyana star Nicolette Fernandes before finally beating the 16th seed 12-10, 9-11, 11-6, 6-11, 11-9 in 76 minutes.

The quarter-final clash will be David and Duncalf`s 28th on the WSA World Tour since February 2002 - and fourth in the Hong Kong Open. The Malaysian holds a 25-2 head-to-head advantage with Duncalf claiming her two victories in quick succession in November 2009.

Quarter-final line up:
[1] Nicol David (MAS) v [5] Jenny Duncalf (ENG)
[4] Alison Waters (ENG) v Joshana Chinappa (IND)
[3] Raneem El Welily (EGY) v [11] Omneya Abdel Kawy (EGY)
[2] Laura Massaro (ENG) v [12] Annie Au (HKG)

IANS

First Published: Friday, December 6, 2013 - 16:42

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